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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-16-2009, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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Painting trim pannels

I need to replace my drivers door pannel, Haveing some trouble finding one in my color (Lt. gray) but I have found some in tan, and blue that are in good condition (found them at junk yards) is it worth it to try and paint them? I painted my A-piller gauge pod with paint from a auto body paint supplier and it came out ok, just did not know how a door pannel would hold up to use, (opening door, windows etc) any one do this and how has it held up? any other suggestions? thanks

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-16-2009, 02:44 AM
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Re: Painting trim pannels

try craigslist for guys parting rigs out.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-16-2009, 04:51 AM
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Re: Painting trim pannels

Roy, I've seen folks here talk about painting their dash panels. At any rate, any paint job as you know is all in the prep.

If it we're me I'd follow a path of:

Clean well

Lightly scuff the panels with a 150-220 grit paper by hand (easy though or you'll have slick panels). A good bonding primer for plastics should suffice without sanding, providing you get them squeaky clean and dry.

Follow that with a couple of light fog coats of a good primer for plastics and then on to your top coats with long even quick strokes all the way through... end to end. Use a cross hatch pattern on successive coats.

IIRC, the folks I saw talking about it here used Krylon spray paints. IDK if that's what I'd use. Also IIRC, you can get some over priced paint made for just this purpose from the dealer.

Good luck - if you go this way, please post pics of the before and after.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-16-2009, 05:02 AM
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Re: Painting trim pannels

I posted a thread a few months back on how to make a single cab door panel work in a crew cab truck. Mine is still working out just fine, but I can't remember where I posted it at. check it out, it might help ya, or pm me and I can try and find it for ya, save yourself the headache and do a single or extended cab door panel.


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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-21-2009, 07:36 PM
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Check out the video on panel painting here. The only negative is that you have to buy more dye than you will need
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-21-2009, 07:49 PM
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Re: Painting trim pannels Try this site, they have all the colors hopefully you can find something on here.

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