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Old 02-27-2007, 11:54 PM   #1
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DIY: Painting interior Instrument Panels

I'm pretty sure there is a DIY about this but I haven't seen a really detailed one maybe because so many people are use to doing this themselves but for people who are new to it (like myself) this is a bit more detailed.

Start by ripping the interior panels you want to paint. I wanted to get all the silver pieces and the gauge cover so that's all i removed. For the left and right side panels (the ones with the emergency flashers and the passenger lights) I yanked on the bottom first and worked my way to the top. Some force is needed to un-do these but it doesn't hurt the car at all.


Next up I prepped the panels by wiping them down with a paper towel and isopropyl alcohol and then wiping it dry with a dry paper towel.



Then i used 400 grit sand paper and lightly sanded down my pieces. The only piece i showed in this DIY is the air vent panel but do likewise for the other panels you might want to paint.

I once again used a paper towel and alcohol to get rid of any material that had been sanded off. After that I used a tact cloth (usually found at Kragen or Autozone or some place) to wipe my piece down to pick up any excess residue that might have been left over.

Now it's ready to be primed. For my pieces i used Duplicolor Truck and SUV primer but you might want to use something else if you like. Just and even coat say 6-8inches away from the pieces and let is dry for a minute or so then go at it again. I sprayed three layers onto my piece and ended up with this.

I let it sit for about 3-5 minutes or so then i began to spray it with the color that i wanted to turn the panels into. For my pieces i used the Duplicolor Truck and SUV Mariner Blue M paint. Do the same thing as you did with the primer. Spray even layers along the surface of the piece, let dry and layer again. I did about three layers on this piece also and ended up with this.


Last but certainly not least is the clear coat. I used the Duplicolor Truck and SUV clear coat since Kragen didn't have the smaller can for autos. Same process as the last two and by the end of everything i ended up with this. The first photo was taken without flash and the second with flash.


I hope this was helpful to anyone who is thinking about painting their panels for the first time.
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Old 02-28-2007, 12:14 AM   #2
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ooo nice tut. thats hot.......came out really hot.

Im planning to paint mine white soon..........when i can be bothered.....
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Old 02-28-2007, 12:16 AM   #3
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nice work... but you forgot pictures of it all back installed haha looks good
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Old 02-28-2007, 12:28 AM   #4
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I haven't installed it back yet because I painted it all today hehe Gotta let it all dry out But my car looks like someone car jacked it but only stole the panels Thanks for the nice comments as it was my first time.
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Old 02-28-2007, 12:45 AM   #5
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yay a painting vergin....well not anymore...

any chances of the interior grey door panels to be painted???
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Old 02-28-2007, 12:49 AM   #6
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Yeah that's my next paint job. Reason why I'm painting my interior blue is to match my soon to be rims that my friend's brother had custom painted subie blue ( WR blue or something rather) on 5Zigen Div3 rims that he's selling to me for $800 (rims only.) I also plan to paint my Netz badge and rear Toyota badge the same color. Later on I will get a Sparco LIthium shift knob and I'm not too sure about e-brake handle yet.
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Old 02-28-2007, 01:03 AM   #7
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I have a plan to get rid of all that blue poka dot material on my doors and back panels, I am thinking about black suede or vinyl (fake leather), which ever material I go with I will be rapping my pillars and headliner in as well
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Old 02-28-2007, 01:06 AM   #8
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I'm replacing those with either blue or black after i get my bucket seats in maybe a year or so not too sure yet.
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Old 02-28-2007, 01:12 AM   #9
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I will be rapping my pillars and headliner in as well
Yo yo yo wassup my pillarizzle? Headliner in da house yo!

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Old 02-28-2007, 03:21 AM   #10
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hmm how come the pics don't show up and there are x's where the pics are
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Old 02-28-2007, 03:43 AM   #11
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Yo yo yo wassup my pillarizzle? Headliner in da house yo!

I just slapped my forehead.

Oh, and those pictures don't work.
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Old 02-28-2007, 06:17 PM   #12
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yea...I don't know why they don't work. http://new.photos.yahoo.com/ysrdrgn8/albums

That's a link to the photos for now. I really don't know how to put pictures up on here sorry.
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:24 PM   #13
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On your original post, click edit.

Then click "Go Advanced."

There will be a paper clip icon on the top near the center. Click it, it will take you to the "manage attatchments" window. Upload all of your pictures, then exit out of it and click that paper clip again. You should see a menu pop up with links to all your pictures.

Hope that makes sense. If not, PM me.
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:40 PM   #14
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How did you keep the silver hew look after painting the silver panels (if that makes sense)
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Old 03-01-2007, 04:57 AM   #15
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here are the final pics of the finished product. I still have to put pics of what it looks like in my car.
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Old 03-13-2007, 08:32 PM   #16
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I hate commiting threadomancy, but how are the panels holding up? Any paint fading? That color is really close to my factory paint color, so this may go down as my first mod to the yaris.
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Old 03-13-2007, 08:35 PM   #17
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The panels are holding up great! No paint fading at all. If you do this mod I hope you're happy with your results.
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Old 03-13-2007, 09:01 PM   #18
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If you don't mind could we see some updated photos. Thanks
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