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For those of you who have painted their dashes, what kind of paint did you use? I bought the Duplicolor color change paint, but decided to go with just solid silver. I am not sure what kind of paint to use. Also, have any of you had any problems with peeling, bubbling etc.?
I am going today to get an estimate on painting my headlights so I am going to get an estimate for the dash too just for the hell of it. Did anyone have their dash done professionally?
Just curious. I want to do it myself, but I want to make sure that it looks good. Thanks for any info you can give!
 
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If you prep the plastic right, you won't have problems with bubbling or peeling.

to prep the plastic sand it, then clean it with lacquer thinner, dry it....then paint

You can use any type of paint, regular spray paint works just fine. Make sure you use a good clear on it, or the paint won't stand up to the everyday use and abuse.

Crispy had her dash done professionally (before she re-did it), but if you just go up and ask for them to paint the dash they'll most likely say no. But if you take the pieces apart for them, they'll probably do it.



BTW, the search feature on these forums are really good, and you could've answered most of questions by just searching for dash or painting.
 
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Sounds good. I guess I will just do it myself-be more fun that way anyway


I am going to do it Saturday so I hope to have pics up on my website by next Wed.
 
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IMO that a spray can job can be just as good as a body shop's paint gun, I mean the same phenomenon happens to each paint. The paint has to get atomized in order to adhere and cover correctly, the spray can just isn't as high tech as the airbrush or the paint gun, but I think if you do it correctly, you wouldn't be able to tell which is which.
 
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Not to argue but a spray can can't paint as good as a spray gun. The main reason is that when a spray gun is used the paint and thinner is mixed to be optimized at a specific temp and humidity. A spray can can't do this. At certain temps and humidity levels this can be a problem.
 

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Yes a spray gun is much easier, but it is possible to get a perfectly smooth finish with the spray cans. I used autopaint and clearcoat on mine, not krylon, so it would match my car exactly, and it came out great. A spray gun does coat more evenly and quickly but with patience you can get excellent results from the spray can. Beware the glare after you do this! It takes a little getting used to, or you could just cover it with something when you drive.


Click here to see pics of my dash.
 
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If my car were white or black I'd try it, but since my color doesn't come in a spray can, I get it done by the body shop.
 

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No I would not attempt to paint something as large as ground effects with a spray can. I had mine professionally done. I did my interior myself because they are much smaller than ground effects and can be done just as well with a spray can. I fully admit that a spray gun would be a faster method, but for those who can't afford to have it professionally done or like the satisfaction of doing something themselves, there is nothing wrong with using spray cans. The "right" method here is whichever one suits the owner, because both yield excellent results when done properly. My dash and everyone else's that did it themselves is proof of that.

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If you wanted too, you can buy your car's paint from an auto paint shop and use Preval spray cans which allow you to load the factory paint into it. 1 pint of paint has given me more than enough to do my headlight and tail light covers, and my interior pieces, and I still have plenty left. I think the paint, clearcoat and cans cost me about $100. Getting all that stuff done professionally, I would have had to pay for the paint anyway, plus labor.
 

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with using automotive paint in a preval sprayer you should also be using a reducer to thin the base coat out a little and before spraying interior pieces use a plastic prep that will suck the oils out of the plastic. a body shop would only charge like $75 to spray the interior pieces. i would let them do it b/c you know it will be right
 
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im buying a $150 paint gun this summer and im going to paint my entire dash and clear it my self. and im gonna do some other peoples dashes to to make up for the $150 i lose to buy the gun. but im sure it will look better then spray paint, and i dont have to pay a body shop to do it.
 

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that would be a good investment. I really want to learn how to paint. i plan on building a garage once i buy a house and i will have a bay that is completely filtered for doing window tint. I want to get into paint so investing in a top of the line air filtration system would pay off in the long run. i have a friend that practiced all winter and taught himself how to paint. he bought all the right stuff and after some practice he painted his 96 vw jetta vr6. car came out so good he took 1st place vw semi wild at carlisle compact power jam
 
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