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Old 12-04-2007, 01:33 AM   #1
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Talking Two tone your interior $7 version.

I haven't seen anyone post door panel paint before (but then again, I am new, I might have missed it). If I am doubleposting please just say that, don't flame
I saw the post by LAFENGAS:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showpos...3&postcount=81
Great DIY on how to cover your door panels.

Now for the guys that don't want to go through all that and want more of a stock look, I recently discovered how well Duplicolor's vinyl paint works.

Here's what I started with:


I bought one can of Duplicolor Vinyl and Fabric Spray in black from Pep Boys for $6:


Steps one or two can be done in either order, it really doesn't matter if you mask and then clean or clean and then mask, but you'll be able to clean the whole pannel if you do that first.

Step one:
Took off the door pannels (great DIY in the thread I linked to, or just search), used about a dollar worth of masking tape to cover up the leather center piece, sorry no pics there, I had my pannels inside and my camera was left in the car. I basically cut a piece of newspaper the shape of the leather piece and taped around it and tucked the masking tape underneath it tightly.

Step Two:
This is the most important, even more than the paint itself. It's to clean the surface. Any vinyl protectants or oils on the surface will act as another layer between the vinyl and the paint, so getting rid of all dirt, debree and oils ensures that your paint won't peel or chip. If you do a half-a$$ed job here the paint will look good, but a few monts down the road it might peel and you'll have to re-do it.

Step Three:
Spray. This thing stinks really bad while working with it, so don't do it in a place without good ventilation. Even steady sprays from about 8-10 inches away do the job great. Practice on something else first. All you need is a thin steady layer to cover up the vinyl texture. Theere's a decent video on the duplicolor website on how to spray. It's a demo on seats, but it's the same concept.

Here's the finished look:



The texture itself:


The edges:

I didn't get ANY bleeding over and the paint went in the cracks deep enough that you can't tell it was painted. Saved me drilling the leather layer out and gluing it back together.

I did decide to skip out the speaker, if you do decide to do that, use a dufferent kind of paint, because this will not look even and it will streak on the smooth plastic (and I'm not sure about painting the plastic mesh speaker cover, I think it might come out ugly).

Before doing this practice spraying a lot, too much paint and it'll make it easy to chip nad you'll lose the texture, too little and your original color will peek through. I used a single can for both front panels, you might wanna pick up an extra just in case, or in case you wanna do the rears as well.

Sorry for the pictures, it was about midnight and dark and I didn't have my tripod, so I just took them like that trying to keep a steady hand. I'll try and take more during daytime.
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:36 AM   #2
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Exactly what I did. It's amazing, I love that stuff. The best part is, if you get a scratch, just tape off the area and give it one quick spray, BAM, back to new.
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I wasn't aware that duplicolor was actually good stuff. It looks really great, I've been thinking of doing the same.

How does the black match with the textured black from the dash which is also painted?

If you wouldn't mind, keep us posted as to how it does in the next fews weeks.
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It looks great and the color is pretty much the same as the top of my dashboard which came black. I haven't had any scratches on the vinyl yet.
And... I couldn't take any more pics because it's cold as hell outside and it's snowing...
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alec what did you use to put the door panels back together
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i have to do this
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alec what did you use to put the door panels back together
I don't know what he used, but in my oppinion plastic epoxy would be the way to go if you want to glue them. Home Depot and Lowes have them, and most car stores as well.


Another way is to get short stubby screws and some washers and screw it back together. Both wayscould cause problems (cracking or separation), but you can't do much else if you do take them apart.
That's why I skipped separating the pannels and just masked them off.

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I did it because after time the tops of the doors had become gray and uncleanable with oil and dirt remains. And the bottoms had black kick marks. This really made it look brand new and improved the car's overall interior appearance.
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^^^ well im prolly going to use duramix or a plastic welder. im afraid ill screw up if i mask it off
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