Dash pad, what paint/dye to use?

Interior

  1. Evan Frucht

    Evan Frucht Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    676
    Likes Received:
    247
    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2018
    Location:
    Los angeles
    Local Time:
    11:22 PM
    I just purchased an original used dash pad for my 1964 fury wagon. It has a couple small cracks on each corner that I plan to fix with a combination of some sort of flexible vinyl repair compound followed by a skim coat of filler putty to finish it off. The majority of the dash pad is in great shape actually and hasn't been repaired before. I also have a steering wheel that is cracked I want to restore and apply the same color too.

    The pad is a light brown tan color but I want to change the color to turqouise as that is the color of my car.

    The original color of my car is a medium metallic turquoise and it retains the original paint on dash and inside metal trim pieces (which is in nice shape the PO had stored away indoors for years) I plan to leave the interior paint the way it is. I like the "patina" and this is just a driver for me to have fun with not a serious show car.

    The outside has been painted over a couple times and there is lots of bad body work and dings that need to be fixed... So I plan to re-spray the exterior of the car, door jams, doors, etc... in a couple months.

    One creative choice I'm thinking about making is to shoot the exterior of the car in a single stage urethane that is NOT METALLIC but instead is a solid turquoise color. I already have two gallons of the paint I would use. I simply prefer solid colors over metallics as a personal preference. The car is sort of a survivor and I'm not doing any major modifications to it but it's not exactly 100% original either and I'm not trying to make it that exactly. I know contrasting a metallic interior with solid exterior it's not something you commonly see but I think it will "work" as a color scheme. Anyways....

    I have two options I'm trying to decide between. Kind of leaning toward the first one.

    Painting the dash pad and steering wheel to match exterior color and using the same catalized single stage urethane I plan to paint the car with.

    Has anyone used catalized auto paint on vinyl on plastic interior parts. I'm thinking single stage urethane should have a little flex to it. If I go that route I'd still use the sem vinyl prep and an adhesion promoter.

    Or use that flexible paint they sell such as SEM vinyl paint. They have only 1 turquoise color in the marine vinyl paint line. The color coat line doesnt have a turqouise and neither does Herbs. The other problem I see with these is the durability given the fact its solvent based and not catalized? I'm not that convinced of its durability yet even with everyone swearing by it. I've been conditioned to believe catalized coatings are always a significantly better choice. And I've never had good results using rattle can anything that actually gets used. It looks fine right after the repair but always stays soft and therefore gets messed up quickly.

    Sorry for the long winded post. Thansk for reading. Any input appreciated
     
  2. Beekeeper

    Beekeeper FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

    Messages:
    2,018
    Likes Received:
    1255
    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2012
    Location:
    Rogersville,TN.
    Local Time:
    1:22 AM
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2020
  3. 66383

    66383 FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,584
    Likes Received:
    1191
    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2018
    Location:
    calvert city, ky
    Local Time:
    1:22 AM
    Herb's Interior Paint.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
    • Ron H

      Ron H FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

      Messages:
      2,152
      Likes Received:
      1872
      Joined:
      Feb 29, 2016
      Location:
      WI
      Local Time:
      1:22 AM
      Agree with 66383 Herb's. I toyed with a few interior paints that were crappy most to do with off color. Someone on our forum suggested Herb's found Herb's to be the way to go. I had painted my visors with another brand that was off color then used Herb's on the modified leather console I installed and match came out nice. Attached before & after off the console using Herb's as FYI...only thing is the seats have seen years of daylight; but real happy with the match.

      Console 1 pic Plymouth.jpg Ply Console L.jpg
       
      • Like Like x 3
      • 4mulas

        4mulas Well-Known Member

        Messages:
        535
        Likes Received:
        419
        Joined:
        Mar 16, 2017
        Location:
        Just North of Montana
        Local Time:
        12:22 AM
        I’ve also used SEM
         
      • moparsaver

        moparsaver FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

        Messages:
        1,167
        Likes Received:
        2382
        Joined:
        Mar 8, 2018
        Location:
        Framingham Massachusetts
        Local Time:
        2:22 AM
      • Ron H

        Ron H FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

        Messages:
        2,152
        Likes Received:
        1872
        Joined:
        Feb 29, 2016
        Location:
        WI
        Local Time:
        1:22 AM
        Re-reading you post sounds like you know your paints and didn't catch that you've done some checking on paints suggested. I'm no expert; but from what I've read about interior upholstery paints is concern for the deterioration of vinyl (also with plastics as I've painted as well) that the paints may contain and long-term flexibility no cracking on soft surfaces...no new-news here but last thing I wanted encounter was irreversible damage. Concern I see with interior paints is not exposing them to harsh substances or cleaners such as alcohol/solvents as this will remove the paint. I painted some mule pieces checking this out. So seems that ya might to try some experimenting with what you want to do who knows you might find a whole new evolution in painting interiors!
         
        • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
        • matthon

          matthon Well-Known Member

          Messages:
          548
          Likes Received:
          338
          Joined:
          Mar 3, 2018
          Location:
          New York
          Local Time:
          2:22 AM
          I wrapped a dash pad in vinyle, turned out nice. Used spray tac and superglue.
          I had armrests done with spray dye and they smelled.
           
        • QuickBpBp

          QuickBpBp Well-Known Member

          Messages:
          2,900
          Likes Received:
          2944
          Joined:
          Oct 14, 2010
          Location:
          SE PA
          Local Time:
          2:22 AM
          I used Herb's Vinyl paint on some interior white handles on our Boat. They turned black and grimy looking so I painted them with his white after cleaning them. 9 months later they still look like new...
           
        • Evan Frucht

          Evan Frucht Well-Known Member

          Messages:
          676
          Likes Received:
          247
          Joined:
          Sep 3, 2018
          Location:
          Los angeles
          Local Time:
          11:22 PM
          I heard good things about Herbs so I checked the colors out and they just dont have any turquoise. Sem has 1 turquoise in there marine vinyl paint line but it's not correct. Now I'm thinking I will probabaly do the dash pad in a metallic turqoise to match interior and then use a solid turqouise paint (probabaly regular catalized single stage urethane) for the steering wheel since it was never really metallic to begin with.

          There seem to be some other companies who have their own line of vinyl paints with metallic turqoise options available.

          For instance, I was looking at this https://www.npdlink.com/product/interior-vinyl-dye-medium-turquoise-metallic-gulf-turquoise/122740 but I have no way of knowing if it will be a good color match. It doesnt need to be perfect considering the interior metal panels and dash the original paint is a little faded at the top and slightly scratched up and discolored in places
           
        • hyde-park

          hyde-park Well-Known Member

          Messages:
          127
          Likes Received:
          60
          Joined:
          Jul 28, 2009
          Location:
          Midwest
          Local Time:
          1:22 AM
          What is the console originally out of? It looks very nice. Got any close up pics of it?
           
        • Ron H

          Ron H FBBO Gold Member FBBO Gold Member

          Messages:
          2,152
          Likes Received:
          1872
          Joined:
          Feb 29, 2016
          Location:
          WI
          Local Time:
          1:22 AM
          It's from a '78 Lincoln leather having an idiot light bar I reconverted to display blinkers, brake and headlights. Used the stowage cove it had for extra gauges and added cup holders a buddy machined from a scrap alum block. Got the console at a swap meet some 15 years ago for 10 bucks. Still a few things left to finish. It's the correct red from Herb's; but the seats and dash have have many years in the sun as a drop top so they're faded not producing a perfect match. Attached a couple pics showing it during install as it was a maroon color initially. The card board piece you see was the template to make the side aprons from panel stock, foam, and vinyl covering.

          Console 2 pic.jpg Ply Console Bld wiring.jpg Ply Console r.jpg Ply Console Bld Level.jpg
           
          • Thanks! Thanks! x 1
          1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
            By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.