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Default Sanding and Painting Dash Kit?

What is the best way to sand and paint the dash kit? The trim around my deck, console, and climate controls are charcoal. The dash kit is black. I want to sand and paint the kit to match.

I've read that using 1200 grit to sand with, wash with soap and water, let dry, prime (very light coats) and let stand and dry for a couple days, then spray it with a hi quality paint (again, light coats) and let stand and dry for a couple days. Would this be a good method?

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Default Re: Sanding and Painting Dash Kit?

The first thing you want to do is wash it. That way you aren't sanding the oils deeper into the plastic.

I would wash, sand with 320 clean and sand again with 600. Clean it again. Spray some plastic adhesion promoter on it per the directions- I like SEM or Bulldog. Then do your paint or dye.

You spray paint or dye right on the plastic, you will be able to take your finger nail and scratch it all off.

And honestly you don't really need to do anything over 320 grit while sanding. 600 would give you a bit more insurance against sanding scratches. I did my dash kit in only 320 and dyed it black.
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Default Re: Sanding and Painting Dash Kit?

You don't really need to prime...if you did, you would want to resand it with 600 grit before you painted it.

And rather than paint, use something like SEM spray dye.
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Default Re: Sanding and Painting Dash Kit?

I wet sanded mine with 600 grit , being careful not to go through the original paint and sprayed it with automotive color-match lacquer.
I did use a slightly caustic cleaner(formula 409 works) to remove any traces of armor-all.
I use Dawn and water for my wet sanding process. The soapy water prevents my paper from clogging and cleans away the surface as i sand.

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Default Re: Sanding and Painting Dash Kit?

You guys are awesome, thanks. The kit is new, so I'll clean it real well, then use the sanding methods youve recommended.
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You don't really need to wet sand considering how small the dash kit is.

But if you do wet sand, put your sand paper in the water a bit before you use it...it will soften it and make it easier to use. A drop or two of dish soap in the water will help keeping it all clean and oil free too.
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