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Old 01-30-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
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Anyone paint their Cloth Dashkits?

Hi guys,

I remember seeing a thread or someone painting their own cloth dash kits. I was wondering if anyone recalls that? or even better, have any experience doing it themselves.

I want to strip the cloth and paint it... I was just wondering if anyone else has ever tried this =)
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Old 01-30-2011, 09:07 PM   #2
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the actual cloth? that's a new one on me. I'm not sure you can actually paint it. Dye it would probably be the better approach. If you're actually going to remove it from the panel then it's useless though as there is a foam backing to it that's glued to the fabric and the panel. It does not come off in one piece so, when you would go to reapply it, it wouldn't be very good. My suggestions is to either try to dye it on the panel or remove the fabric and install a fabric of your choosing. There is a DIY thread on that.
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:20 PM   #3
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I think he's meaning stripping the cloth off, and painting the plastic. I'm actually about to do this myself as well. Should be pretty easy. Hardest part will be poping them off w/o damaging anything, but it's not too bad. There's a thread around here somewhere showing how to take them off.

Not sure when I'll get around to it myself, prolly right before I take my car out of storage. I work at a body shop so that's where I'll be painting them, I'd recommend doing that as well, instead of a can of spray paint. Just my .02
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:03 AM   #4
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Can you link me to the DIY? And yes, I plan on stripping the cloth, so I can have a smooth looking dash.
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:25 AM   #5
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yeah i just did that tonight. im waiting to do the door panels for now since that requires a little more work and i plan on doing some light mods to the door panel while its out. Just pry off the pieces and you will see the cloth is pretty much stapled and glued on. i just removed that staples with some pliers and ripped the cloth off. to get the glue off i used goo gone and it came of pretty easy. then sand and paint. dont got any pics but there are plenty on here if you look.
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:34 AM   #6
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whoa cool! Goo gone eh? Sounds like a plan. Then I definately will do this. I'll probably look up how to get those dash and door panels off. Hey, make sure to post your progress, I bet that looks sweet.
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Old 01-31-2011, 06:45 PM   #7
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I spray paint straight through the cloths. Eventually, the surface will smooth out with a lot of paint layers over it. After that, hit it with a lot of clear and you will get a smooth shinny surface.

Don't take out the cloth because you will not have an even surface with the dash.
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Old 01-31-2011, 06:58 PM   #8
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I did not have the cloth panels due to having a LS. I just had the bare gray plastic pieces. For preping I used 300 to 600 grit sandpaper and used 2 cans of the krylon plastic spray paint. I think it came out looking nice for 8 dollars
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I did not have the cloth panels due to having a LS. I just had the bare gray plastic pieces. For preping I used 300 to 600 grit sandpaper and used 2 cans of the krylon plastic spray paint. I think it came out looking nice for 8 dollars
Doing the same mod to my LS as we speak lol. Im using 220 grit though on mine. Did you lay down any primer?
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Doing the same mod to my LS as we speak lol. Im using 220 grit though on mine. Did you lay down any primer?
Nope no primer. Krylon says no primer required so i listened lol. Just be careful using 220 on the speedometer and shifter bezels making sure the sandpaper doesnt leave too deep of scratch on the surface. Or you will be sanding for hours like i had to lol.
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I did not have the cloth panels due to having a LS. I just had the bare gray plastic pieces. For preping I used 300 to 600 grit sandpaper and used 2 cans of the krylon plastic spray paint. I think it came out looking nice for 8 dollars
How smooth did the door panels come out? Can you post closer, detailed pics? I'll either be painting or wrapping my panels pretty soon!
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Old 01-31-2011, 07:41 PM   #12
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How smooth did the door panels come out? Can you post closer, detailed pics? I'll either be painting or wrapping my panels pretty soon!
My panels are not completely smooth. I did sand them down a bit but not smooth to the touch. My first choice for this project was painting and if i messed that up i was going to wrap them. Thank god it came out looking good lol.
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The LS model doesn't come with cloth door panels?
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The LS model doesn't come with cloth door panels?
Nope. They are the same textured plastic as the rest of the door, just painted in a dull gray.
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hmm, i dont know about leaving the cloth... I want to strip it lol...
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Nope no primer. Krylon says no primer required so i listened lol. Just be careful using 220 on the speedometer and shifter bezels making sure the sandpaper doesnt leave too deep of scratch on the surface. Or you will be sanding for hours like i had to lol.
You painted your bezels? What sandpaper did you use on that?
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:35 AM   #17
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How smooth did the door panels come out? Can you post closer, detailed pics? I'll either be painting or wrapping my panels pretty soon!
I'll get you some pics of mine when I'm done, should be done here in a few days. Working 12 hour days and painting sucks because I can only get one coat down a day.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:32 AM   #18
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im looking to trade for the black cloth ones!!! i have the LS ones!!! cmonnn!!
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hmm, i dont know about leaving the cloth... I want to strip it lol...
Yea I'm definitely taking the cloth off lol. Still haven't found that page that shows how to remove the dash panels...pretty sure they just snap on/off but I wanna be certain before I go and try to get em off.
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:07 PM   #20
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yea... i would imagine its the same plastic underneath as the plastic panels. Just not shiney, smooth, and cleared. But as long as the surface underneath is pretty much the same.. Im pretty sure a good sand, prime, paint, and clear coat can do a good job =D
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:52 PM   #21
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lmk got a set
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:32 PM   #22
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i would do it, but shipping is a bish... if you were local, yea, I'd trade lol.
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Old 02-03-2011, 06:40 PM   #23
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yeah i understand! just trying to help someone out while they help me out! haha
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:16 PM   #24
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So if you pull the fabric off you can sand the panels and paint them? I have the light grey interior and I would like to do the panels the same shade as the carpet.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:20 PM   #25
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Im pretty sure if u pull the cloth off, it will be the plastic panels. But it will never look as good as the stock Colored panels. The stock colored panels have this awesome thick clear panel ontop of the colors. Makes everything look super smooth.
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