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Old 03-11-2006
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Tips for re-painting interior plastic parts

Anyone have a good link to show step by step the proper way to repaint/refinish interior parts.


Rec'd my OHC and center floor console for my truck, but want to re-do them in black to match the rest of the interior.


I've heard a light sanding first, then a vinyl/plastic prep spray, primer, then paint.

Anyone? Anyone?
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Heres what I do
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Painting Interior Process

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 320 grit automotive sandpaper. 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 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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Nice!
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whats the point of cleaning it really well before you sand it and get it all dirty again?
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to get ALL of the armor all off.
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yea, saves time and sandpaper from washing all the armour all off instead of sanding it off. More effective to start sanding from the bare piece, not with gunk all over it
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make sure you take before and after pics
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