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    Repainting dash

    Several months ago I modified a junkyard dash to fit my truck and my screen. The dash was textured, so I had to fill in the stock texture with primer before I painted. After bondoing using a product called liquid plastic, I followed this procedure (I used all SEM products):

    -sand entire piece with 220 then 400 grit sand paper
    -clean dash
    -2 light coats of adhesion promoter
    -10 coats of primer
    -sand primer down with 400 grit sand paper to create a smooth surface (the primer had filled in the veins of the stock faux leather texture)
    -clean with water
    -3 coats of texture spray to create uniform texture across the whole piece
    -8 or so light coats of paint to finish it off

    The paint has held up just fine, but now I would like to repaint it as I have found some paint made by Ford that will exactly match my interior. My question is, do I have to sand everything off and repeat this entire procedure? If there's another way, I'd like to avoid the significant amount of time and materials involved, but I also want to do it right. The worse thing that could happen is I repaint it and in two more months have it start peeling. So what do I need to do?
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    sand the whole thing down with some 60 and then move up and up and up thats how i did it with my bike parts and stock dash works well

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    If you want do it right, you have to sand down the old paint.

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    i have a question very similar to this *sorry if you consider it thread jacking*

    The dash in my car is a pretty soft material, probably vinyl to pay it would i have to sand it or revinyl it? and if i paint it in SEM, wont it flake if i push hard on the dash and the paint loosens??

    **edit** donde, you have a very nice dash assembly

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    There IS plastic safe paint stripper; Bumper stripper works with certain plastics (melted my abs dash though so beware!)...

    I ended up using Polly Scale ELO (easy lift off) which is made for use on model trains and such, worked excellant with some steel wool! I had my "textured" paint and the krylon fusion primer off in no time. AND it didn't eat my ABS Dashboard (that was underneath) at all.

    FYI I picked it up at a local model train/hobby shop for $11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by romul
    i have a question very similar to this *sorry if you consider it thread jacking*

    The dash in my car is a pretty soft material, probably vinyl to pay it would i have to sand it or revinyl it? and if i paint it in SEM, wont it flake if i push hard on the dash and the paint loosens??

    **edit** donde, you have a very nice dash assembly
    SEM paints have a flex additive in them so they are designe to bend without cracking.

    there is a company that i used that will match oem texture and color. the company is called leather magic and they do great work.
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    How much did they get you for? (to "leather" the dash)

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    $65 and it was an exact match, even when taking a picture (usually that shows any difference in sheen or color) it matches perfectly

    stock:

    modified:
    New System in progress:
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    Phaze TD1500 ~> Dynaudio MD130
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
    Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
    Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
    Transflective Xenarc

    My Car Pc Install
    My Boat Pc worklog

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    wow, they do good work, as do you, thats a hella nice vette

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_fx
    SEM paints have a flex additive in them so they are designe to bend without cracking.

    there is a company that i used that will match oem texture and color. the company is called leather magic and they do great work.
    you sent them the whole dash ? and they recovered it or you used one of their products?

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