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Old 12-01-2003, 10:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What kind of paint could I use to paint the interior such as the inserts on the door panel where the handle is. And also what do you think this would look like may be red on tan or possibly red on black?
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... I swear I already responded to this thread

Do you mean an interior such as this one:

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I'd like to know how you did that, Abom.
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I'd like to know how you did that, Abom.
That's the interior of my current car, 96 Cavalier Z24 (for sale btw, wanna buy?? )

The painting was actually performed by a shop that I frequent and personally know the owners / staff. I would have done it myself, but the lack of space required (don't have my own garage, I park in shared underground of my condo building) forced me to have the shop do it.

Anyways, it's pretty simple to do. First the parts were all removed. Then, they were cleaned with rubbing alcohol, soap, rubbing alcohol again, then left to soak in rubbing alcohol for a while. This is the MOST important part of the whole process, because if the parts aren't 100% clean, the paint will not stick.

After all the parts were cleaned, we chose the colors. Flat white and flat blue were chosen, to reduce the amount of glare when the sun is out and shining (all the ricers use high gloss paint, however, they are all blinded when driving during the day, which is unsafe as hell). For the plastic we used plastic paint, and for the vinyl, vinyl paint.

The paint was airbrushed on in many seperate light coats, using a small detailing airbrusher (can be purchased for about $60 USD). The parts were then left to dry, and then put back in the car. Had them painted for over 7 months now, no signs of chipping or anything.

It's not that hard to do if you have a place (such as your own garage in your house) to do it. And as long as you take your time and prep the parts properly, you'll get awesome results
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Awesome thats exactly what I want to do. Can I use the spray cans of paint or will it not work as well?
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Awesome thats exactly what I want to do. Can I use the spray cans of paint or will it not work as well?
You can use spray cans, yes. Results can vary, as some spray cans suck, and some are good. Also ya gotta be more careful, and be sure to pick the right paint, otherwise it'll be sticky when it dries, etc.

I suggest using a small airbrusher. You can get a Campbell Hausfeld for $40 USD, and you get to keep it afterwards too. Also, for touch ups (from when you drop something and chip the paint or whatnot, and yes, it WILL eventually happen, trust me), the small air brusher can make the chip look like it was never there in the first place.

Here's a link to a CH airbrusher:

http://www.bargainjims.com/Images/Products...?ItemCode=CHAB1

But yes, you can use spray cans as well. And again, be careful of gloss factor, don't be as dumb as the ricers out there are
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What parts are you planning to paint? You usually lower the resale dramatically when you do this to the interior. Just dont go overboard.

Also, if you DIY, spring the extra cash for the airbrush. One slip of the hand with the spray can you'll get a run or blotch that will be a pain to fix and might require you to sand all the work you did and start again.
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What parts are you planning to paint? You usually lower the resale dramatically when you do this to the interior. Just dont go overboard.
I'll agree with El Presidente on this one. Once you paint your interior (such as I did), selling the car is tougher. I don't think it necessarily decreases the value of the car (assuming the job is done right), but what is does do is limit your potential buying group. A 40 year old guy probably will be less likely to buy it if it's painted. A 19 year old most likely would more inclined to buy it, but there are less 19 year olds around buying a car for that much money.

So yeah, I do suggest thinking about it. For me personally, I won't be painting the interior of my BMW when I buy it. This Cavy of mine, I don't regret painting it, and I'd do it again, but the BMW, I dunno, I personally wouldn't.

But either way, it's your decision
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be carefull, some interior parts dont hold the paint very well, you guys should already know which ones, however some accents will be no problem, i want to paint some parts in my interior an brushed aluminum look, but i might get it done pro
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Furious...I was thinking about the same thing. I found some aluminum dash kits, too. How good does it look if you paint instead? Also, anyone that has done the aluminum dash trim....how does it look? Is it factory-ish or does it look stuck-on?
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those kits usually look cheap and ya,, stuck on.
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Could someone please post a photo of an aluminum paint or kit upgrade? I just want to see if I like the look. I've been toying with the idea for a while now and just woud like to see it. I looked high and low on the net and could not find any pics.
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make sure to test the paint and that the texture flows wiht the car.... FLAT vs Glossy
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I was thinking some red and black but not so exstensive as the cav. I'm not to worried about the resale, I'm planning on driving thgis car till it won't go anymore, which (hopefully) will be a very very long time.
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Also could you guide me where to get the paint for the airbrush tool. Thanks, lucky for me christmas is coming.
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