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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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