Painting interior panels

Painting interior panels

Painting your interior plastic panels is a very effective way to jazz up the interior of your ride without dropping a lot of cash into the project. Its also something you can do at home (unlike that bamboo coloured leather you see in show cars). Depending on the age, and luxury, of your car you might find you have a lot of dull greys.. Painting them is easy, painting them PROPERLY will give a clean finish and years of hard wear.
Read on to find out how to paint the interior panels of your car properly.

For best results, read the instructions. Allow for the correct "curing period" (drying time) as per the instructions between coats.
When spraying, its best to use multiple light coats, rather than one heavy coat. This avoid runs, wrinkles, drips and "orange skin".
Finally, clean clean clean ! Spray in a clean area and keep dust away.

First off, scrub the plastic bit down with Prepsol. This removes grease, wax, dirt, snot, etc from the surface for maximum adhesion.
Prepsol cleaned plastic


Next, spray it down with Flexi Primer, the stuff they use on bumper bars and side mouldings. Normal primer wont adhere to plastic, neither does paint! Which is why we need the FlexiPrimer.
FlexiPrimer coat

Once the Flexi Primer coat has dried, it'll look like this.
Dry primed plastic

Next, put down the base coats. In this case, matt black. The base coat gives your colour coat a subtle shade, EG. Silver over blue lends a bluish tint, or Black over red looks like cola! We're finishing it using a kamellion paint, so black gives it the best "pop".
Base coat

Once its dry, on goes the colour coat layer. Kamellion Blue !
Colour coat

Finally, on goes the clear coat. This makes the paint "pop" and sets off the flip effect from the kamellion, the photo's dont do it justice.
It also protects your colour coat from damage during daily wear.
Finished Product

Thats it ! Once the top clear coats dry its ready for action!