In this article we will be repainting and refinishing the dash trim to have a more unique interior. This will work on most Nissan 240SX, Sentra, Maxima, Altima, and Versa models that have removable trim panels.
Skill Level 2 of 5
Time Required 30 Mins. – 24Hrs. (Depending on amount of trim to be painted, and amount of paint applied and required curing time.)
A. 1-2 Cans "Bulldog Adhesion Promoter" Bulldog Adhesion Promoter link
B. 1-2 Cans Spray Primer For plastic interior pieces high quality primer isn’t really essential.
C. 2 Cans Of Desired Spray Paint Note: I used silver because I think it looks really clean with a black interior.
D. 2 Cans Clear Coat Same as for the primer, Here is an example
E. Sand paper I used 800 grit, worked very well.
F. Cleaning Supplies Soap, water, a rag- For cleaning.
1. Removal: Take out whichever pieces you want to paint, and soak them for a few minutes. Rub down with a soapy cloth, then rinse off and dry.
2. Prep: Take your sand paper and rub down the painting surface of the plastic enough to slightly groove it, helps the primer to stick….wipe down with a wet cloth after this step and rinse/dry again. Repeat this step with the ultra fine sand paper too.
3. Bulldog Adhesion Promoter Spray a light coat over the painting surface of the plastic and let it set for 5-8 minutes. At that point, another coat should be applied and let to dry for 15 minutes.
4. Primer Note: Its very important that you prime the piece 15-20 minutes after applying the second coat of Bulldog, so the promoter is still sticky enough to make a difference. Light coats 12-18 inches away from the plastic seem to work best, do not concentrate spray on any piece for more than 2 seconds, or the primer will run. I suggest prepping/priming the entire front of the pieces you want, as well as the sides and enough of the back.
5. Paint Note: Once the primer dries, I would personally give it 2-3 hours before even touching to paint, you can start applying layers of paint…again 5-6 seems to be the magic number. Keep the nozzle at LEAST one foot from the plastic while painting, and make quick light coats to prevent pooling.
6. Clear Coat Note: More of a protection layer than anything, I would give the paint 2-3 hours to dry, then take the clear coat to it like the primer and paint.I find that three (3) were sufficient.Spray from one foot away, quick even coats.
7. Reassembly: After the recommended curing time ,once they’re dry enough to the touch that the plastic is not the LEAST bit sticky, its good to go in.
Originally Written by gounc14