How to Paint Your Dash
- Primer - any generic spray kind will do, but you can use plastic primer if you want.
- Spray paint - color of your choice. I used red ceramic engine enamel for its durability and resistance to heat. If you are going to paint some of the softer, spongy parts, JC Whitney sells special paint for this.
- Clear coat spray paint
- Paper and masking tape
How To Do It
Remove all of the parts you want to paint. Every piece that I painted just snaps on and off, so there are no screws to mess with or anything (unless you do the guage trim, then there are two torx screws to remove to remove the pod). Just be careful not to break anything;)
Be careful when removing the ash tray lid. There is a little spring attached to it, and I lost mine when I removed it:(
Be creative. You don't have to paint all the same pieces that I did, or paint them the same way. Use you imagination and paint as many parts as you want, however you want.
Clean the piece you are going to paint with some rubbing alcohol or something to get all the oils and stuff removed so the paint will stick better.
Using masking tape, mask off areas on each piece that you don't want to receive paint, such as the backs of the parts, and different parts on the air vents.
Spray on a couple light coats of the primer. Be sure to get everything coated good, or the paint wont stick right and will probably chip off easily. Allow to dry.
Now spray on the color of your choice. Make sure you use several light coats, not one heavy coat to, avoid runs. Follow the instructions on the paint can to achieve the best results. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Apply a few coats of clear coat spray paint, to add a high shine and to add extra durability.
Once everything is good and dry, remove all the masking tape. You can carefully scrape off any paint that got where you didn't want it with a sharp x-acto knife.