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« on: October 15, 2004, 03:11:38 pm »
Something I was pondering the other day as I drove home: a small mural would look really neat on my dashboard... It could even extend up into that silly concave surface meant to hold sunglasses or a book or whatever, (But isn't deep enough to keep anything from sliidng around,)  with some streams and waterfalls or something... (I'm in general picturing the Amazon, with some black panthers in there.  oCeLot (I believe) did a lovely pic of an anthro panther crouched in the rain with his head back, on a cliff overlooking a jungle.  Something like that.)

    *Anyways*, what I was wondering about was what to use on that strange semi-yielding substance many dashes are made of these days?  (My plan is to try and commission an artist at a convention to do this for me. Just hop in the car, with the appropriate paints/markers/whatever I provide and go to work.)  Perhaps it's a silly idea that wouldn't work, but it would sure make the car a more pleasant place to spend hours in every week.

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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2004, 03:27:23 pm »
Hmmm....that would be truely awesome!  My fear is that the sun would make quick work of it due to the location.  Let us know what you find out.
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2004, 03:45:47 pm »
Is it a vinyl covered dash? If so an auto paint supply house can get you the vinyl paint that manufacturers and body shops use to color them (most come in black, they paint them to match the car they're put in).
  If it's a flexible plastic then you can add a flex agent (again, from a auto paint supplier) to most enamel paints. Another possibility is try a hobby shop that sells high end Radio Controlled cars. They use bodies made of poly lexan and the paint sold for those is very flexable. I have bodies that are over 12 years old and the paint has not chipped, crazed, or faded on them.
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2004, 04:29:36 pm »
I just googled the subject from a few angles, and have a bunch of leads on paint.  It's all spray paint though so far, and in a limited range of colors... Not convenient for any detailed mural-work.  However, with enough sanding and priming, perhaps some more conventional paint would work.
(I suppose it's vinyl... It isn't hard plastic, at least, not the parts I want to paint.  It squishes a little when you press on it?  Just a little. And it's textured.)
I guess if the vinyl dye or whatever is the only route, than working with stencils would be my only option.  That, or to cover the dash with a paintable-surface.

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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2004, 07:12:32 pm »
All the vinyl paints I've seen are in a spray can. Here's a trick my aunt taught me, spray the paint into a disposable bowl or cup (don't use styrofoam, the paint might eat it) and use a brush from there. Spray paint has more evaporitive thinners in it than normal paint, but after 5-10 minute in a bowl it will have the same consistancy of regular paints.
  It takes a little longer with this method, but if all you can get are spray bombs it will do the trick.

   Oh, and it sounds like it's definitely vinyl on your dash. One thing you'll want to do is get the proper prep-sol from an auto shop to get rid of any Armour-All, otherwise it'll peel really fast. When you're using high dollar paints, it pays to use the correct thinners and prep-sol.
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