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Old 05-22-2007
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Another painting question...search didnt help

I understand the painting of the radio bezel and such.

But is there a different process to paint the 3 heater/ac vents that pop out?
(the 2 on top of the dash and the one on the right side of the radio)

Since they seem to feel a bit different than the rubber on the bezel, and i wanna make sure i do it right the first time.

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Wasn't there just a thread on this? Try searching real quick.
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Wasn't there just a thread on this? Try searching real quick.
Well ive spent about an hr looking and reading and havnt found it, so im either over looking it or its not there.

Any help?
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I did the same process and they turned out great. I would leave the one by the radio bezel alone...I don't think it looks good painted there...but thats just my opinion. I did the two on the dash.
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I did the same process and they turned out great. I would leave the one by the radio bezel alone...I don't think it looks good painted there...but thats just my opinion. I did the two on the dash.
What steps did you use to paint them?
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Lemmie get out my notes...
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Painting Interior How - To

Clean part with simple green or your favorite degreaser. Scrub with a dish sponge. Rinse, dry.

(This is to get off all the armour all you've been putting on)

Scrub the part again using soapy water (dishsoap works well). Rinse. Dry

Wipe the entire part down with rubbing alcohol.

Sand part with 140 grit automotive sandpaper. I use the sandpaper sponges from 3M.

For the radio bezel, be sure to sand down the rubber coating as well. You might want to go with a coarser grit for the rubber coating, just be careful not to scratch underneath.

Use 320 then 400 grit, then 600 wetsand, to a smooth finish.

If you want you could use 1200 grit to make it a really smooth finish.

Clean (can use rubbing alcohol again)

Use Duplicolor adhesive promoter, following the directions on the can of adhesion promoter, do 2 to 3 coats. Remember to keep the adhesion promoter layers very light, or they can create runs that can screw up the finish.

Use Dupicolor bumper primer or SEM vinyl and fabric spray, several light coats.

Wait for coat to tack or dry then add another coat.

Make sure to use either of these kinds of primers because they allow flex..if you don't the paint will chip or crack when your part moves and expands while driving.

Make sure you lightly sand down any bumps or scratches before painting. Let the primer FULLY dry before starting to paint.

Paint 3 coats. Wait for paint to tack or dry before adding more coats.

Finalize with 3 coats of Duplicolor clear enamel.

Be patient and wait a couple days before installing your interior piece if its in an area that you touch often. You want to be sure the paint is completely dry.

Install and enjoy
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Thanks man.
Sad thing is, i did remember reading that exact post now in a few threads you posted a while ago.

But hey, thanks again.

Hope to get this stuff going this weekend, just been working on getting the rubber off of the radio bezel...its a
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Good luck! (using just your thumb that stuff rubs off pretty good)
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Thats what ive been doing, just takes a while to get every last bit of it, esp in the little detail areas
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