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    How to recolor/repaint stock dash?

    I have a 1990 Dodge Caravan in which I am overhauling the interior. I'm repainting the dash and other miscellaneous plastic, along with building a fiberglass center console and adding some bucket seats in the back in place of the bench seat. But my question concerns the stock dashboard. I don't want to reshape it or add to it in anyway, i just want to repaint it. Ideally, i'd like to use the same color red on all interior panels, so I don't think a red vinyl dye is possible. Is there any other way to change the stock dashboard color? Bondo, primer, paint? All three, one of them? What will it take to make paint stick to the vinyl?

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    i did this to my explorer i had a tan dash trim i changed it to flatt black
    process i used was

    sand it down with 60 grit till you cant see the shine dont get lazy on this part cuz it will **** it all up

    then to get a smooth feel take like 220 grit wetordry paper 1st sand it down lightly with dry and then wet it and sand it if u have never wet sanded ull enjoy it its fun no dust kicks up - use a spray hose and put it over the piece or have a friend help u out its better then dipping into the bucket with the paper
    once its smooth to the touch if u see any spots just sand it down and fix it

    then get a can of high build primer and prime the whole piece do atleast 2 coats wait bout 15 minutes between the coats if you find some rough spots use some 220 and sand it down lightly then wet sand just that spot

    reprime it and once u like it PAINT TIME if ur gonna do a clear coat over it wait atleast 1 hour after painting and then clear coat and let the clear coat dry for alteast 24 hours to get a nice look HAVE FUN

    btw some people will disagree with me on this but this is what i did and i love how mine turned out

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    pssst...... vinyl dye.... Don't tell nooobody!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackflux
    pssst...... vinyl dye.... Don't tell nooobody!
    100% agreement there.

    Check out VHT penetrating vinly dyes. Summitracing.com carries it. Much better than the stuff you find at autozone.

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    :-P wow i feel dumb i didnt read the part where it says make paint stick to vynal lol.. oh well now u know how to paint plastic too :-P

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    Quote Originally Posted by xdjxklusivex
    :-P wow i feel dumb i didnt read the part where it says make paint stick to vynal lol.. oh well now u know how to paint plastic too :-P
    I was wondering how your vinyl came out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xdjxklusivex
    :-P wow i feel dumb i didnt read the part where it says make paint stick to vynal lol.. oh well now u know how to paint plastic too :-P
    yeah, i was a little bit confused but, vinyl dye it is, thanks a lot guys. i'll start taking pics when this project starts rolling.

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