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Old 08-21-2007, 06:22 PM
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adding resin to dash

hi, i would like to make my dash look smooth and glass like.
the way i was thinking of doin this was to first scuff my dash then add resin, sand it and then paint it. is this a good way of doing it or should i just add a bunch of coats of primer then paint it, ive never worked with resin before so im not really sure if that way will work, but any imput at all would be greatly appreciated

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Welcome to the board. It all depends on what your dash is made of. We really need a little more information about what type of car you have before we can offer advice.

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A quick easy answer would be no. Resin without the fiberglass matting is extremely brittle. I assume you are looking to smooth and paint a vinyl/plastic late model dash. Brushing resin over it is not the way to go about it. It will crack very easily, probably before you can even get it back in your truck/car!
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the dash i want to do this on is off a 04 silverado, the dash is vinyl but its not really spongy, i really just want to get a really smooth glossy finish, would it be better to just spray a bunch of coats of primer and wet sand between coats, paint it, then hit it with a few coats of gloss. After thinking about it i think that would be they way to go, or do you think that taking the extra effort and doing fiberglass would be better? im really not sure
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this is from someone who had done it battling speaker holes that broke.

i bought s separate set of dash panels removed all the spongy vinyl, cleaned the under supporting plastic, and sanded for adhesion. i first used kitting hair to build it back up to the rough shape i needed sanded out any high spots and then layered the resin and mesh to the full final curve of the dash, once i was happy with the shape i sanded again, then skimmed with evercoat skim filler and brought that to smooth with 320grit, once that was done, primer and 600 wet sanded, then paint, then clear. when done it looked amazing.

if you go over the padding it will crack right off, and if you attempt to fill it with primer it will crack during prep.
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