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Username Post: Painting Dashbord        (Topic#354770)
Whitetail Hunter 
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01-08-19 07:47 PM - Post#2756923    

Has anyone painted a dashbord with a spray can? I am changing the lower dash to put in A/C. I have it out of the car so that isnt the problem. Just dont know if it will look good or should I have a paint shop do it.



 
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Oshawa65SS 
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01-08-19 08:18 PM - Post#2756927    
    In response to Whitetail Hunter

I painted a 66 mustang metal dash years ago with spray can paint from Mustang parts vendor that was the correct color formulation and it looked nice.
Proved over time to be not as scratch resistant as the factory application though.
I also painted my 69 mustang metal dash with Krylon semi-flat black which was really easy because of the camera case texture to the metal.
Still looks nice today.
Smooth surfaces are less forgiving of course.
Take the gloss off with a fine scotch brite pad, blow or vacuum brush the dust and wipe down with paint thinner and you're good to go with the rattle can.

Ryan

65 Impala SS convertible 283 2V with Powerglide and 10 bolt 3.08 open
Build date Dec. 21 '64 Oshawa


 
Whitetail Hunter 
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01-08-19 11:02 PM - Post#2756938    
    In response to Oshawa65SS

I imagine it wouldnt be as durable. Just wonder if you can tell where you start and stop. Like tiger stripes. Painted alot of small things. And a dash isnt that big just long.



 
BigDogSS 
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01-08-19 11:48 PM - Post#2756939    
    In response to Whitetail Hunter

I'd do one of two things here:
1) Buy a real paint gun and paint it with real automotive paint.
2) Just take to a pro and have it done right.

The dash is something you see everytime you drive your car. I'd want it to be the best it possibly can be.
This is my humble opinion. Good Luck!!

    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible 327 - Ermine White C1 - VCCA Senior Award
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe 396 - Marina Blue FF - personal "barn-find" lol



 
steve65 
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01-09-19 09:03 AM - Post#2756954    
    In response to Whitetail Hunter

Hi Whitetail, I painted my 65 dash with a rattle can and it looked pretty good. Couldn't tell start/stop lines, mind you I was painting it black so that may have helped hide any overlap.
Steve65

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Whitetail Hunter 
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01-09-19 05:04 PM - Post#2756978    
    In response to BigDogSS

I think you're right Bigdog. Dont know what it will run but hate to do it twice.



 
427SS65 
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01-10-19 06:27 PM - Post#2757066    
    In response to Whitetail Hunter

I painted me dash with a Paasche air brush with thinned Ditzler auto lacquer. Remember the dash top and surround is flat (0º gloss) and the dash inset is semi-gloss (60º). You need two paint mixes to be correct.

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junky 
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01-10-19 07:18 PM - Post#2757077    
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Today, I stopped at my local paint supplier to pick up another quart of lacquer paint, only to learn that PPG discontinued lacquer paints over a year ago. He did tell me that he has enough tint on hand to give me one quart of body paint, and a pint of my dash paint. I don't believe that there is any other major paint supplier that is still selling lacquer paint. A couple of years ago, they discontinued selling the single stage catalyzed enamels, which hurt me a lot. I need to do some touch up on one of my cars that was sprayed with that paint, and I don't have any back up left. I'm guessing that at sometime in the near future, we will not have any paints left except for the waterborne paints. I'm getting too old to start learning an all new system of painting.

Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level, then beat you with experience.


 
427SS65 
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01-12-19 09:22 PM - Post#2757238    
    In response to junky

You can still get lacquer at autocolorlibrary and other online outlets.

20 years ago my PPG store didn't have some tinting colors when I did the Corvette. He said, at that time, it was going to get worse!

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BigDogSS 
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01-14-19 09:32 AM - Post#2757325    
    In response to 427SS65

  • 427SS65 Said:
...Remember the dash top and surround is flat (0º gloss) and the dash inset is semi-gloss (60º). You need two paint mixes to be correct.


I had my dash-face (1967) painted FULL-GLOSS in the factory color and it looks bitchin'! To me, dashes painted in a semi-gloss look like they need to be buffed out. Mine is a 67 and I know we are talking about a 66, but full-gloss looks great on any car. Just my opinion.

    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible 327 - Ermine White C1 - VCCA Senior Award
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe 396 - Marina Blue FF - personal "barn-find" lol



Edited by BigDogSS on 01-14-19 04:34 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Gaspains 
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01-14-19 10:01 AM - Post#2757331    
    In response to 427SS65

Tom’s correct and to add, the glove box door has both mixes. The separation line is covered by the aluminum molding, semi-gloss above and flat below.

Kevin
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Whitetail Hunter 
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01-14-19 10:37 AM - Post#2757336    
    In response to Gaspains

There is no moulding on 66. Just the Impala SS badge. The pain under that was original and had some gloss. Lower will be covered by dash pads so I wont see much. I finally brought it to a paint shop.



 
427SS65 
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01-20-19 12:24 AM - Post#2757780    
    In response to Whitetail Hunter

No matter which scheme, either glossy or original sheen, make sure you convey to your painter what you want. You don’t want to have to pay to have it done “their way”!


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Whitetail Hunter 
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01-20-19 07:23 AM - Post#2757786    
    In response to 427SS65

I brought to a guy I worked with long ago. Told him what I wanted and am confiddent he understands. My only concern is how much this will cost me. But I want it done well. I dont have a paint gun or a compressor. Not to mention I never painted in my life.



 
BigDogSS 
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01-21-19 09:47 AM - Post#2757867    
    In response to Whitetail Hunter

Great advice by Tom! You are paying him, so don't be afraid push back if you are not happy.
I'm always concerned about price, but the sting of the price wears off quick if it is a great job!!


    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible 327 - Ermine White C1 - VCCA Senior Award
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe 396 - Marina Blue FF - personal "barn-find" lol



 
66SS632 
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01-27-19 06:48 PM - Post#2758322    
    In response to Whitetail Hunter

  • Whitetail Hunter Said:
Has anyone painted a dashbord with a spray can? I am changing the lower dash to put in A/C. I have it out of the car so that isnt the problem. Just dont know if it will look good or should I have a paint shop do it.



I am in the process (slowly-LOL!) of removing my interior to install power windows. I am considering also changing the lower dash to the A/C factory style.I figure even if I don't have a chance to install A/C this year I can still have the vents ready.

Can you please (or anyone can chime in) with advice ,pics or a description of the process. I have a lead on a dash but am waiting for further info and pics.
Thank you !!



Still a 17 year old delinquent Hot Rodder


 
Whitetail Hunter 
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01-27-19 08:32 PM - Post#2758335    
    In response to 66SS632

Removing the lower dash isnt bad. Just spot welds on each side. 3 places. Right on the bottom. Can either drill out the welds to the kick panel area or the dash from the tabs that are welded to kick panel. In the center of the dash. I drilled the welds for the center bracket away from the upper dash. So in the end I have the lower dash and center bracket attached. Only tricky spot is where the lower and upper meet on the sides. Being the donor piece was the entire fire wall. I used a sawzall and cut above the seam on the donor. And below the seam on the car. Then just remove a little piece of metal that is left. Took about 1 1/2 hr each. And I had no idea what I was doing.
My biggest sugestion. If at all possible. Get a donor car or the fire wall with everything possible. If you are doing factory air. Maybe you could adapt aftermarket to the vents on the dash. I never looked.



 
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