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What Paints do u guys use when u r painitng the dash and ect.
 

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I did a search about this and found that ppl are using SEM color coat (although I have not been able to find where it is sold) and duplicolor for the dash. I know that duplicolor also has paint that can be used on the engine. I plan on taking some paint to my dash in the near future too :biggrin:
 

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nothing but duplicolor. Just make sure you get hi-temp clear coat for the dash, for when it's in the sun.

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Could you use Auto paint? I'm talking about getting paint from the body shop and using that. I'd like to match mine to the exterior. I know it'd be a bit pricy but probably worth it.....
 

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For the best coverage and optimal shine... nothing but auto body paints

for vinyl dashes that do and will flex, SEM paints (auto body paints can have a flex agent added to do the same with optimal shine)

for a decent shine, do it yourself, and a fair price, pick any of the duplicolor hues that you like....

you don't need hi-temp clear... in fact it will dull your finish more than a normal clear will because of the ceramic content.... hi-temp paint is for 500+ temps... the most your car will ever see on a hot summer texas day with the windows rolled up in the sun would be 250* tops and that's quite high... getting above 200* if far fetched....

mind you before painting, prepping is very important... if you want it shiny you'll need to sand it first as smooth as you can to remove all textures and imperfections, then prime it first, and sand the primer... this will give you the smoothest possible finish.... for deep textures (like the a-pillar), a high build primer should be used, it will save you hours in sanding....

Finally a shiny dash will glare off your windshield on a sunny day.... just put a towel over it and you are fine
 

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I was told to use SEM paints.. which I found places where they can be ordered off the net is best. You can use it with little sanding involved. Was I misinformed and should use Duplicolor instead???
 

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it depends on the finish you want....

if you want to keep the textured look, don't sand... if you want a smooth glossy look you must sand it smooth....

SEM paints are really for items that will flex, like your vinyl dash area... but the trim pieces around the stereo and guage bezzels don't flex, so you can use any paint you want really. SEM paints are limited in the # of colors offered, and are usually more expensive and harder to find, hence why duplicolor is a good alternative
 
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