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post #91 of 107 (permalink) Old 09-05-2013, 08:39 AM
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BTW, Rust-oleum also have a line of fabric and vinyl paint. Fabric and vinyl paint may have more flex agent than universal paint to prevent flaking. The SEM mentioned here is also a fabric and vinyl paint.

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@Turbotrauma sanding with 2000 grit may be too fine? Scuffing with 800 may be a better idea?

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Here is a product that sounds like it was made specifically for our cars...

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Great write up, for some reason my interior is pristine except for the dash, which seems to be a little soft and gummy, and it is scratched, presumably because it is soft and gummy! Is this normal for IS dashes?

I have already priced a new one, (a little under $400 discounted OEM) but am interested in the paint thinner method of smoothing thing as well, actually I already did the little bar above the glovebox, which was the worst, I used some mild cleaners then taped it, then used some duplicolor flat black vinyl spray, that matched pretty well. Was considering taping at all off and doing the whole dash in place, I know you could spray it better off the car, but less chance of screwing something else up pulling masking tape off than pulling out and re-installing the dash.

Edit: Don't know what happened looked like a one page topic and thought I had read it all, then it went to 7 pages, my question about the gummy dashes seems to be answered, it is a common problem, no? Actually I am kind of glad to hear it, as the airbags are under the dash, and with the dash all scratched up (and the rest of the interior like new) I wondered if the car had popped the airbags and someone replaced the dash, scratching it up in the process.

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I just did this over the weekend and had some trouble with the side air bag.

The following pictures should help others with step 38b. If you could add these pictures to your first post, I'm sure others would appreciate it.

IMG_20141012_103014_50_2 shows the keyhole on the frame

IMG_20141012_103326_50_2 shows the metal part on the airbag cover which is inserted into the keyhole and then slides up for the upper bolt to be attached

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I used 100% acetone - nail polish remover. It did a great job of stripping all of the low quality Lexus gunk.
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Hey guys, I have painted my dash and am in the process of putting it back in the car, but Im not sure if all the clips are properly mated at the front (the orange ones directly under the windshield).
Is there supposed to be a gap between the dash and the windscreen itself? I cant remember if it was there before, but if I shine a light at the bottom of the windshield from inside I can make out the reflected bare metal of the car. Could someone confirm if this is normal? Cheers

EDIT: Checked with another vehicle. Gap is normal

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Just finished this - some suggestions

1. There is one additional bolt that needs to be removed that is missing from the steps. It is high in the dash near the dash tray.
2. For the a-pillars covers if you have a 02+, there are metal tabs in slots that that hold them in place. You must use force to slide them down so that you can pull them out of the exit hole at the bottom of the slot. Also you may need to use a little more force if the pillars are stuck to the windshield adhesive.
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I used these instructions a few months ago and got great results. I used 91% rubbing alcohol(isopropyl alcohol)from the grocery store to remove the gunk and it worked better than anything else. I had my upholsterer repaint the dash and he charged me $275. It has been holding up well. I would not have attempted this DIY project without the instructions so much thanks to the author!!
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Awesome dyi, just did ours.
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Thanks for sharing!
Here is my before and after pics.

Used Alcohol and shop towels to remove gunk
Scotch bright pads + soap
SEM adhesive + SEM Landau Black Color Coat - very happy with the result!

One advise - Stay calm when you will be putting your perfectly refinished dash back! Wrap steering wheel in something and tape corners of the dash (especially driver's side) I scratched mine a little bid and it's made my rest of the day








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Excellent job! Post up a pic of the complete dash back in if you have one. Before and after.
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Stupid photobucket... ruining the pictures in this great post
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For those of you that have done this.. I see no one has wrapped it.. I kinda wanted to wrap the trims in some carbon fiber wrap.. is there a reason no one wraps it or can i go ahead and do it?
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For those of you that have done this.. I see no one has wrapped it.. I kinda wanted to wrap the trims in some carbon fiber wrap.. is there a reason no one wraps it or can i go ahead and do it?
You can wrap anything these days, as long as you have the skill for it
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I've considered wrapping the smooth portions of the dash in white, but I honestly feel like the transitions between wrap and unwrapped dash would look bad and rough. Granted I know pretty much nothing about wrapping. But I wonder if anyone has done that specifically?

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can someone or the OP update the pics? we cant see them due to photobucket
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