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Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 1:13 pm 
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Hey fellas.

Ive noticed on quite a few of people's instrument clusters (think hyena just to name one) have painted the black mask thing that is inside the instument cluster to like silver or whatever

Im just checkin is there any sort of paint that i should be using to do this, such as water based, or like enamel?. Dont wanna get the wrong type of paint and see the plastic getting eaten lol

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Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 1:57 pm 
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Plenty of posts on this but a quick synopsis - make sure it has been cleaned thoroughly then give it a couple of thin coats of "plastic trim primer". After that you can paint it with most anything.

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 7:26 pm 
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ive done it,

clean very well (no armorall) and the plastic primer. i used a matte black plastic spray.

dont cut corners on it, many painted dash's i look at most people dont spray the vents, and thngs like the air con, just looks unfinnished. take you time and do it right.

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Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:03 pm 
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i think hes talking about the instrument cluster surround (guages bit), but your quite correct in saying that cleaning is the key to a good job.
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Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:24 pm 
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It matters not - if you're painting plastic, use a plastic primer..

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 10:31 pm 
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ah my bad, yeah just primer then paint easy 1hour job

 

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Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 11:02 pm 
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alright wicked thanks guys :)
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Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 11:37 pm 
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a good primer to use is tamiya primer (model car primer ) - it acks as a filler aswell if you plan on painting the outer facia

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:16 am 
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I just used car exterior paint... no primer.. i did it about 8 months ago and don't got no problems.

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:29 pm 
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as it is protected against anything touching it by the plastic cover most paints will be fine for the job

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:26 pm 
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Ok cool thanks for ya help guys, ill let you know how it goes. Im basically gonna do all my dash in hopefully one day lol. Ill post pictures up of how i go
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rushed wrote:
ive done it,

clean very well (no armorall) and the plastic primer. i used a matte black plastic spray.

dont cut corners on it, many painted dash's i look at most people dont spray the vents, and thngs like the air con, just looks unfinnished. take you time and do it right.

good luck,
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Ive sprayed the surrounds in my dash, the air con vent surrounds, but not the actual vents themselves to break the silver up, and give it a bit of contrast.

 

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