just fixing this.
Scott: fiberglass is about the only thing you can do to your dash to make it nice and smooth here... It's vinyl so you can't sand it like other stuff.
Let me help you out on this topic.
As you might know Jermain, I have tried spray paint (cheap wal mart stuff) Krylic Fusion (supposedly an interior paint) and as well as full Auto Body paint. (same tuff you use on the doors/roof/hood/etc parts of your car)
All of these methods were tried on un-sanded vinyl dashes for the reason when priming and sanding the vinyl would just bunch up and ruin the whole project.
Now when using cheap spray paint I should of known what was going to happen. Itís cheap, nothing cheap for paint id going to work.
For the Krylic Fusion, held good and looked okay but nothing special, and yes there was texture. I hated it and it looked offal.
Now for auto paint, good auto paint. This is the stuff when you go get your actual exterior of your car painted they use. Exactly the same. If anyone wants the exact products there were: PPGs k-38 primmer with PPGs 201 catalyst and PPGs 885 reducer. DPLF90 sealer. DBC Black base with 885 reducer. And PPGs 2042 clear with PPGs DX61 catalyst. So with the texture there it looked like crap. A lot of orange peel and just the fact that the texture was there killed it all.
At this point I gave up. For a while at least.
About a month I was painting an ABS plastic front fascia and we used PPGs k-38 high fill primer like always but we added a flex agent. I had never used this before and wanted to see how it would help if we flexed the plastic later. So everything worked out great. We could bend it, flex it, anything. Nothing happened to the paint. Now a couple days ago we were taking it off the car and the first time we bent it crack crack crack. The whole paint job practically fell off. We were all thinking what the heck. We talked with PPG and they informed us that it only lasts one week. Just for assembly. So we did not know this.
Even though that didnít work out I found out something that would help me with my vinyl dash.
Ever seen this stuff???
We were talking with the guys from PPG and they told us about their newest product called SX1057 2k flexible sealer primer.
We sprayed it on a 8x11 piece of printer paper. Let it dry for 1 week. We then folded the paper in half, and put a crease into the paper. We opened it up and NOTHING. no cracks or anything. We then tried to rip the paper, and thatís what happened, the paper ripped but the primer did nothing. WOW right.
So I thought why canít we do this with our vinyl dashes???
I did it.
Because this is a high fill primer you have the capability to spray several coats on the dash and then sand it all down so you get the FULL smooth and glass look.\
After that I had to test it out so my friend and I both grabbed an end and started to twist, and whoa I wasnít thinking about that. We cracked the dash, but the primer was still holding it together.
So I now know this stuff is for real.
We did it again and this time we didnít test it out, we knew it was for real.
After that we sprayed out DBC base, which was a special mix with black base with red pearl. We then clear coated it with PPGs glamour shine 2055 clear coat. 3 coats.
WOW. I could not believe it.
Jermain, I know you were at the BBQ but I did not have the dash there. I will be doing another one this week or next and I will have pictures for everyone.
Hope this gave some more insight on the whole Interior painting topic.
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