: Dash kit - vinyl or painted?
04-24-2008, 06:52 PM
Im looking to make a few changes to the interior of my ride. The first thing Id like to do is add some color to the interior. I was wondering what the advantages/disadvantages of vinyl dash kits (such as this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=33705&viewitem=&item=330229645986&_trksid=p3907.m29) vs. painting it would be. Ive noticed that some of you have done this to your own car and I was wondering which way is cheapest, easiest, and looks the best?
04-24-2008, 07:13 PM
Don't waste your money. You can paint and get something that will look wayyy nicer. Can of primer, super fine sandpaper, spray paint of your choice, and clear coat. A lot more fun too. You get to learn how to take your interior out, lol.
04-25-2008, 09:55 AM
Yea, use the paint. I founf Krylon works best
04-27-2008, 09:51 PM
Yeah I had a question regarding that. I did that to my truck (painted) and it held up but It was an old project truck. I want to do a glossy black for the Focus I drive but I need a HOW TO LIST. Let me know. Thanks.
04-27-2008, 10:20 PM
I vote for painting it yourself. Plus like the first guy said you get to learn how your car comes apart and it is really easy to do if you just take your time. I did it on the interior of my Focus and it came out good, except when I started rushing on the inserts in the door and it began to drip since I sprayed to much paint. But live and learn and i will do it the right way later. Here or some links on here. Good Luck.
04-29-2008, 11:04 PM
I was thinking of doing the speaker covers on the sides of the doors. Is that a good or bad idea?
04-29-2008, 11:23 PM
I vote for Patterntek - they did pro work for me and quite a few others here.
04-29-2008, 11:38 PM
from experience, painting is best, vinyl gives it a cheap look, u should just paint it.
05-02-2008, 04:56 PM
ive painted alot on my car since i got it and its cheaper than any other method.
i dunno if you can pull off doing the speaker covers because there are a lot of holes and sanding down the primer and getting decent coverage could be difficult.
But in my experience if you take it slow, and you are patient you can paint anything. Just make sure to prime and sand and wait a good amount of time between coats. Also, clear coat the shit out of anything you paint, or else you may see chipping in the future.
05-03-2008, 02:33 AM
stay far far far far far away from those vinyl dash kits they suck... use spray paint its come out way better.. if you want a pattern send them to pattrn tek..
05-03-2008, 04:40 AM
I vote painting. I painted my interior last summer using some krylon flat black and their clearcoat and it looks great! I used regular black the first time but it came out too glossy. Pay attention when doing bigger pieces. I rushed on my door pieces and now I have some light spots underneath the door handles that I gotta fix now.
05-03-2008, 01:42 PM
Big time repaint from another forum. They did most of it it in pure white, which I toned down to a creamy white in Photoshop. Not for everyone (including me) but it fits the theme of this thread. Maybe a chick car?:
05-03-2008, 04:54 PM
That looks like your typical Lexus or other luxury car interior. Not my style as well, but that does look pretty damn cool knowing it's in a focus!
05-03-2008, 06:26 PM
Nice, it's obvious you can do some really nice work with paint. I went the kit route myself. It's not cheap, and it's sure not from e-bay. It's the blue carbon fiber look from B & I (BITRIM.com). The door handles and door switches are also included. In fact there were so many parts I elected to leave some off. The center air vents and even the cd slot in the radio could have been covered, but I think they "pop" without the trim so I left those off.
You can't see it in the pic, but the console is trimmed all the way back to under the lid. Even had to pop the shifter boot off, there's trim under there you can't even see - go figure. Look to left of the steering wheel, the dash is trimmed from side to side.
If you're thinking about a kit, check these guys out. It was a snap to install and every part fit like they'd come to my house and custom cut them on my car.