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Painting the Inside of my Car

Ok I have a 1994 Honda Accord that I bought from this kid for $500 with a blown motor. I fixed it all up and put a new motor inside of it and now I want to sell it but the guy befor me decided to paint the trim and dash blue. What is the best way to prep these types of surfaces and the best type of paint to uses on these surfaces to repaint it all? THANKS
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are you looking to return it back to stock.

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Maybe, eigther that or just paint it all a flat black color. I just want it to look nice. Right now its just...i dont even know how to describe it....just RICER looking, its a yellow car, which dosent look bad with the black tint, but then the insides bright blue and black. So what could I do.
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Sand it all down with a low grit sand paper (like 200), then smooth it out a little by sanding it with a little higher grit (600). Then use spray paint that is meant for plastic. Just go to ACE hardware and ask them. You don't need to use a clearcoat, because the stuff they sell at ACE is glossy and smooth enough. I'd buy 2 cans if I were you, and use both of them completely, so that the paint is REALLY thick. Then wetsand with 1000, 1500, and 2000 grit sand paper. This will take out any drips or orange peel, and make it really smooth and purty. The reason you need it to make the paint so thick though is to control for human error. There is a tendency when painting surfaces that are not flat and have a bunch of curves and bends like dash boards do, to accidently paint certain spots too thin. So don't be afraid to use a lot of paint. Tape off any areas you don't want painted as well as any clips or electrical sockets, because these areas will definately be covered in overspray. Do a little research on wetsanding if you have to, but it's really easy (even though the idea of sanding your freshly painted parts can be a little scary, I promise it's not). After you wetsand it, it'll be a little dull looking, but perfectly smooth. Now you just polish it up with regular old polishing compound from Autozone. Don't get rubbing compound or wax though... use polishing compound. Wax just adds a layer of wax, and polishing compound is better than rubbing compound because while they both have small particles in them that will smooth out the paint, the polishing compound breaks down as you rub, and makes the paint even more shiney and polished and smooth. Good luck. Hope that helps.
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yeah, what he said... I couldnt have said it better.

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wow, this is really just what i was looking for since i want to repaint my interior black
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i really really really suggest not finish sanding interior with finishing grit sand paper and polish.. it'll reflect so bad! use a dull satin finish or something.. glare is horrible.
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Alright. Well i am going to get the entire dash re done by a buddy of mine. I think hes going to lay vynal over it and then paint all the other trim. Also I am going to get the floor dyed black also and the head lyner done black. I ended up knowing someone who does this for a living so thanks anyways
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Will somebody PLEASE sticky a write up on "how do I paint my interior"... Im getting sick of this same post over and over...
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i really really really suggest not finish sanding interior with finishing grit sand paper and polish.. it'll reflect so bad! use a dull satin finish or something.. glare is horrible.
I've done it twice... I have heard people say this before, but I've never experienced this problem. I used red paint. Perhaps the color matters? I think I recall people saying that white reflects really bad onto the windshield? I don't know... if you don't wanna wet sand, then don't, but I think that glare is really a non issue. I could understand the fear a little more if you were going to somehow make the vinyl part of the dash board reflective, because that would definately make the windshield harder to see through, but the plastic that goes around the steering column and over the climate control and what not, shouldn't really be that much of an issue.
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Will somebody PLEASE sticky a write up on "how do I paint my interior"... Im getting sick of this same post over and over...

Write it up and sticky it. I have limited knowlege on repainting mr2 interiors. I am and exterior paint guy.
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better yet i am going to sticky this post. If anyone wants to add anything to the post about the subject be my guest.

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Damn... I just re-did mine last week... wish I had taken pics of the process.... oh well... maybe next time. Let me know if you have questions or concerns about the process though, I'll try to be as descriptive as possible.
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One thing I should add, is that if you use plastic spray paint (which is what you should use, because it chemically bonds better to plastic than regular spray paint), don't use a clear coat. After laying down two cans worth of beautiful red, I decided to use a can of clear coat a few days later before I wetsanded. What happened? Basically the beautiful and perfect red paint came to life and lifted off of the dash pieces and began to crinkle up everywhere. Although it was pretty cool to watch, it was definately not cool. I had to sand freaking two cans worth of spray paint off of the damn dash and start all over again. So don't make this mistake. Plus it's kindof unnecessary. By the time you polish out the colored paint, it is really glossy by itself, and doesn't need a clear coat. The only reason it would be nice to have a clear coat would be to protect the paint from little dings and what not. But as far as I know, there isn't really a clear coat that works won't do this to the specialized plastic paint.
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you used an incompatible clear. I bet the red was acrylic and the clear was laquer or vice versa.

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The clear coat was enamel, red was whatever they use for "plastic" paint... apparently they weren't compatable though. According to the paint guy at ACE hardware, there isn't a clear coat that is compatable with Krylon's plastic paint.
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i am assuming your talking about Fusion. It is not a good idea to top coat that.

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how well would the paint hold up if you were take it to a fairly desent paintshop and have them paint it the same way as they would with a car?
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It just seems really unnecessary to have a place paint it, when it's so easy to do yourself. I'm guessing they'd charge a lot, probably not warrantee it, and you'd get pretty much the same thing.
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