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  Dash paint. Gloss or Flat?

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FSTBK65
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Posts: 483
From: Salem, Virginia 24153
Registered: May 2004

posted 03-04-2006 01:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FSTBK65        Reply w/Quote
Should I go with flat black or gloss black?
What kind of paint have you guys used?
I am having to redo mine because the ford paint decided to start cracking from where I painted it a couple of years back.

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65 fastback. 302, Paxton Supercharger 7PSI, Edelbrock heads and intake, comp cam, Motorsport rockers,flowtechs with cutouts, x pipe and 2.5in flowmasters. Subframe connectors and shelby traction bars. 4 speed, hurst shifter,Zoom clutch. 368hp and 378ft lbs at the wheels on pump gas. 8.01 @ 87.72 mph 1/8 mi with a 1.78 60ft.

Fastback68
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Posts: 4511
From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Registered: Jul 99

posted 03-04-2006 02:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68        Reply w/Quote
I've seen some early, very shiny dashes, and I don't know if they're original, but 67s and up I go with semi-gloss or satin. It's not the only way to go, but I use lacquer on interiors.

65driver
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Posts: 245
From: Syracuse, NY
Registered: Feb 2000

posted 03-04-2006 08:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 65driver        Reply w/Quote
I used Rustoleum Premium Satin. Satin matches the original look the best. Flat is going to be tough to clean, and gloss reflects quite a bit of light. The Premium Satin an Enamel, comes in lots of different colors - black included. I tried several different brands/types/finishes. This came out the best. IMHO, Rustoleum spray bombs have the best spray nozzles for consistent coverage. I used thier primer/filler and the primer over that. Then the finish color. Even with the dash, the prep is what makes it. I took it all the way down to metal, sanded, primer/filler coats and sandings in between, then primer, another sand, then color. Looks great, if I do say so myself!

FSTBK65
Gearhead

Posts: 483
From: Salem, Virginia 24153
Registered: May 2004

posted 03-04-2006 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FSTBK65        Reply w/Quote
I am using POR-15 on the dash first, and I had a small dent in the drivers side that I had to fix with some bondo. I am doing the floors and all underneath with the POR-15.
I will try the Semi and see how I like it. I guess I could shoot clear over it before it dries if I don't like it.

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65 fastback. 302, Paxton Supercharger 7PSI, Edelbrock heads and intake, comp cam, Motorsport rockers,flowtechs with cutouts, x pipe and 2.5in flowmasters. Subframe connectors and shelby traction bars. 4 speed, hurst shifter,Zoom clutch. 368hp and 378ft lbs at the wheels on pump gas. 8.01 @ 87.72 mph 1/8 mi with a 1.78 60ft.

Fastback68
Gearhead

Posts: 4511
From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Registered: Jul 99

posted 03-04-2006 10:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68        Reply w/Quote
Wow. You don't think POR-15 is serious overkill for a dash? Just my opinion, but I think your dash will last until the next millennium that way.

FSTBK65
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Posts: 483
From: Salem, Virginia 24153
Registered: May 2004

posted 03-04-2006 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FSTBK65        Reply w/Quote
Well I was going to use the POR Chassis Black over top of the POR, but it didnt look quite right so I sanded it and now I have an indestructable coat of primer.

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65 fastback. 302, Paxton Supercharger 7PSI, Edelbrock heads and intake, comp cam, Motorsport rockers,flowtechs with cutouts, x pipe and 2.5in flowmasters. Subframe connectors and shelby traction bars. 4 speed, hurst shifter,Zoom clutch. 368hp and 378ft lbs at the wheels on pump gas. 8.01 @ 87.72 mph 1/8 mi with a 1.78 60ft.

SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 03-04-2006 12:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
Dashes are painted semi-gloss to reduce sun glare. Cars with glossy dashes are virtually undrivable on bright sunny days.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 - '70 Mustang Convertible - '72 Mustang Sprint - '94 F-150 XL

427Fastback
Gearhead

Posts: 530
From: N.Vancouver.B.C
Registered: Jan 2005

posted 03-04-2006 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 427Fastback        Reply w/Quote
Some cars are actually charcoal black. 68s have charcoal dashes (the metal parts) and doors.The 69SCJ had a charcoal steering column.

Cory

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68 Fastback 427MR 4 spd.Deluxe interior,8000 tach,140 speedo,am/fm,tilt.

mellowyellow
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Posts: 8198
From: So. Fl.
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 03-04-2006 10:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow        Reply w/Quote
By 66, the gov was getting into safety(with spear steering columns?) Dashes seemed to be duller than the metal on the doors. 66 was when they started to have dull wiper arms.

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