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cglovesaly 
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on alot of the customized cars and trucks out there i see the dash, and center console and door handles etc have been changed to a different color either to match the outside of the car of truck or ne color. im looking to do that with my 99 z24 cavalier. I was woundering wat i wud need and how i can change parts of my dash and center console to match the outside of my car. any ideas? thank you
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It varies a lot but there are several techniques. My personal favorites are to use either water-born paint, or to use a flexible paint such as "fusion" or vinyl paint.

You can also use films over your existing parts but getting an exact match to your exterior is hard-to-find most of the time.

Another way is to get a custom color match with epoxy paints designed for use on plastics and rubber. I'm not too familiar with these but if you get someone who knows their paint, they can mix something that can work.

Then there are the reproduction sets. If you have access to a plastics or die company, you can have your parts remade with color matched plastics and resins. However this gets pricey very quickly.

There are other options but none come to my mind at this moment.

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cglovesaly 
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hey thanks, im looking for the glossy shine to the color, so wud i use a gloss paint to it, wat is vinyl paint, does that have a gloss to it, ill probably use paint to change my color, wud u recomend water born paint, or fusion, or vinyl paint. i want a shine to the paint. thank you
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     You can get  vehicle interior panel spray paint at most home improvement or hardware stores. Just pick the color you want, then you'll need to get a can or two of the clearcoat spray - this is what gives the pieces the glossy look. Just take each piece out of the car, sand it down a little with some 80 grit sandpaper and hit it up with a few layers of the color, then a few layers of the clearcoat. Good to go!
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klctexas wrote:
      sand it down a little with some 80 grit sandpaper!

80 grit?   i would probly start with 100  and then tapper off to 400   even more so if your wanting a glossy finish, since a glossy.

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you definately want to start with at least 100 grit, then taper to probably 600 grit if you want a glossy look as the smoother the plastic, the glossier it will appear. if you only do 80 grit it will be a chewed up scratchy mess man.  then use a plastic paint adhesion promoter and spray that on then a body filler/primer spray, then sand to 800 grit, then paint a few light coats so it doesnt look runny or blotchy, then few thin coats of clear. let it dry a coupl days then put back in ur car. thats will give you the best results for a diy project.  but make sure for whatever paint products you chose to READ the back of the can, everything out there is different. hope this helps.

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Oh and a little bit of advice on the conditions. Make sure its NOT COLD and NOT WINDY.....lol take it from experience. Read back of can it explains is perfectly.
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I redid the majority of my interior with a combination of Duplicolor Adhesion Promoter, colour matched paint and clear coat.

Clean your parts with alcohol, make sure they are completely dry, spray with 2 coats of adhesion promoter, then 3-4 coats of colour, and 3-4 coats of clear. No sanding needed.

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i would sand if you want it smooth.  otherwise you will have a factory grain.
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