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The one that surrounds the radio and a/c controls? It's silver and I want to paint it black. I tried turning the vents sideways and pulling it a bit but it seemd rather hard to do and I didn't want to break it.

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Nevermind. I got it off. I just wasn't pulling hard enough. I didn't know it had metal clips on it. It scared the shit out of me one end finally popped out and I heard the clip make a springing type noise. I thought I had busted something.

One coat on. Waiting for it to dry for a second and possibly a third.
 

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Don't forget to do a few coats of clear.

Looking forward to some pics. ;)

Oooh. I don't have any clear coat. I'll have to get some. Thanks. :)
 

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when i was younger i used to paint stuff and got over zealous about putting it on. Make sure you let it dry longer than you think (DUH) Oh and i hope you used a paint that can bond to plastic or at least a plastic primer, if not say by by to the paint in a few months.
The clear coat will make that piece look fantastic, put a few coats of that on there too. PICS PICS PICS
 

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when i was younger i used to paint stuff and got over zealous about putting it on. Make sure you let it dry longer than you think (DUH) Oh and i hope you used a paint that can bond to plastic or at least a plastic primer, if not say by by to the paint in a few months.
The clear coat will make that piece look fantastic, put a few coats of that on there too. PICS PICS PICS

I used a Rustoleum brand specifically made for plastics. I put three or four coats of it on and then three coats of clear. It looks pretty good. I'll throw it back on there in the morning.
 

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Dammit!!! I screwed it up last night. Every part I checked out was dry but when I picked it up to move it, I sure enough found a wet spot and left a nice freakin' fingerprint in it.

I guess I'll go to the hardware store today and buy some fine sand paper and sand it off and do it all over again. :mad:
 

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I would give it at LEAST 24 hours. I did ALOT of little painting like that this summer restoring my '77 Corvette. After screwing up almost every piece once, I repainted everything walked out, went to the bar, woke up the next afternoon, and the stuff was solid. When you use the clear coat, I found that the longer you can let the base coat dry before you use the clear, the faster the whole thing will cure. The clear dries faster than the color, so if you put it on too fast it will create a small solid layer over the slightly wet paint, that will make the whole thing take alot longer to dry totally.



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I would give it at LEAST 24 hours. I did ALOT of little painting like that this summer restoring my '77 Corvette. After screwing up almost every piece once, I repainted everything walked out, went to the bar, woke up the next afternoon, and the stuff was solid. When you use the clear coat, I found that the longer you can let the base coat dry before you use the clear, the faster the whole thing will cure. The clear dries faster than the color, so if you put it on too fast it will create a small solid layer over the slightly wet paint, that will make the whole thing take alot longer to dry totally.

I think that's exactly what happend my friend. Plus there was a small cold front and little bit of rain that moved in last night. The humidity and lower temps don't help the curing process either.

I'm just gonna let it completely dry, take some fine sand paper to it and wet sand the entire thing and do it over. Afterall, I want it to look good if it's gonna be on my car. ;)
 

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Ok, cool.

I was able to cover up the fingerprints with another coat of clear. At least now, I don't have to sand it and start all over again.

I'm not touching the damn thing until tomorrow afternoon now. LOL! :p
 

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I'll be the one to ask the stupid question... Did you need to take anything else off to get that piece off?

Man, I miss my old Dodge Omni... The bolts under the dash were in plain sight!
 

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No, just turn the ac vents sideways and tug on them to get it started. You'll have to pull a little harder than you'd expect. Once the top two clips are loose, the rest of them come out pretty easy.
 

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Don't forget if your going to REMOVE the piece from the car there is a clip for the Hazard light button :)!
 

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Don't forget if your going to REMOVE the piece from the car there is a clip for the Hazard light button :)!

Good point. Yes, don't forget that and pop you wires off of the haz light switch.
 
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