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I just bought a late 80's truck and was thinking about painting the dash any recommendations on prep work or paint?
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is it the real hard plastic style dash or kind of slightly soft vinyl?

if its had any armor all on it a few very generous rub downs with max and grease remover is in order.. then get a dark red scuff pad and go to town till there is now shine left any wear.. some like 800 grit or finer paper which works well if your trying to smoth it completely out if it has the dimples in it.. another rub down with W&G remover and spray it with some Adhesion Promoter on it and then a good primer, high build if your going for the glassed out smooth look. then sand it down seal it and paint it and clear it..

Or if its a newer style plastic replacement scuff it wipe it down with W&G remover spray with adhesion premoter if desired ..and paint it.. a lot less involved and last a while if you take care of..
bout 10 different ways just depends on the look you want and processes your familiar with..
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if your trying to smooth out the dash to rid it of the texture look it has then I would do something similar as Badfish suggest. biggest difference is i would not use the red scuff pad. if your smoothing it, that means you will be priming it, wich means you will be applying alot of material ( primer, sealer, base, clear... or maybe you choose not to go shiny) anyway, i would sand it with 220 grit , this will allow the primer to have much more bite for the added material than a scuff pad would allow. clean it , sand it, prime it , sand the primer and proceed with the painting process. I would also recommend using a flex agent for plastics. do you need it? well not really but its great insurance even if it is just a dash.

if your only trying to change the color or freshen it up then i would suggest going to a paint supply store asking them for a plastic scuffing paste. this will have a grit in it similar to hand cleaner ( some of us painters acutally use hand cleaner for this process ) and will help scuff up the surface . you would use this with water and a GREY scuff pad. and then you can just go right ahead and apply your vinal color after it is dry.

In either case you must use some type of Wax and grease remover as mentioned . But you should never use a solvent based Wax and Grease remover for any plastics, vinyl or rubber. Two big reasons. 1) your trying to remove oil, wax, silicone from the rubber or plastic. a solvent based cleaner is basically a petroleum product and the plastic can just absorb that back in. 2 static electricity caused by you rubbing that solvent based cleaner over the plastic with a cloth or papper towel can cause it to flash ignite. Ive seen it happen. you should use a water based cleaner but a good dish detergent with hot water and rinsed very well works great. just use it before you scuff or sand, and after you scuff or sand. you cant clean it too many times .

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