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    So i've almost finished my MDF/Plastic/bondo custom dash - Now i need to think about paint,

    I can use some standard black spray paint ( dash is a smooth matt black ) normally I would lacquer this - can you get a matt lacquer? - or any other suggestions for protecting it?
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  • #2
    Being that you are working with plastic and bonda I would suggest to you a paint made for plastics. I personally use SEM vinyl spray paint that you can pick up from an automotive parts store. Then depending on the finish you want you could wet sand it.

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    • #3
      how durable is this finish?
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      • #4
        Hmm, is it possible to give it a 'CF' look? Perhaps some tape or something? Anyone know?

        Edit:

        I found CF tape, but that wouldnt cover the area or give it the looks. Hmmm.
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        • #5
          I too am interested if theres any sheets of CF that you could use....

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          • #6
            i've definatly seen large CF panels - try a bit of googling
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            • #7
              u can get a matt lacquer..

              what sorta paint are u using??
              if its an enamle.. like a 2pac car paint paint.. generaly they are pretty strong and dont really need a lacqure.. the finish is off the gun...

              if u go for an acrylic u will have to laqure it.

              look for car paints.. there alot tougher
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              • #8
                ended up spraying it with a black "satin" spray paint, came up perfect - and matches other dash panels well, no need to lacquer the finish seems very durable..
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                • #9
                  There are CF twill that you can buy on ebay for about $20. I bought the sheet, it looks really good, I think it just needs a layer of resin over it to give it the finished look. I've never fiberglassed before, but I guess it's meant to take the place of the fiberglass sheets.
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                  • #10
                    I used "satin" paint. But I wish I had used vinyl dye (SEMS, etc) because the finish would be much more durable.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by meissenation
                      There are CF twill that you can buy on ebay for about $20. I bought the sheet, it looks really good, I think it just needs a layer of resin over it to give it the finished look. I've never fiberglassed before, but I guess it's meant to take the place of the fiberglass sheets.
                      CF for cosmetic purposes are tough to work with. The stuff you usually see, like hoods, and wings, are built using molds (and usually vacuum bagging). The molds are coated with a tooling gel, to aid in the removal of the plug (the piece you built) and the mold. When its popped off the mold, the tooling gel is what gives it the smooth clear finish.

                      If you tried this at home, without a mold, it wont come out as well.
                      Without the proper tools, CF is a pain in the a$$.
                      I've tried working with CF and Aramid a few times, but as far as cosmetics go, they never came out very well. (I was still using a mold, but no vacuum bagging). I still to fiberglass now. Its cheaper and easier to work with.

                      If you can get your hands on the tools, give it a shot. Any college or university that works with composite construction, like building airplane wings and fuselages, would have the proper tools.

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                      • #12
                        I used black bumper paint for my dash and it looks exactly like the factory finish. Hold the can like 2 feet away and give it thin layers. I was playing with the finish by holding the can at different distances.

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                        • #13
                          depends exactly what way u want to use the CF. I.e if u want to to be actual cf, then yea- Lebult is rite.
                          However - if u just want a CF look - in new zealand there is a place called repco (kinda super-cheap auto type stuff) sells some stickon cf lookalike. (Think duracell or window tint kinda stuff). Looks real nice if done properly, if not- looks helluva cheap and crappy
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                          • #14
                            Paint

                            Hi,

                            first off I worked in a body shop since I was 16.

                            for use on dashes and other interrior parts we always used a water based paint with a laquer based clear. The rease is because if you screw up the paint it is much cheaper to fix and lays out well with one heavy coat. Just get a primer and a good clear coat. never failed us
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                            • #15
                              will get some pics of the completed dash part today for ya

                              James
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