Originally Posted by liftedtrucks
So im looking to freshen up my interior of my 03 f350 7.3 lariat. It has the tan interior right now but im eventually going to try and move to black with custom seat covers. My plan is to put 08 captain chairs up front and rear, 08 door panels, custom headliner, and carpet. I don't really want to get into converting my dash with a newer one. Does anyone know of any ways i can get my dash painted??
I have the perfect way to paint your dash though. This is for the smooth shiny look. Its how mine looks and it amazing.
First thing to do is pull the parts to be painted out of the car. Then the VERY first step is to wash them very thoroughly with dawn dish washing soap(or some type of grease fighting soap). Do this 3 times. You want to do this because there are so many greases and other contaminants in the plastic.
The next step is to start sanding. I first start off with 80grit. I sand it until the plastic is completly free of factory texture (there will be little hairs sticking up from the plastic, this is ok). Then I go over it with 180 grit until it starts to smooth out. Now I go over it with 220grit. Optional: Then you can go over it with a 320 wet if you would like, it all depends if you want to or not At this point it should be pretty smooth with little to no plastic hairs still attached.
First thing is to wash it with dawn 2 more times. Then I get wax and grease remover and clean the parts again with this. Then I get Bullydog adhesion/flex promoter. (VERY IMPORTANT) This is essential to make the paint stick to and also flex with the plastic. If you dont use this the paint will start flaking off over time. I do 2-3 coats of this. Then immediately after this I do 3 coats of high build primer. Then I sand it smooth with 500 grit WET until its completely smooth, if its not do another few coats of primer then sand with 500 or 600 grit WET. Keep doing this until its smooth like glass!
You are now ready for paint. Spray it just like directed by the manufacturer and do the same for the clear.
After the clear has dried for a few day you can sand the "orange peel" out. I do this by sanding with 2000 grit WET. Use a sanding block becuase if you just use your hands you will get the impressions of your fingers in the clear. You want to be very careful of sanding the clear. Just make sure you keep the area being sanded very wet. Only work an area about 1.5x1.5 feet at a time, at most. What you are looking for is to see the clear go dull, you will see some areas that are still shiny and spots right next to it that are dull. You want everything to become dull. So keep sanding until everything is dull. After this you already to wipe it all off and start buffing the parts!
Remember painting is 90% prep and 10% skill/experience. So make sure not to rush the sanding and primer work. It will pay off in the end if done right.
Follow these instructions step by step and it will come out amazing!