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Old 9-25-08, 17:11   #1 (permalink)
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Best way to paint/dye the dash, plastic, leather?

I need to recolor a lot of the inside of my MX-6, and I want to do it right. I don't mind spending more money or taking more time for something that's going to look professional.

The plastic bits will have to be painted, for sure.

What about the softer material that's on the top of the dashboard? A regular paint would just chip and crack on that.

Anyone have experience with leather/vinyl dyes?
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Go to a automotive paint supply store and buy SEM products. They are the best and have products made for plastics and leather.

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If you are going to do it right then drop the money on stock black plastic parts and seats, or have the seat redone.

Mine was tan. The paint never lasted. So I did it right.
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you can skim the dash and sand it smooth then paint it and it will be very sexy.

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Well yeah I guess it's only been 11 years since they stopped making the MX-6 I should be able to get the black parts.

Know of any good places to buy them that aren't going to bend my wallet over and cornhole it?
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Well yeah I guess it's only been 11 years since they stopped making the MX-6 I should be able to get the black parts.

Know of any good places to buy them that aren't going to bend my wallet over and cornhole it?
Oh they won't cornhole your wallet, they will cornhole your cornhole......

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I need to recolor a lot of the inside of my MX-6, and I want to do it right. I don't mind spending more money or taking more time for something that's going to look professional.

I stopped reading right there. As Stealth said, paint is the worst idea possible. Look for cars that are being parted out on here or on probe talk, check ebay occasionally and ask around. I got my car with a tan cloth interior and it took me 8 months to get all the pieces to change it over to black leather, but now nothing is cracking or fading and it looks stock, which is best case scenario. The dash will be the hardest part if there aren't any junkyards withing 20 minutes of you. Black leather seats are at a PREMIUM, so if you have some extra money spring for racing seats than are much better like some Corbeaus. Since they're cloth, you COULD run cloth with the rest of the interior which would be a lot easier to find than leather.

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I would say dont paint it and look for a car thats parted out. You even buy racing seats for the front and buy all the other parting out parts except the 2 front seats. If you REALLY want to paint i have no clue how but i think it wouldnt look as nice compared to if you just bought the parted out interior. Good luck
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I would say dont paint it and look for a car thats parted out. You even buy racing seats for the front and buy all the other parting out parts except the 2 front seats. If you REALLY want to paint i have no clue how but i think it wouldnt look as nice compared to if you just bought the parted out interior. Good luck
Thanks for the contribution, surprised nobody mentioned that exact same thing before.


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Thanks for the contribution, surprised nobody mentioned that exact same thing before.


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oh my bad i didnt mean to repeat what everybody else said. i just saw your post and gave my honest opinion. Good luck with your decision
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I have used SEM Products on viny, plasstic and leather. It works pretty good. Make sure you use the prep spray.
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I'd have to say i disagree with everyone here. I redid my entire dash and paneling with paint/dye...went from tan to black and blue..looks great too...check out the link to "belle" in my sig and go to the "interior" section to see the differance....there are vynil paints out there that can do a great job if your budget is limited...redoing the whole interior cost me about $50 including the Carbon Fiber vynil wrap to do my center console...

EDIT: Pay no attention to the rear seat belts, i had left over paint and didn't know where to spary it so

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I'd have to say i disagree with everyone here. I redid my entire dash and paneling with paint/dye...went from tan to black and blue..looks great too...check out the link to "belle" in my sig and go to the "interior" section to see the differance....there are vynil paints out there that can do a great job if your budget is limited...redoing the whole interior cost me about $50 including the Carbon Fiber vynil wrap to do my center console...

EDIT: Pay no attention to the rear seat belts, i had left over paint and didn't know where to spary it so
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Thanks. I got all my stuff from Canadian Tire...

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Not to thread jack, but i also have a tan interior that i would to change to black.
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What brand of paint did you use? it looks amazing
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