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    Posted: 01-January-2018 at 8:48AM
Has anyone come up with a good fix for plastic interior parts - like sport door panels, kick panels, and sail panels - that get gouges in the top layer of plastic over time? Any way to fill those area in before refinishing the panel?
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Sal, if you figure something out for this, please share it.  Short of having them redone by JustDashes, which would cost a small fortune, I don't know of any other way. 
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Originally posted by 72FordGTS 72FordGTS wrote:

Sal, if you figure something out for this, please share it.  Short of having them redone by JustDashes, which would cost a small fortune, I don't know of any other way. 

Actually I may have found something! Well, my brother may have to be honest, lol. He talked to his local paint and restoration supplier today, and the guy said that SEM actually makes a texture spray. So you sand the part down, fill in the big gouges, and then spray the part with the texture spray. Then you shoot your color. He said if done right, it looks completely original. 
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another idea i had on this very subject is could you sand off the loose degraded plastic, build back up with some sort of plastic epoxy and then lay a grained textured material over the top as it cures. when it dries you simply peel it up and leave the grained texture. They used to have a cheesy vinyl repair kit sold on tv years ago that was similar to this concept, but with time this should have improved greatly. I made a mold of the non skid pattern in a classic boston whalers floor and would use it as a pattern when i did gel/glass repairs in the non skid areas of whalers. when done right it was all but impossible to see the repaired area.


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Hmm, this seems like a good idea.  Sal if you end up trying this can you take pictures and post them here?  
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Originally posted by 72FordGTS 72FordGTS wrote:

Hmm, this seems like a good idea.  Sal if you end up trying this can you take pictures and post them here?  

Yep, definitely. I might try the process on my interior sail panels first to see how it comes out. But I've been talking to some friends over on the Mustang II page who've done it, and they say it works awesome if you do it right. 
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Originally posted by 72FordGTS 72FordGTS wrote:

Hmm, this seems like a good idea.  Sal if you end up trying this can you take pictures and post them here?  

Yep, definitely. I might try the process on my interior sail panels first to see how it comes out. But I've been talking to some friends over on the Mustang II page who've done it, and they say it works awesome if you do it right. 


I imagine it couldn't be a spot repair but you'd have to do the whole panel since the grain would be different then the faux leather grain the factory stuff has. Would look much better then the dried, scratched uv damaged plastic for sure.
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I imagine it couldn't be a spot repair but you'd have to do the whole panel since the grain would be different then the faux leather grain the factory stuff has. Would look much better then the dried, scratched uv damaged plastic for sure.

SEM also sells a 6 pack of square grain swatches, in 6 different popular patterns. So if you had a piece that you wanted to try to repair instead of redo completely, that would make it easy to reproduce the pattern. I'm going to get that as well, to play with a bit. 
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Originally posted by Power Surge Power Surge wrote:

Originally posted by MrSmog MrSmog wrote:



I imagine it couldn't be a spot repair but you'd have to do the whole panel since the grain would be different then the faux leather grain the factory stuff has. Would look much better then the dried, scratched uv damaged plastic for sure.

SEM also sells a 6 pack of square grain swatches, in 6 different popular patterns. So if you had a piece that you wanted to try to repair instead of redo completely, that would make it easy to reproduce the pattern. I'm going to get that as well, to play with a bit. 


didn't know they had that. I have used sem stuff a few times, always happy with the results. Clap
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