My project for the day - advice needed
Getting ever closer to a full install. My project for today was taking that little trim panel (plug whatever) and sanding it down smooth, bondo-ing it and sanding it again ready for me to hack into with the dremel. It was embossed with the trailblazer logo and quite ugly I might add, but I thought it would serve a more useful purpose.
I hacked into my IR Man and desoldered the eye from the circuit board and attached about 6" leads so I could orient the eye like I needed. Then just ripped into the piece with a dremel. I purposely made my cuts larger than the needed to be because me plan was to use this plastic putty compound I picked up to fill in the gaps and create an exact mold of the item that was going in that particular location.
It worked like a charm! As you can see from the pic I still need to remove the IR eye and cover up the usb port so I can sand it and bondo it again in prep for... oh yeah the reason for the post!
I could make it smooth and paint it to match the dash, but that would be different than every other dash piece. What I want to do is texture it to match the grain of the rest of the dash. Any suggestions on how to accomplish this?
There are people that work out of vans that do this specifically - maybe a smash repairer could hook you up?
Failing that - trim the piece in vinyl that has the same grain?
I use texture coating to texture my dash pieces. Go to your local auto paint store and get a product by "SEM" part number 39853 texture coating. I usually put the piece on the ground and hold the can about 4 or 5 feet above it and kinda let the texture fall on to it. You can get different results at different distances. Then I paint it with vinyl paint. Hope this helps.