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BLstangin
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From: South Central MN
Registered: Apr 2002

posted 06-23-2002 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BLstangin   Click Here to Email BLstangin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello, as you may know you can only get armrests and dashpads in black for a 70, and I need them in blue. My uncle (bodyman) painted my armrests with some of that interior dye from Mustangs Unlimited, they have only been on there a week and they are aready flaking. I need to know how you other guys painted yours and how they held up.

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70SportsRoof
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From: Phoenix, AZ
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 06-23-2002 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 70SportsRoof   Click Here to Email 70SportsRoof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If they are new he should have cleaned them to remove any wax and stuff that is on them from the manufacturing process. That may be why they are flaking already. I've dyed my '70's visors and kick panels and use a dye called Molecu-Bond, it's kind of expensive, but works really good. It gets down into the vinyl a little and holds up better. You can get it at Pep-Boys.

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1970 Mustang Deluxe SportsRoof (daily driver), 1946 Ford pickup, another 1946 Ford pickup, 1947 Ford parts truck, 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Town Vic

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Ralph Rebandt
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posted 06-23-2002 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ralph Rebandt   Click Here to Email Ralph Rebandt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey I used the "Vinyl Prep" stuff first that they have out there. Got mine from NPD. It worked great and no flakes!

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mellowyellow
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posted 06-24-2002 06:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That stuff is called mold release and it's has to come off. First wash off is with mineral spirits and wipe dry. I then use common ordinary HOT dishwash detergent and lightly rough up the surface with some diluted kitchen cleanser, wash and throughly rinse. The spray dyes for Mustang colors are a lacquer with a flex additive. Just prior to painting, wipe the surface of the vinyl with lacquer thinner. Opens the vinyl and gives the paint some "grab". Immediately start to spray using THIN coats. Living in a humid climate, lacquer likes to blush in that climate so I use a hair dryer to keep the surface warm preventing that. Have never had one flake off. The dark aqua on my 65 dash is over 3years old and looks like new! Always use white paper towels for surface prep prior to paint as it minimizes "fish eyes" Rags carry too much residual stuff.

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