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Painting The Dash Defrost Vent with A Brush? by VanGTP5000
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I am trying to avoid removing my dash to access the bolts underneath that allow the removal of the defrost vent. I realize many will say that removing the dash is easy. This is not so in my case as my car has been modified significantly. I am thinking about just using a brush to paint it rather than spraying it while in position.

What do you think?

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Don’t the defrost vents pop right out? I tried a brush when I painted mine. It just gives a better coat if you spray paint it. If you’re gonna use a brush don’t use a cheap one, the nicer ones paint on much better.
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Don’t the defrost vents pop right out? I tried a brush when I painted mine. It just gives a better coat if you spray paint it. If you’re gonna use a brush don’t use a cheap one, the nicer ones paint on much better.


The bolts have to be removed from underneath.

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The grille is attached from the underside with 7 mm bolts.
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If its too hard to remove... a better choice than brushing would be remove what you can, tape everything off and spray it in the car. Sounds crazy but I did it on a whole dash on 79 280ZX and it turned out. Taped off the windshield, the gauge cluster, many small things. You have to be tedious and use a lot of tape and newspaper or plastic.

If you are just doing the defrost vents tape them off and spray. You could probly stand up some pieces of paper by sticking the edge down in the crack where the vent meets the dash too. I sometimes use a bed sheet to lay on large areas if I am worried about overspray.

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My first car was a 1975 Datsun 280Z.

Yeah I am concerned about overspray, which is why I am considering the brush alternative. The waffle grate just looks old and weathered. The frame around it looks great. I figured a brush on layer wouldn't be a problem on the grate part...

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To add a serious note, I would tape off the necessary area around the vent, plus the windshield. And instead of a brush, perhaps a sponge. I can picture paint dripping out of the brush with pressure applied and falling into the vent. Just an idea.
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For easier access... pull the windshield!
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Originally posted by 2.5:
I sometimes use a bed sheet to lay on large areas if I am worried about overspray.


[Shannon] : "Jason.... Do you know this black stuff is all over my new sheets"?
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Van,
I understand why you would be worried about overspray. The whit interior in your car is immaculate. If you are just doing touchups, you could consider a paint pen available at most hobby stores. Much less issue with drips, etc.
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Originally posted by viperine:

To add a serious note, I would tape off the necessary area around the vent, plus the windshield. And instead of a brush, perhaps a sponge. I can picture paint dripping out of the brush with pressure applied and falling into the vent. Just an idea.


I had been thinking about a paint pen from a hobby store. I see Tut just suggested that as well .
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Van,
I understand why you would be worried about overspray. The whit interior in your car is immaculate. If you are just doing touchups, you could consider a paint pen available at most hobby stores. Much less issue with drips, etc.


Tut,

Great minds do think alike! I had been in Hobby Lobby yesterday when I got the idea.

Thanks,
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For easier access... pull the windshield!


Not gonna happen Patrick...my car isn't a stock Fiero anymore.

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Originally posted by VanGTP5000:

Not gonna happen Patrick...my car isn't a stock Fiero anymore.


I wasn't exactly being serious.

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Left side done with a paint pen instead of a brush.





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