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How To Paint/Dye Interior Vinyl & Plastic Parts - Mustang Tech (Fox Body, SN95 & S197)
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Published on 2013-08-23
Mustang Interior Paint & Interior Spray Dye
Sprucing up your Mustang interior is not that difficult and you can transform "old" looking plastic interior pieces into fresh, bold new panels over the weekend! LatemodelRestoration.com can help with our full line of Mustang vinyl and lacquer interior spray dyes and spray paints! Choose your color, your prep/cleaner, and get started!
Follow on on the video as Jmac shows you plenty of tips and tricks to getting your Mustang panels, components and pieces painted. This is a great way to paint those junk yard parts to match your Mustangs Interior or just restore old faded parts in your current Mustang.
Hey, everybody. J-Mac here. We're working on our '92 project Coupe. And we found a few pieces in the interior that needed to be replaced while we were in there working, namely the console armrest pad and the console top panel. Now, these two pieces here are the most commonly painted pieces in an '87-'93 Fox Mustang. So we wanted to go ahead and show you how to paint both of them, because one's vinyl, one's plastic.
Now, this will cover our complete range of how to paint interior pieces. We'll start out with the console armrest pad. We'll start out by taking your armrest pad, a gray Scotch-Brite, and bucket of warm water with Dawn dish soap.
You just want to lightly scrub the surface with that water and Dawn dish soap just to kind of get rid of any of the mold release agent or any oils that may be on the surface. Give it a thorough once over top and bottom. That way you can get everything off. Then we'll use compressed air to blow this off.
Now, with everything completely dry, we're going to go ahead and use some of our SEM vinyl prep. Now, this stuff here, it will remove any remaining oils as well as open up the pores of the vinyl to accept the vinyl dye whenever we spray it on. Now, you want to shake it for about a minute to get it fully mixed up. I've already got this pre-shaken. So we're just going to lay on a thin coat, let it dwell for a couple of seconds, and then wipe it off with a microfiber towel or other lint-free towel.
And after just a short period of time, you can go ahead and wipe all this off. You don't want to let it sit for too terribly long, because it will call surface damage. You want to make sure and keep your hands clean during this whole process. That way you're not transplanting new oils back on. It may even be a better idea if you wear latex gloves or something non-powdered. That way there's no chance of contaminating the surface.
Once you've got it all dried down, you can go ahead and grab a can of our 5.0Resto interior vinyl dye. This comes in an SEM can loaded with PPG pigment, which is the same stuff that Ford used straight from the factory. That way it's going to be the most perfect match to your interior.
Again, you're going to want to shake this can up for about a minute. I've already got this can pre-shaken. And we're going to lay down several thin coats. That way we can get a perfect coverage on the underside and top-side of this pad.
We're going to start out on the bottom side. Let that tack. You're going to want to allow about three to five minutes in between coats for tack time. And then, after your last coat, third or fourth coat, you'll want to go ahead and let that tack for about 30 minutes, 45 minutes before you touch it or handle it in any way.
All right, we're on our last coat here. You want to make sure and get nice, even coverage, really light coats. This is coat number four for us. You want to shake your can in between coats before you get started. And you'll want to hold it about six to eight inches away from your surface.
Like I said, let everything dry about three to five minutes between coats. And then after your last coat, you're going to want to let it sit for about 25, 30 minutes. Go have yourself a cold beverage. Let it wait before you try to handle it.
Now that we're done with our console armrest pad, we can move on to our console top panel. Now, this thing here is plastic. It requires a little bit different prep method. Again, you're going to want to start out with your Dawn dish soap in the warm water with a gray Scotch-Brite pad and just slightly abrade the surface to remove any mold release agents or oils that are on it.
Like I said, we've already taped up the rubber gaskets on there. And you'll want to completely cover all the areas on here that are going to be taking paint. That way it sticks to everything.
You don't have to spend just a whole lot of time on it. Dawn does a really good job of breaking down grease and oil. And these gray Scotch-Brites are not very abrasive but just enough to give the surface a little bit of tack for the paint to stick to. Don't be afraid to go over it again if you feel like it's still got a little bit of sheen to it or you feel like maybe you just want it to be a little bit cleaner. It's not going to hurt anything to go over it two or three times.
Now, these console top panels are available in both power mirror versions and non-power mirror versions. This one here is a power mirror version, being our Coupe is equipped with power door mirrors. The non-power version just doesn't have that square cut-out there. All right, now we're going to use the compressed air again to drive this thing off.
All right, I missed a little bit. Now, with all the water out of the way, we're going to go ahead and take some denatured alcohol and lint free towel to go ahead and completely wipe down the surface to remove any remaining oils. Now, It doesn't take a whole lot of alcohol here, just enough to wet your towel a little bit. Go ahead and distribute that evenly. Let me just wipe around the entire panel.
And you're just going to let this air dry as you go. No need to dry it off. That alcohol evaporates pretty quickly. If you notice your towel getting soiled at all, go ahead and move to a clean section.
You're going to want to do all this in a well-ventilated area. That way, you don't get a little lightheaded, get a little high while you're spraying the paint. Even though, some people it may be your thing, but pretty much you want to keep your head about you while you're doing all this stuff.
Now with everything completely wiped down, we can go ahead. Everything appears to be dry. We can grab our 5.0Resto interior lacquer dye. This is what you would use for the hard plastics or metals within your car, anything that's not very easily flexible like vinyl or any type of plastic.
Go ahead and shake everything up real well, again, about a minute for the can. I already have this pre-shaken. So we can go ahead and lay down about three to four thin coats over the whole deal, again, three to five minutes to allow the coats to tack in between the next coat. And then once you lay down your final coat, 20 to 30 minutes before you handle it. And then you can go ahead and install everything into your car.
Carefully remove your tape. And you're done with your paint job. Now, we have completely transformed this console top panel and the armrest pad from the original gray color to the correct titanium gray for our '92 Coupe. For more interior restoration videos, check out latemodelrestoration.com.