So you’ve decided that you need some car interior paint, but you just aren’t sure what would be best. Guess what, there are more options than good choices and the cost skyrockets if you consider having to repaint a screw up, chipping, cracking, etc.. This article will help you make the best decisions on buying car interior paint and what questions you need to answer before you tape off.
Not all paint is created equal and in my own experiences the most expensive was not always the best. I spent a lot of time a few years ago buyin used plastic interior pieces, like door panels and center consoles, painted them, and then resold them on eBay. The paints which are advertised as being good for plastic, just didn’t seem to work properly on the interior car parts.
Krylon was a name that stands out, which was more expensive than typical paint, and was supposed to bond with the plastic parts. Well, all it ever ended up doing was clogging when spraying and the paint that did make it to the part actually ended up bubbling something fierce. It was extremely difficult to lay down an even spray of Krylon, so I abandoned that as an interior paint option.
Duplicolor brand paint was the type that I ended up sticking with. After careful prep of the item, which included a rubbing alcohol bath after a detailed cleaning, I simply laid a couple coats down of the Duplicolor interior paint. On most items this seemed to do the job and I only added a few steps if the item was going to be exposed to wear and tear.
On items like the door handles, where they would constantly be under use, I’d add a few steps to ensure that the color lasted. I would do the regular prep work, with cleaning, then rubbing alcohol wipe down. Then I would use a fine grit sand paper to rough up the smooth plastic surfaces. Afterward I would rub the item down with rubbing alcohol again, let it dry, and then add a gray or primer coat of Duplicolor paint. In my experience either one, primer or dark gray, seemed to work really well.
By painting a few interior pieces, you can add a lot of character to the inside of your car. A few accents the color of the outside of your car can add a nice show quality appearance. Just make sure and take your time, if you rush at all, it will show and you’ll just have to start all over again with sanding.
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