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LS1 -Volvo 08-05-2006 06:21 AM

sun-dried plastic
I'm finishing up a 79 El Camino for my son, and I'd like to make the interior a bit nicer without investing a great deal in it, for the time being. The plastic trim has been damaged by the sun - you can gouge it with a fingernail.

Rather than replace the trim at this time, I was curious if there's a way to coat and harden the pieces - fiberglass resin, perhaps. Then sand them smooth and paint them nicely. I'm not looking for a long term solution - just something to make it look nicer until he's out of high school.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.


OneMoreTime 08-05-2006 06:36 AM

Take a look at what some of the guys have done with using fleece and resin to glass a test area some where hidden to see that the resin does not eat the vinyl..


tbirdscott 08-05-2006 01:44 PM

You can sand down to 'solid' plastic then hit it with some SEM vinyl paint and it will look fine, not perfect but not like *** either.

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LS1 -Volvo 08-06-2006 03:41 AM

I'll check out the technique using fleece as a cover; unfortunately, if I try to sand it down to 'good' plastic, there may be nothing left *LOL*.

Thanks for the info.

roddinron 08-06-2006 06:07 PM

I've never tried this it's just a thought I had, but couldn't you spray it with a few coats of something like spray on bedliner, then if the interior's not black, paint it with vinyl dye or even krylon fusion. seems like it would work. I used it to fix some badly worn Jeep fender flairs, spray a few thick coats over the bad spots to fill them in first, then coat the whole thing. It gives a nice texture and hides a lot of the bad stuff.

strummin67 08-09-2006 04:46 PM

I would try to find better pieces in the wrecking yards. Of course, as mentioned, you could try sanding and "refinishing" with a textured coating. But that may complicate things if the texture reacts with the paint you're using to match the interior. Good luck.


peveto 08-09-2006 08:11 PM

i would smooth the panels and apply 3m rock guard then paint with interior paint.3m makes a rock guard or rocker panel texture spray in a can. apply as much as you want for the texture you want. it's a paintable product.

yekoms 08-12-2006 08:00 AM

Hey Jerry,
Try maliburacing .com it's a real good forum like this one. The forum is about all aspects of G-Body cars not just racing as the name says. Have fun,Smokey

SinistrV6 08-12-2006 10:16 AM

You might try Gatorback . GM is actually using this to repair the cladding on Avalanches that have faded or streaked. If the color's not right you could paint it afterward.

LS1 -Volvo 08-12-2006 12:42 PM

I appreciate all the replies - there have been some great ideas. I'm going to the shop tomorrow, and I'll try a couple of the methods, and see which works the best.

grouch 08-27-2006 09:47 AM


Originally Posted by OneMoreTime
Take a look at what some of the guys have done with using fleece and resin to glass a test area some where hidden to see that the resin does not eat the vinyl..


If you use epoxy with the fleece or muslin or tee shirt, it shouldn't react at all with the vinyl. Polyester and vinyl ester resins might eat it, like you warn, or even the MEK catalyst. I haven't found anything yet that epoxy resin damages.

colormecrazy 08-28-2006 08:06 PM

LS1 Volvo??
Sorry to change the subject, but that has got to be the best way to make a Volvo worth a ****!
Great idea! :thumbup:
Now, back to the subject, I'd like you to let us know how it works out. maybe some pics or something.


gothrod87 09-16-2006 08:59 PM

a sugestion from a mini trucker
Another aproach if your wanting to go alil custom with it is to sand the messed up panels down smooth and use bondo in a couple of diffrent layors making sure to sand them smooth and build it up smoothed out and paint it to match your interior..seems alot easier then trying to recreate the texture and will hold up if you clear it pretty good..thats what i did in my old dodge and it is still as fresh as the day I redid long as you try and keep the layers thin it wont be to heavy and it will last you the duration of the car as long as you take your time and pay attention to getting it built without high and low spots in the bondo.hope it helps,

Cruzin90 10-30-2006 02:34 PM

I'm a LINE-X dealer. Sure, LINE-X would work fine. And, at least at my shop, we can use Dupont Nason for no fading and we can color match anything.

Hippie 10-31-2006 05:01 AM

Went through the same thing with a '76 Monte with a white interior, the A post covers literally disintegrated and if I found a set they wanted $$$ for them. I believe they do repop those for the '78 and up but not for my '76. Find an old wrecking yard with lots of trees and look for a G-body of the same vintage with a black interior preferably in the shade. The trim in it will probably be faded at worst, just do the fingernail test to make sure it hasn't started to break down. It seems the black holds up to UV rays a lot better than white or other colors. Then just paint with vinyl paint the color you want. I grabbed 2 pair and an arm load of other interior trim at a local yard for $6, I handed the guy a 10 and told him to keep the change.

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