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#1 glgrumpy ONLINE  

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 05:41 PM

Have Snapper 1650 with plastic dash and control covers that are faded/worn from being outside in weather. They have some cracks, which I think I can glue/repair once off. Wondering if some majic compound to bring back the black color or if painting is only way? Will about any paint work or need special plastic type? It's not vynil, so thinking any paint should work w/out melting. Would you use flat, satin or gloss? Satin seems more likely I'm thinking, but maybe the Gloss would just dull after awhile and look OK? :confuse:

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Posted February 14, 2012 - 05:59 PM

There is paint made only for plastic, Krylon Fusion, Rustoleum Plastic paint to name a few, vinyl paint works on plastic also, there are all kinds of plastic repair compound on the market but i do not make it a habit to repair plastic so my knowledge is a bit lacking in that area.
Hope this has helped.

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Posted February 16, 2012 - 10:18 AM

There's a post on here where a guy used his dash as a mold and made a new one of fiberglass. Hopefully you can do a search and find it.

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Posted February 16, 2012 - 10:27 AM

Tweidman also built a brand new dash out of steel. It came out pretty nice too!

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Posted February 16, 2012 - 10:48 AM

I found that tire black does a nice job of bring back the color and shine. It is not paint but the stuff you spray to make your tire look like new.

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Posted February 16, 2012 - 10:54 AM

I cannot find Todd's post about his metal dash build. I'll keep looking.

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Posted February 16, 2012 - 10:58 AM

Also remembered this stuff that the auto restorers use.
http://www.vhtpaint....umpertrimpaint/

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Posted February 16, 2012 - 02:33 PM

I cannot find Todd's post about his metal dash build. I'll keep looking.


Is this it Daniel?

http://gardentractor...-mf2655-custom/
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Posted February 16, 2012 - 03:26 PM

Is this it Daniel?

http://gardentractor...-mf2655-custom/



That's it Greg! Thanks for digging it up. Been in & out all day, so not had time to look for it much.

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Posted February 17, 2012 - 07:53 AM

I used the Krylon Fusion gloss on my MF1450 plastic 2 years ago. Still looks great.

I don't think there is any kind of miracle stuff that will bring it back to life. The sun baked it.

Here's a pic of what it looked like after painting. Still looks like that.

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Posted February 17, 2012 - 09:30 AM

With most cast-in-color plastics, a thin layer of oxidation forms on the surface. The sun can also fade the pigments, but I have found that if you lightly sand the surface, like you would to "rub-out" a paint job, you can restore some of the luster. It all depends on how deep the damage goes. There are several products on the market specifically designed for polishing plastics. The real trouble comes when the surface is textured to begin with. Not much you can do with it and maintain the original texture.
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Posted February 18, 2012 - 03:06 PM

I'm planning to paint the plastic hood nose trim and dash on my MF12 this spring. I bought a spray can of Dupli-color Adhesion Promoter. Has anyone tried this product? Glgrumpy mentioned a black dash so he might find that matching color in plasti coat. This primer I bought at Napa says to apply paint within 10 minutes of the final coat.

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Posted February 18, 2012 - 03:20 PM

I haven't, but would like to hear if it helps.

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 06:20 AM

I used the Krylon Fusion gloss on my MF1450 plastic 2 years ago. Still looks great.

I don't think there is any kind of miracle stuff that will bring it back to life. The sun baked it.

Here's a pic of what it looked like after painting. Still looks like that.

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Love the steering wheel Will.!!! :bounce:
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Posted February 21, 2012 - 06:56 AM

Love the steering wheel Will.!!! :bounce:



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