Anybody feel like painting their interior?


Jul 27, 2004
Austin, TX
I just painted my dash clock and have a few pictures to illustrate what could be a write-up tutorial for anyone who would be interested.

The reason I offer is because out of all the interior parts to paint the dash clock was probably the most difficult. Its not a situation where masking tape is of much help so you sort of have to disassembly things that aren't meant to be disassembled lol.

Let me know if anyone is interested. :nice:

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i would like to see some pics.i need to paint the gray section of my dash.i'm going for all black interior.i switched out all the other panel's with parts from the junk yard,but dont want to pull the dash.any pics and tips would help alot.
Ok, cool. I'll post some pictures hopefully tomorrow. To answer inphiniti's question, I painted it white. I'll discuss the pros and cons of that decision tomorrow as well.

I don't know about you guys but taping things has always been difficult for me. And often times (unfortunately) its hard to tell if something is taped properly until after its painted.

This is why I tried to totally disassemble the dash clock before painting it (removing the necessity for tape). I've also painted the door cups, ac vents, and the stereo bezel but those are pretty easy so I didn't think about posting a writeup.

Anyways, I'll try to get some more things posted tomorrow after class!

Until then, heres the final product:

-Will :nice:
Alright, the stereo bezel, ac vents and door cups are easy peasy lemon squeezy. The dash clock however, requires not just removal but taping.

Taping is my worst enemy. So I figured out you can take it apart but you just have to do this carefully. I made a mistake or two so I figured a write up would be advantageous to anyone following in my footsteps.

Here we go:

First of all, remove the dash clock from the dash by pulling upwards. (There are two clips on the front of the clock assembly and one centered on the back)

After its removed you have this:

So the next step would be to remove the two screws securing the actual computer from the assembly.

This step is easy so I'll not include the picture.

The following step includes separating the front of the bezel from the rear. This involves running a knife along a few of the edges to shake up some of the glue thats holding it together.


Okey dokey so once removed you should now have three pieces:

Now, to make sure that this project needs absolutely no tape, we HAVE to remove the plastic window that allows visibility of the clock. I did this by first trying to loosen some of the corners of the plastic window from the back with my pocket knife and this ended up not really helping lol. Infact a piece of plastic chipped off and nailed my eye ball! :notnice: Lol, ouch.

So rather than following that step you'll probably be safe just holding the assembly firmly in both hands and pushing with your thumbs like i did here:
NOTE: The picture shows me using one thumb... USE TWO lol. You want the weight to be displaced evenly. (This is obvious)

Now I painted with this plastic kyrolon fusion paint. I've played around with other paints before (dupli-color) from auto stores but have found this to be just as good if not better. (a couple dollars a can from the hardware store)

Ok soooo... a few coats later and its white as the driven snow. Now you have to reassemble the pieces and secure them with a few daps of glue. I used gorilla glue which is very strong but not easy to work with. If I were to do it again I would probably use a glue that doesn't expand as much as gorilla glue (Gorilla glue is known to expand 4x larger while drying).

Anyways, heres the final piece assembled and glued with some small weights on the plastic to keep the glue expansion from lifting the plastic.

Once that sits until dried installation is a snap.

I'll probably add more information later depending on the responses. Sorry for the brevity of descriptions lol, if you've read any other write ups of mine I'm usually much more precise with instruction but I have a 2000 word essay due tomorrow over Friedrich Nietzsche :notnice: . lol

nice write-up:nice: .lot's of good info,and your dash look's really did you prep those peice's for paint?what did you clean them with?and finally,will that type of paint be good for the air bags and other part's that are normally gray on the dashboard?i'm going to paint mine black when i work up the courage.

sorry for so many questions.there are many thing's i'm good at,but painting's not one of them.
I need to see the whole thing, the pics you have up, (While very helpful), are leaving me with a sour feeling about the overall look.
I have been wrong before, (69clarke's wheels), so seeing the whole interior will probably change my mind.
If you want to paint eh part of the dash thats not black, then go to and search for dye. The stuff I used has OMNI-PAK on the label, or something like that. Make sure you get the LATEX/ACRYLIC. I used the laquer on the hard plastics, and it does not match the factory black. But the latex one matches PERFECTLY. I work at a paint store matching colors every day, so I have a very good eye for it. This stuff has the same color and sheen. And its very durable. I have one spot I need to touch up, but thats where my knee always rubs. And I did it like 1.5 years ago.
White94Cobra, the only way i could think of showing you the entire interior (short of taking a video) was with a panoramic.

Its so sunny out, though, that the panoramic turned out pretty overexposed. But anyways here's a link:

davis, it seems like the green GT knows of a good solution to your question. As far as preperation, on the door cups I did a very light sanding then a simple cleaning/degreasing before painting. Preparations largely depend on the type of paint being used.

On the clock and radio/shifter bezel I just used a heavy degreaser. If your like me then you can bet on grease residue being saturated throughout most of your interior (i have been known to go a little nuts with the turtle wax f21 products) so the degreasing in my case was the only really necessary preparatory step.

turbogt, I agree that it can look cheesy, especially if you go overboard with colors like red/blue/yellow. Athough, I think white and black usually looks pretty classy :nice: .