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  • Dying Door Panels on my 78 Magnum

    Today I dyed the door panels to my Magnum

    They're were looking pretty ratty, so I took them off

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    Wiped down with wax and grease remover and scuffed

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    masked off the courtesy lights and trim

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    I generally start with two light coats, and then one wet coat. That worked well for the hard plastic and carpet, but the soft vinyl would have parts that looked like it was soaking it up. It was splotching with parts being gloss and parts being flat. I thought I'd must done something wrong in prep, but it finally came out OK by the time I'd hit the soft vinyl another six or seven times with a wet coat, waiting about 2-3 minutes between. It took a full 12oz can for first panel.

    Same deal with second panel. I made sure I'd rubbed off all of the wax and grease remover, and let it air dry for an hour. However, same deal. Hard plastic and carpet looked good after two light and one wet coat, but I had to keep hitting the soft plastic with more wet coats where the dye dries in a flat splotches. When the soft vinyl finally was a consistent gloss, I had just enough left in the can to give the entire soft vinyl an even wet coat instead of just dressing up the splotches.



    I think it came out looking pretty good. The gloss makes the soft vinyl look a little loose, but I'm hoping that between clipping back to the door and the door handle that it will tighten the look a little.
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