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My stock dash has a plethora of gauges and controllers mounted in it and I dont really want to buy another one and try to get all of them back in there the way I currently have them. So I have thought about taking the dash apart and painting it black so that I can get rid of all the stratch marks in it. Has anyone taken there stock 93 style dash and painted it? How did you get all that funky 'velvet' crap off?

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stripping that rubber shit off is a major PITA. i used paint thinner and scrubbed the hell out of it until it was all off. I've heard that acetone works better though b/c it peels off easier so you may want to try that. It looks 100% better though
 
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I am a little concerned that with chemicals it would etch or melt the plastic, especially something like acetone. I was think like a 1000 grit sandpaper would work well. hmmm :confused:

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soupriz said:
I am a little concerned that with chemicals it would etch or melt the plastic, especially something like acetone. I was think like a 1000 grit sandpaper would work well. hmmm :confused:

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I still have yet to try doing this since my dash looks pretty good, but I'm almost sure that laquer thinner is "harder" on certain plastics than acetone. Again, not sure about the mkiv dash plastic one way or another since I've been too lazy to find and test on an old piece.

By the way, 1000 would be too smooth. If you sand them, you'll want to start around 360-400 and finish at 500-800 then paint. Remember to scuff them with Comet after that stuff is sanded off so that you will properly treat the raw plastic for paint/adhesion ;)
 

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1000 grit will take you forever, or it probably wont even do anything, when i was stripping the dash of the rubber i had to start with 100grit first and then i stopped at 400 because i later had it painted
 

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blacksupra94 said:
They are telling you the hard way. Just pull that thing off and start sprayin!!!:D :D


Do this Country a favor.............dont ever open up a bodyshop! LOL :p :D
 

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i painted mine and i used paint thinner. it didn't eat the plastic at all. it was farely easy for the stuff to come off mine. my suggestion though is don't paint it black. i regret doing mine black even though it looks great. the fine sctraches your fingers or if you have dust on it and you wipe it off it has shows fine sctraches. like surface scratches not like down to the plastic or anything.

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What type of paint do you use? I saw the new Krylon plastic paint on a lawn chair and the finish was amazing. It literally looked like the chair was originally molded with green plastic.
 

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I too painted mine black. It is like a car... looks great when clean, but when it gets dusty with finger prints, it looks like ass. I also used epoxy paint for durability. It worked well, but i had to heat the can up before spraying so it would not leave that wrinkled finish. I am going back with a charcoal gray. The epoxy paint is a bitch to sand!

Please note! I was extremly cutious when heating the can!


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i am gonna paint mine also and will have my body shop paint it red to match the car.. should i let them prep it and deal with the rubber stuff?or should i prep it before they might take the easy way out and paint ove it. i do want it perfect though.btw im gonna do the engine bay plastics also at the same time.valve cover fuse bock cover,battery braket ,etc. any prep i should do there also????
 

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I really like the look of a silver painted dash, but does anyone have pictures of red painted dahes on the supra? Ive never seen it and wonder how it would look?
 

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i had mine painted by my body shop. they did a good job. they sanded it befor they painted.

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Por2geezSupra said:
I really like the look of a silver painted dash, but does anyone have pictures of red painted dahes on the supra? Ive never seen it and wonder how it would look?

I'm pretty sure it would look like one or more of these below:

ghetto
rice
cheap
rice
too shiny
jacked-up
rice
cheap

It's an mkiv......your car does not want you to do this!
 

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ok ,so far my dash is in many pieces. i have been rubbing my ass off for many hours. like 6 so far and i have been using laquer thinner. that rubber junk takes forever to get off. my hands hurt now. i want to remove every lil bit of it so when the body shop paints it itll be smooth clean no fish eyes bumps dust or any other defects to show through. they say they will paint it the stock clearcoat base coat red to match my new paint on the car.i also have the door handles and power window panels off since the rubber on tham is flaky also. is it necessary to strip even the smallest lil rubber that might be left on any panel? i have been very anal on not leaveing any left to show up after painting.?any more tips??
 

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ok now i also have remove all the green condoms on the bulbs in the dash and a/c switch. now the ? is which bulbs to put in it now?or just leave the clear ones in.should i use the site above to order the replacement leds or just use blue or red ones from any store.?
 
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