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    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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  • #2
    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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    • #3
      If you want do it right, you have to sand down the old paint.
      Renault Megane...the OEM look

      The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          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.
          - ƒarrow

          www.myspace.com/farrow099

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          • #6
            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.
            New System in progress:
            M10k
            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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            • #7
              How much did they get you for? (to "leather" the dash)
              - ƒarrow

              www.myspace.com/farrow099

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              • #8
                $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:
                M10k
                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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                • #9
                  wow, they do good work, as do you, thats a hella nice vette

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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      I was under the impression he sent in just the modified trim panel.
                      - ƒarrow

                      www.myspace.com/farrow099

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Farrow099
                        I was under the impression he sent in just the modified trim panel.
                        you are correct. i sent them my modded piece and then a sample (cupholder lid) and they matched it perfectly
                        New System in progress:
                        M10k
                        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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                        • #13
                          im having my dash painted to match my exterior.. right now im jsut getting a few trim piecesd one to see wut it looks like.. then its onto the big boys

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by paradoxblue
                            im having my dash painted to match my exterior.. right now im jsut getting a few trim piecesd one to see wut it looks like.. then its onto the big boys

                            What big boys...?
                            Renault Megane...the OEM look

                            The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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                            • #15
                              more hijacking on my part :

                              1. Is there a way to paint the whole dash ( i mean everything) black? cause right now my is greyish and getting discolored.

                              2. Someone said i can use SEM products for it, anything else ? maybe i could dye it?

                              3. How do i know wat kind of material was used to make the dash?

                              If i get enough info i might just write an FAQ while I do it!

                              No smiley to express my gratitude

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