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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 31st, 00, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I need your help again. I am painting the dashboard on my 69 Z, and the dash color is black. I read on an earlier post that the dash bottom should be a semi-flat, or semi-gloss color. I agree with that, but what about the top of the dash? I seem to remember the top of the dash, (between the dash pad and the windshield), to be a sort of flat black. Is this because of sun-fade, or is it the same color as the bottom? I have also read that the top of the 69 dash was a "suede" color. If that's so, what color or shade matches that? Some previous owner painted the top gloss black, and it looks kinda funny. I want it to look factory correct. Any help on this? Thanks.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 00, 12:42 PM
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It's pretty funny, I posted the exact same question in the paint and body section a couple of days ago and got the same response. None that is. Mine is a 69 Z too with the same dilema. I think Chevy Hi Perf just restored the dash on a 66 Chevelle and they used gloss black. I have no idea how the 69 dash should look. I was thinking gloss for the front and semigloss for the top. I guess nobody has researched this topic yet, or we just missed the thread from 2 years ago.
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I just finished repainting my dash in my 69 SS396. I used GM reconditioning paint. It matches perfectly. This is the same color as the engine compartment gets painted. Hope this helps.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 00, 05:14 AM
 
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CRG doesn't have a consensus on this - meaning that we don't agree. We agree that the 69 used a suede additive that created a textured finish. However in 67-68 we've still got two camps - the suede camp and the semi-flat camp. Either way - it isn't gloss.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 00, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help guys. Looks like my memory was correct. It shouldn't be glossy.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 00, 05:51 AM
 
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I AM CURRENTLY RESTORING A 39K MILE 69 AND THE DASH APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN PAINTED THE SAME ON THE TOP AND THE BOTTOM WHICH WOULD MAKE SENSE. THESE WERE PRODUCTION CARS AND THE CARE WE TAKE TO RESTORE WAS NOT THE CARE THE FACTORY TOOK ON $3000. CARS. THE PAINT SHOULD HAVE BEEN LAQUER WHICH LEAVES A SEMI FINISH WHEN SHOT A CERTAIN WAY. I USE A BLACK BASE COAT SHOT AT 35LBS TO GET THE SEMI BLACK FINISH. LEAVE OFF THE CLEAR. THIS IS ALSO WONDERFUL ON INNER FENDERS AND FIREWALLS. TOUCH UP IS EASY WITH KRYLON SEMI-FLAT BLACK TOO. GOOD LUCK, THE CAMARO GUY, BRUCE.

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 00, 06:45 AM
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if this helps, i used a krylon spray paint,
#1613, semi-flat, and this color matches the chevy color very well. in fact i used it to blacken out my rear tail light panel also.

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 00, 07:48 AM
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I used a catalyzed acrylic enamel for durability. I asked the paint shop and they sold me Dupont Centauri pitch black (gloss) with a little flattener mixed in. It came out slightly satin and looks great!

It's tough as nails - the only negatives are cost (paint, reducer, and catalyst), the need to use a spray gun (along with masking), and the need for a respirator due to the polyisocyanurate gas it generates. However, you can use the same paint and process on other parts of the car and get the advantage of the high quality finish.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 00, 04:14 PM
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Be careful with a glossy paint in this area
because it will have a terrible glare on the
windshield on sunny days. I say stay with semi gloss or flat paints for best results.
My Corvette has bright blue interior and the
glare is very distracting when trying to drive on sunny days.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 9th, 00, 03:27 AM
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OK, now we're talkin'. I wonder if Eastwoods underhood black would do the trick.
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