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READ THIS BEFORE ATTEMPTING

DONT USE CRAPPY PAINT!

So, I did my dash two weeks ago and was really disappointed with the outcome... the Rustoleum paint looked inconsistent and chipped off easily.

I finally found the *perfect paint* for this job, so I ripped it all back out and redid it all . It's called SEM Color Coat and it's the same shit used by body shops. It's fade resistant and designed for dashes (flexible plastic/vinyl). It's really expensive, but worth it. You can find it at professional paint shops.

My method:

1) Strip off the sticky stuff w/ paint thinner
2) Wetsand imperfections down with 800/2000 grit sp
3) Scrub with soapy water
4) DRY 100%
5) Apply SEM Plastic Adhesion Promoter (if you want it to last)
6) Apple SEM Paint just like any other (light, 10 mins between coats)





BEFORE:





AFTER:

SEM "Landau Black" (semi gloss oem look)





SEM Color Coat applies like a dye to the plastic, it dries smooth and extremely durable compared to the cheap stuff. Highly recommend it!

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READ THIS BEFORE ATTEMPTING

DONT USE CRAPPY PAINT!

So, I did my dash two weeks ago and was really disappointed with the outcome... the Rustoleum paint looked inconsistent and chipped off easily.

I finally found the *perfect paint* for this job, so I ripped it all back out and redid it all . It's called SEM Color Coat and it's the same shit used by body shops. It's fade resistant and designed for dashes (flexible plastic/vinyl). It's really expensive, but worth it. You can find it at professional paint shops.

My method:

1) Strip off the sticky stuff w/ paint thinner
2) Wetsand imperfections down with 800/2000 grit sp
3) Scrub with soapy water
4) DRY 100%
5) Apply SEM Plastic Adhesion Promoter (if you want it to last)
6) Apple SEM Paint just like any other (light, 10 mins between coats)





BEFORE:





AFTER:

SEM "Landau Black" (semi gloss oem look)





SEM Color Coat applies like a dye to the plastic, it dries smooth and extremely durable compared to the cheap stuff. Highly recommend it!
This is great thanks for Posting it. I was going to use plastidip but this looks like a professional job

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I dont have any problema with rustoleum. I even painted my grill and it still looks like a champ. No chipping. Did you just use one coat?


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2 years later my dash is still the same. Sounds like not enough paint or poor prep.
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Well, also it's super humid here in Houston and that makes it harder to paint. Clear coat = impossible here. Another issue I had was Rustoleum cans shooting blobs of paint and drying with lighter spots even after 4 coats.

To each his own, you can use Walmart stuff or the pro stuff. SEM is absolutely top notch and the chemical flash time is pretty decent too.

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i did it here in gulfport, ms i dont think humid is the problem and im only 6 hours away from you .. i used the rustoleum can from lowes which has a better nozzle spray much like a spray gun from a body shop..

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Well, also it's super humid here in Houston and that makes it harder to paint. Clear coat = impossible here. Another issue I had was Rustoleum cans shooting blobs of paint and drying with lighter spots even after 4 coats.

To each his own, you can use Walmart stuff or the pro stuff. SEM is absolutely top notch and the chemical flash time is pretty decent too.
not trying to hate on you in anyway, i think yours turned out great, really good job.

but i found the SEM Color Coat you used for $9 on amazon.. so not sure how much you paid for yours to call it expensive.





and $10 from summit racing

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/smm-15013
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How many cans am I looking at to tackle this beast??

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i bought 3 cans but used approximately 1.5 cans just depends on how much coats you choose to go with.


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2 cans to be safe. Again, my dash has held up just fine since I posted this thread...If you want to venture off with other paint that's no problem, turbotrauma's dash came out looking great. Just don't take his word and assume what I used to be 'crappy,' the evidence speaks for itself.
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This the one thing that pisses me off about my is, looks like I will be doing this or buying a new dash.

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Great write up ima attempt to do this tomorrow
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i keep putting this off anyway i have 2 questions

1. the textured part on the dash will that come off if stripped?

2. what have you guys found to strip the paint down to the plastic
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I used acetone and rags to get the bulk off and then acetone and bristle scrubbing brush to get into the textured surfaces. You really need to get stuck into it and get all the little bits out, otherwise the dies and paints wont bind to the substrate and just sit on top of the bits of the original coating eventually cracking and bubbling. It takes a bit of work, but like any good paint job the end result is directly related to the prep work more than anything else

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i keep putting this off anyway i have 2 questions

1. the textured part on the dash will that come off if stripped?

2. what have you guys found to strip the paint down to the plastic

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