I would spray a UV clear coat.@grayfj62turd How did you resolve your dash pad issue? I'm in a similar situation, but it is because I finally bought the new OEM grey dash pad after several (unsuccessful) attempts to find the Sepia Brown dash. I plan to paint the new dash with SEM "Cordovan Brown" per @iCruiser 's method. I hope that you did the same and can report that this has held-up well in the sun (no fading or peeling). Please let us know how it turned out and send pic's if possible. Thanks
That sounds like a good suggestion. Have you used this on a dash before?I would spray a UV clear coat.
This product looks like a better choice.
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SEM is good quality and the color match is the best available.That sounds like a good suggestion. Have you used this on a dash before?
I'll will check if the UV protectants you mentioned above are also compatible with the SEM color coat. I could not find a ColorBond color that confidently matches the Sepia Brown in the FJ62, so right now I'm sticking with the SEM "Cordovan brown" that is supposed to be a close match.
The SEM paint tech sheet ( https://manage.semproducts.com/public/content/techsheets/TDS_color_coat.pdf ) only says "Fade resistant", which makes me think that a good UV protectant might help. I couldn't find a SEM UV topcoat, so I sent ColorBond an e-mail asking if their UV protectant is designed for application over their own color coat...if so, it's probably OK with the SEM paint too?
Interestingly, ColorBond is willing to mix a custom color if you buy a minimum order of 48 cans (about $800). That said, there seems to be a preference on the forum for the SEM product line. Is that because SEM is longer lasting or just because the SEM color is a closer match? I read that ColorBond is a single-step process with some type of vinyl/plastic bonding agent incorporated into the color coat, whereas the SEM method requires a separate "primer" specific to the underlying medium.
Response back from the CEO of ColorBond:A new dash is $500+, $30 seems like cheap insurance. One way to find out, failure is the best teacher.
Acetone will melt some plastics. Be careful.Slightly off topic...
The SEM graphite grey is a close match to the grey console. I tested it on the a spot and other than it's more glossy, it's a dead ringer. The plastic prep is about $30 (paint $18) I'm wondering if it is nessasary and if so, is it acetone or some other solvent? Maybe the prep is used to make the worn surfaces more uniform?
The spot I tested it and seems to be durable. Anybody already learned the hardway what not to do?
Hi Tex ( @Scro )..have you painted your dash yet? I noticed that SEM recommends 38343 Vinyl Prep prior to the Color Coat (not Plastic Adhesion Promoter 39863), so I wondered if it worked OK for you?SEM is good quality and the color match is the best available.
Haven’t used colorbond yet, I have a new gray dash that I’m going to paint when temps warm up. I will use Prep All to clean the dash then SEM Plastic Adhesion Promoter, 3-4 light coats of SEM Cordovan Brown and the colorbond uv clear.
I‘ll post results in 4-6 weeks.
No I haven’t started that project yet. Thanks for the heads up.Hi Tex ( @Scro )..have you painted your dash yet? I noticed that SEM recommends 38343 Vinyl Prep prior to the Color Coat (not Plastic Adhesion Promoter 39863), so I wondered if it worked OK for you?
I believe the "acetone" test used to decide between "39863 Adhesion Promoter" or "38363 Sand Free" is meant for hard plastics (like my center console) and not for vinyl. When I did that test, the vinyl on my new OEM gray dash pad got sticky and the dye/paint came off, so in this case too, the Adhesion Promoter would not be the recommended choice.
I did buy the Colorbond UV Clear and will use that instead of the SEM 39643 Tack Free for the top coat. I read mixed reviews about Tack Free and allowing for sufficient dry time seems like a critical part of avoiding discoloration of the underlying color coat. Probably applies to the UV Clear paint too.
So...I've stopped my project for the moment while I await the arrival of the SEM soap and the 38343 Vinyl Prep.