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Old 05-25-2005, 12:26 AM   #1
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I want to paint the interior trim on my car and I was wondering if I really have to sand because I really am not that good and will it come out ok if I don't sand it?


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Old 05-25-2005, 01:21 AM   #2
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it will come out a million times better if you sand. You need an abrasive surface for the paint to stick to. Just give them a nice good run through and they'll come out fine.
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Yes, if your going to do any painting what-so-ever. Sanding is MANDATORY. It will give it an unmatched finished compared to unsanding, lengthen the life of the paint job, and just look a helluva lot better. You don't have to sand till it's uber gone, just a good run through like skat said. There's some excellent tutorials on this site. I also recommend getting Bulldog Adhesion Promoter and apply that before you primer. Any good auto shop will have it, hell even wal-mart has it! So have at it and post pics when done!
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You barely have to sand, it's extremely easy as the grit of the sand paper is very slight so you won't damage the parts at all. Honestly as mentioned you'll get a way better finished result in the end if you sand.
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Sanding is not mandotory. If you go to a Dupont certified shop, buy their Vinyl paint and a prevail sprayer and your all set. What's even better is that you can pick outta literally thousands of colors, even factory colors. The member, FociFosho, (sp) went this route. The Dupont Vinyl paint comes premixed with the adhesion promotor. You can even adjust the gloss from low to high. Just ask. If they say it can't be done, then tell them to add 306S. That's the high-gloss additive. Id go this route if i were ever to paint my interior simply because it'll give it a factory, clean look with the groves in the vinyl and not being completely smooth in one area than another.


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It's not as much an adhesion promotor but sanding gets rid of the bumpy texture on the stock parts as well as help the paint 'stick'. The stock finish (bumpy texture) is pretty minor but will be enhanced when you paint, will show the flaws alot more unless you sand.

All depends on the final look you want.
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I used some adhesion promoter on my little triangle side vents, instead of sanding, and the paint didn't stick nearly as well. I'm going to have to sand it down, and redo the paint. Luckily, it was just the triangle vents, and not all the other interior pieces I want to do. Ha.

As others have said, sand it!! You will thank yourself in the long run.
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OK you guys make it sound really easy so i will sand.but one more question, the color of the outside of my car is twilight blue which is a dark blue almost black at night. Now what color do you guys think i should paint all the trim, i was thinking maybe silver or a lighter blue. any opinions would be appreciated!!
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I used some adhesion promoter on my little triangle side vents, instead of sanding, and the paint didn't stick nearly as well. I'm going to have to sand it down, and redo the paint. Luckily, it was just the triangle vents, and not all the other interior pieces I want to do. Ha.

As others have said, sand it!! You will thank yourself in the long run.
I suppose you used Krylon? Did you clean the side vents before you painted? If so, what did you use to clean it? I know for a fact, because dealers and bodyshops do this, that peices do not have to be sanded for paint to stick, providing that you use the Dupont vinyl paint. As S2 said, the bumpy texture is stock finish, but wouldn't imperfections be more prominent on a smooth surface rather a surface that is randomly bumpy? S2, your absolutly right..It all depends on the final look that you want. If you want it smooth, then of course sand it down. If youd like to keep the factory look but not the color, get the Dupont Vinyl paint and your all set.
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Sharon: Go with silver. Will the inside real crisp.

Sting: Rinsed and cleaned with alcohol. Used Dupont adhesion promotor (for plastics). And then painted. And yeah, definitely not satisfied with the results. Redoing tonight.
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