Your car's dash or dashboard is the control panel of your vehicle that houses the components that you need in order to operate your car. You'll find here the steering wheel, which you use to shift directions and you'll also find here the instrument panel, which houses the fuel gauge, speedometer, tachometer, odometer, and other indicator lights that you use every time you're on the road. If you've had your car for a few years, the plain look of the dashboard can get pretty boring, especially if you're into customization. Good thing you can easily fix this problem by painting it with a new color. The task is relatively easy and you can definitely do it yourself. You just need the right tools and a lot of patience and you're good to go. Here's a brief guide on how you can go about painting the dashboard as well as some tips and tricks on how to take care of it.
Note: Getting the dash of your car colored by a professional can cost you a lot of money. For the job to get done, you need to be prepared to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars. Save some cash by doing the task yourself.
Step 1: To paint the dashboard, you need to get it out of the car first. Do this by referring to your vehicle's manual. Once you get it out of the vehicle, you need to lay it out on a newspaper to avoid making a mess on your garage.
Step 2: Before you get to paint the dashboard, you need to clean it thoroughly first. For this step, you need to use lacquer thinner to make it easier to remove any dirt or oil buildup. Do not stop until your dash is completely clean to avoid painting over the dirt. However, if it's not that dirty, you can use a rag with rubbing alcohol instead.
Step 3: After that, carefully remove the protective coating of the dashboard using a scouring pad to make sure that the paint you stick later on.
Step 4: Next, apply a layer of paint prep gel that will make painting the component easier, smoother, and faster.
Step 5: After applying the gel, you can also spray the dashboard with light coats of paint. If you're using aerosol paint, you can apply up to three coats.
Step 6: Leave the dash to dry overnight and then check it the next day for any flaws. If you find problems with the paint job, you can apply more paint to correct it.
Step 7: When the paint finally dries and you're contented with the result, apply clear coat paint onto the dashboard and wait for it to dry before reinstalling the component.
Step 8: If you want to take your customization to the next level, you can always buy a dash kit. You can also protect the dashboard from the heat of the sun while improving its look by getting a custom fit cover.