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Old 04-06-2007, 12:46 PM
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Respraying plastic trim pieces

I have an 01 maxima with gray interior. I want to find out if there is a product available that I can use to refinish the plastic pieces around the radio, ac control, shifter. Basically the center console. The painted coating is scratched and discolored in some places. I want the original matte finish and color. It appears to have a fleck to it and a solid color flat paint won't look right. Any ideas

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Yes there is, I'm sure there's other products out there but I bought some vynl/plastic in a rattle can from autozone, can't remember the name but I was impressed with how well it works..
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http://www.sem.ws/

Best stuff out there. IMO
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I've had great luck with Krylon Fusion.
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SEM is the way to go. It comes in spray cans, or can be custom blended to match your color exactly, even metallics. Krylon Fusion is O.K., but SEM is a lot more versatile. Use SEM cleaner (Scuff and Clean) to start with, followed by SEM vinyl/plastic prep. Then either use the Color Coat aerosols or have your color custom blended. They have standard colors for most car companies. www.vinylpro.com will match anything for you.
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I was checking out the SEM products suggested, the titanium metallic looks like a match. I was trying to find out what kind of finish it left when dry but could only find info on the 3 clears they sell to go with it. Does this stuff have to be cleared? I'm shooting for a matte like finish. I was a little apprehensive about spray can stuff, but this seems to be highly recommended. Just afraid of ruining parts or making the ones I've got look worse (wife's car, part time bloomington judge ). Thanks for the great help
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Haven't used the SEM brand, but you can go to your local auto paint store and they can match a single stage (no clear) paint for you. Some will mix up a pint if you talk to them real nice, but you will probably have to buy a quart. PPG has an excellent interior trim pieces paint.

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I was checking out the SEM products suggested, the titanium metallic looks like a match. I was trying to find out what kind of finish it left when dry but could only find info on the 3 clears they sell to go with it. Does this stuff have to be cleared? I'm shooting for a matte like finish. I was a little apprehensive about spray can stuff, but this seems to be highly recommended. Just afraid of ruining parts or making the ones I've got look worse (wife's car, part time bloomington judge ). Thanks for the great help
Most body shop supply/paint supply stores carry SEM coatings. Go by the chips in the book, not the cap. I've used the stuff on a steering wheel half wrap, metal parts, plastic parts, and fiberglass. I've not used their clears. I also sprayed some over top of "spray can bedliner" to get a nice texture. Example, made a fiberglass interior piece, primed it, sprayed it with with Dupli-Color spray can bed liner, then sprayed it with SEM. The part now has a leather or vinyl "look" to it.

Buy a can a play with it.
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I was checking out the SEM products suggested, the titanium metallic looks like a match. I was trying to find out what kind of finish it left when dry but could only find info on the 3 clears they sell to go with it. Does this stuff have to be cleared? I'm shooting for a matte like finish. I was a little apprehensive about spray can stuff, but this seems to be highly recommended. Just afraid of ruining parts or making the ones I've got look worse (wife's car, part time bloomington judge ). Thanks for the great help
The finish you get right out of the spray can is what I would call a matte finish. You can leave it alone or add a clear coat. The clears are to get more satin or gloss finishes. You will not ruin any parts. SEM is about as painless as it comes. If you don't like how it comes out, just re-do it. Practice on some scrap plastic pieces. Trust me, this is easy, and comes out professional looking.
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Haven't used the SEM brand, but you can go to your local auto paint store and they can match a single stage (no clear) paint for you. Some will mix up a pint if you talk to them real nice, but you will probably have to buy a quart. PPG has an excellent interior trim pieces paint.

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Just wanted to post an update to this ancient thread. I ended up using the SEM products to respray the interior pieces, however I opted not to use any kind of clearcoat because the finish was an exact match as well as the color. The SEM spray held up well for about a year and a half but began to spot / stain when it came in contact with any oily substance, i.e. french fries, cheeseburger grease, dash protectant. The parts are now at a point that they are going to need resprayed. I'm sure this could have been avoided had I used a protectant clearcoat when I originally painted the pieces. Just thought I'd add this for anyone looking to do the same thing.
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This could have been avoided if you'd used SEM's adhesion promoter along with the dye.
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I did use the SEM plastic prep spray prior to spraying the pieces. I'm not sure if this is what your referring to or not.
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No, the leather/plastic prep is what you clean them with along with SEM Soap, adhesion promoter pulls the color into the plastic. You spray the color over the wet adhesion promoter to do that.
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