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Interior paint long term results

Posted by ErikTande, Dec 31, 2019

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  1. ErikTande

    ErikTande Supporting Member

    Joined Dec 17, 2012
    Centennial, Colorado
    Who has long term results for painting their plastic interior bits? I'm talking at least a year.

    What paint did you use?
    What prep did you do?
    How has it held up? Any chipping? fading? cracking? peeling?

    There's a million threads and videos floating around on painting interior plastic parts and vinyl with various products, a lot of them with REALLY good results. But I'm interested in hearing and seeing LONG TERM results to see which ones are holding up. Vinyl paint, fabric, leather, plastic, etc Thanks! Here's a picture because no one likes to read. ^_^


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  2. Bock

    Bock Probationary Member

    Joined Jun 13, 2018
    St-Jerome, QC, Canada
    Already used duplicolor vynil&fabric spray paint. Had very good result each time.

    Of course, follow the instruction, parts must be cleen, dust-free, etc..

    My 2g came with a full "white" painted interior trim. Before finding good OEM trim pannel, i used the gray color from duplicolor and the match watch 95% of the oem gray.
    But i'll avoid any friction area like door handle. I dont know if its gonna hold well. And any fabric, finish is not really good (smooth)
    My trim panel have been painted for 2 years before i sourced a leather interior.

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    1990TSIAWDTALON Moderator

    Joined Nov 14, 2013
    Independence, Kansas
    We always use an adhesion promoter. Helps the vinyl paint stick and stay. My sons Camaro has only been done a year but sure looks fresh red from 1986. He had our Oriellys mix the paint to match, they did a real good job and he did each panel separately and used primer also.
    Best tip is the adhesion promoter Erik.

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  4. lasthope05

    lasthope05 Proven Member

    Joined Mar 31, 2006
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    I've had wear issues with the door sills and door panels. It doesn't last in high wear areas so best bet is to apply extra coat there and expect to touch up when it does wear down.

    I used TSP to clean, bulldog adhesion promoter, and SEM color coat.
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    EVLGSX Proven Member

    Joined Dec 7, 2017
    Wallingford, Connecticut
    SEM Color Coat is the best product out there. It is an elastometric coating rather than a paint.

    I go-

    -SEM Soap

    - adhesion promoter/ (SEM Sand Free)

    -SEM Color Coat

    Stuff is very resilient- I tested this process on a center armrest years ago. You cannot go wrong with this recipe

    For best results- they have a color chart available-


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    EVLGSX Proven Member

    Joined Dec 7, 2017
    Wallingford, Connecticut

    coats of the SEM Color Coat Satin gloss clear can help with the issues you had in those high traffic areas

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    1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
    awd · manual · 2G DSM
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