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I refinished SOOO BIG's center radio bezel

 
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Old 06 Nov 2017, 06:01 pm
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Default I refinished SOOO BIG's center radio bezel

I found a paint shop that supplied me matching paint stuffed into a spray can to refinish SOOO BIG's center radio bezel.

They advised me that all they needed to make up a batch for the spray can was a sample of the color. I found a piece from a badly damaged passenger side air bag cover dash in the right silver color on a trip to the local salvage yard. They were able to scan and code it. They matched the color perfectly.

After a little cleaning, sanding, taping and spraying of color and clear coat. Here's the end result.

This paint is of the same quality as used in an auto body paint shop. No Walmart off the shelf stuff. Good drying time, nice fill and coverage, excellent finish and match.

This wasn't a must do project but something I thought SOOO BIG deserved when I had the chance. The color and finish are as original and still out of a dedicated spray can. Proving I'm still basically a rattle can guy. I would guess any of your local paint suppliers can give you the same product.

I like the way each unit in the radio bezel is now defined individually.

Happy PTin', ptprice

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Old 06 Nov 2017, 06:12 pm
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Old 06 Nov 2017, 06:38 pm
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Default Re: I refinished SOOO BIG's center radio bezel

That looks great, Price. Awesome job.

I'd forgotten that you have the RB1 stereo and factory "Chrome Package". And that bezel looks so good it took me a moment to realize that it didn't come that way. I have a 2nd Gen Double DIN bezel I may need you to paint for me. I suck at this kind of thing.
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Old 06 Nov 2017, 07:14 pm
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That looks great, Price. Awesome job.

I'd forgotten that you have the RB1 stereo and factory "Chrome Package". And that bezel looks so good it took me a moment to realize that it didn't come that way. I have a 2nd Gen Double DIN bezel I may need you to paint for me. I suck at this kind of thing.
All it takes is good pre cleaning, a careful light scuffing with 600 grit wet sand, tacking, very careful taping and light coats to build up the color and then light coats to build the clear finish. Have a good light illuminating your work place. Constantly tilt the work to view your coverage. Spray the edges, then up, down and side to side for full coverage. Always spray so you don't get over spray on your work. This keeps the finish laying consistent. You'll end up with some paint on your fingers but it's small price to pay. The funnest part is pullin' off the tape and seein' the results. If you screw it up there's always a raid on a salvage yard to replace it.

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Looks great! I still love the looks of the dash on the 1st gen PT's!
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I love you left the original color of the vent. A lot more work but your skill has me impressed as a professional myself. Looks like it should have been. Go on with your bad self my friend.
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That looks absolutely fantastic mate
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Looks great! I still love the looks of the dash on the 1st gen PT's!
Me Too! Happy PTin', ptprice
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Looks great....
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Really nice job. I like the color and how you separated the colors for the vents from the rest on the bezel. Nice radio...........
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