How to Paint Dash Trim on a Ford

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How to Paint Dash Trim on a Ford
The dash trim pieces can easily be painted. (Car interior image by mashe from

The dash and dash trim on your Ford vehicle is exposed to almost constant UV rays that cause fading over time. The trim can also become scratched or scraped, causing the original paint to come off, which shows the black or grey colour of the plastic underneath. Learn how to paint dash trim on a Ford and you can repair these blemishes on your own. You can also customise your dash trim by painting it a different colour than the factory colour.

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Things you need

  • Plastic/vinyl soap
  • Gray scuff pad
  • Plastic prep cleaner
  • Rag
  • Adhesion promoter spray
  • Spray paint for plastic
  • Masking tape
  • Masking paper

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    Place masking tape and paper to cover areas around the dash trim that aren't going to be painted. Pay special attention to covering the CD player and other electronics. Use the plastic/vinyl soap to clean the dash trim. Use a grey scuff pad to scrub the soap all over the trim. Wipe all of the soap away using water and a rag. Be careful not to wet the rag too much or water can get on electronics or other parts.

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    Wipe the plastic prep cleaner onto the dash trim with a rag. Wipe in one direction instead of using circular or back and forth motions. Wipe until the prep cleaner is absorbed and is no longer visible on the dash trim. Spray adhesion promoter on all of the dash trim that is to be painted. Wait 15 minutes for the adhesion promoter to dry before moving on.

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    Spray 2 to 3 thin coats of paint on all of the dash trim that you want to paint. Hold the sprayer 6 inches from the surface and use light, even strokes. Use thin coats so that the paint doesn't run. Wait 10 minutes between each coat for it to dry and 6 hours before handling the area. Remove all masking tape and paper before the paint dries so the edges of the tape aren't painted and stuck to the dash trim.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't spray paint in a closed up car. Open all of the doors and roll the windows down. Park the car outside, not in a closed up garage.

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