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    Finished up the dash bezel yesterday...Bondo, primer, putty, finish coat...

    I really liked how it looked with the flat black primer, and I was tempted to leave it at that, but primer isn't very durabable all by itself...
    So I bought a can of Duplicolour black trim paint...basically, flat black...

    Except, it's no where near flat black. If I didn't do a 'texture' coat on it, it would probably look full-glossy!

    So I'm thinking about maybe sanding it smooth and getting some REAL flat black paint...

    What'cha think?

    (Pay no attention to the filled ashtray area...I'm having a piece of machine acrylic made to cover it (with USB ports, blue LED back-lighting, engine start button, etc...)








  • #2
    I think it looks great! What make and model vehicle is thing going into?
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    • #3
      Nice work man, do you have a before and after pic ?

      I used the same paint for my bezel in my Acura and it turned out pretty good! It also seems to last longer then I thought...

      Nice work again bro!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dMand View Post
        I think it looks great! What make and model vehicle is thing going into?
        '02 SVT Focus..
        Thanks!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by VmtSquad View Post
          Nice work man, do you have a before and after pic ?

          I used the same paint for my bezel in my Acura and it turned out pretty good! It also seems to last longer then I thought...

          Nice work again bro!

          Vmt
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          • #6
            BTW, it's opened up enough to fit the 8" Lili...it was 1.5 DIN stock...

            Here is what's going in the HVAC area...

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            • #7
              I like.

              Nice job!
              Play with it, 'til it's broke.

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              • #8
                Thanks...
                Do you think it should be a flatter black?

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                • #9
                  IMO, no... It's not a super-high gloss black, but has enough sheen to give it that "wet" look of cleanliness. However, a flatter black would make the other parts stand out more.
                  Play with it, 'til it's broke.

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                  • #10
                    Try SEM satin black color coat. Its very nice.
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                    • #11
                      Great work, What kind of texture?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by WuNgUn View Post
                        Thanks...
                        Do you think it should be a flatter black?
                        You can always spray two or three primer coats while sanding in between, on top of the black paint to get a flatter look. Then wet sand again with 2000 grit for a more durable final finish if texture is not needed.

                        I did my black dash cover plate the same way. I find that having an ultra flat black finish in the end will make it easier to match the plastic-like dash finish by touching it up with Armor-All once the paint has fully cured.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Nexson View Post
                          Great work, What kind of texture?
                          Texture is from spray technique...

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                          • #14
                            nice work

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                            • #15
                              Here it is illuminated with the screen, VU Meters and Griffin Powermate mounted...
                              (Cheap cam messed up the blue colour...it's not this pale)





                              As for the ugly, filled ashtray opening, I'm having this machined from clear acrylic (back painted black)...



                              The lower right rectangle is for my engine start/stop button...behind it is provisions for 2 blue LED's to light up the acrylic...
                              The top left square is for a pair of USB ports...
                              The green outlines are machined into the face for illumination, and the two small circles over the switch mount are status LED's...

                              The REAL trick will be to locate the original HVAC controls into the glovebox...I basically have to extend the operating cables (2 pair) and the fan wiring loom to reach...

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