The dashboard can cheer up even the blandest and most boring automotive interiors. With its attractive and well-laid gauges, appealing trims, and well-designed dash panels, there's no doubt about the dashboard being your car cabin's focal point. This is also the very first component that receives modification whenever the vehicle owner wants to create a design theme for the interior. This is why there are a lot of dash kits and custom dash panel choices in the market these days.
Should you wish for a luxury quotient or an old-school look for your interior, you just have to get dash accessories and add-ons that are perfect for the look you want to achieve. Even those dashboards that have stood the test of time can still be upgraded to look great. A dash panel with peeling and cracking paint can be repainted to be more pleasing to the eye. If your dashboard has unsightly peeling paint, here are the steps to help you fix it:
What you'll need:
- Dish soap
- Clean rags
- Painter's tape
- Coarse sponge
- Masking paper
- Sandpaper (220-grit)
- Flexible vinyl spray paint
Cleaning the dash panel
Step 1: Using your coarse sponge, clean the affected panel with dish soap.
Step 2: Rinse the panel using wet rags and wipe it dry with towels. Be gentle when cleaning the dash, especially when using the coarse sponge, as you may just end up making the peeling larger.
Sanding the dashboard
Step 3: Sand the surface of the affected dash panel using 220-grit sandpaper. This will help get rid of the peeling paint and prepare the area for better paint adhesion.
Step 4: Rub the rest of the dashboard using the same sandpaper to make the surface a bit rough and ready for painting. Continue sanding until you feel that the dashboard panel is now slightly rough.
Painting the dash panel
Step 5: With your masking paper and painter's tape, cover all the areas near the dashboard that you don't want painted. This will protect them from paint overspray.
Step 6: For best results, spray two light coats of flexible vinyl paint to the dash. It is wise to allow each coat to dry for at least two hours before applying the next coat. Once you're done with the application of the two coats, wait four hours before touching the dashboard. This will allow the paint to dry completely.
Tip # 1: Make sure to clean the dash panel thoroughly to get rid of dirt and grease as these elements can greatly affect paint adhesion.
Tip # 2: When spray painting, make it a point that the spray nozzle is 8 inches away from the panel being painted.
Tip # 3: You also need to work slowly and very carefully to avoid ending up with a bigger problem .permanent over spray stains on the gauges and other parts installed in the dash or on the dashboard's nearby components like the windshield.
Tip # 4: Avoid using other types of paint such as latex, ordinary acrylic, or oil-based paint on the dash panels. All your efforts will just go down the drain as these types of paint will just end up cracking and peeling when applied on the surface of the dashboard.