First, our American Craftsmen here at Rhino Fabrication use no silicone in our shop what so ever. The absence of silicone helps keep the surface of the vinyl free of nasty stuff that could possibly screw up your attempt at a great color change on the padded dash you purchased for your classic vehicle. With that being said, remember that by now you have probably opened the package from Rhino Fabrication containing your new dash pad. In doing so you have slightly contaminated the PVC skin surface you will be wanting to color. Don’t panic, this is one of the reasons that we suggest you clean the pad thoroughly so that those finger prints containing lotion, hand cleaner or other strange substances don’t show up later on the finished replacement dash pad.

Keep in mind that the products you will be using for this color change are far different than what you may have used 20 years ago and the results will also reflect the newer more advanced materials on the market today. Color change on vinyl and plastic was at best very poor in the past, but today it is an easy, and can be a very successful process that does not need to cause you anxiety and frustration any longer.

If you get to a point where you have a question, call me. I don’t mind answering a few questions rather than have you ruin your beautiful dash pad during installation.

Good luck,

Tim
Owner / Rhino Fabrication

You will need the following materials to make your color change:

You also will need some patience and finesse to achieve quality results. This is not a difficult procedure, but like anything else the amount of effort you invest will be apparent in the end result.

You may choose to use a SEM neutral color such as Palomino, as your first color coat to reduce the number of color coats that are required to achieve your finished look. Some color transitions from black are difficult. The neutral coat sometimes allows for fewer color coats in the application process. Too many coats will fill in the grain detail and ruin the cosmetic appeal that we have worked so hard to deliver to you. Remember, you will most likely be the one staring at the parts you install so spare no effort or expense.

You may have heard me say it before but prepare your Rhino Fabrication Classic Parts in a comfortable, clean environment. Ok now on to the process of color change.

The following is the method that we have found works for us. Do your homework by viewing various methods and decide which method of prep and application you are comfortable with.

Clean the surface with a wax and grease remover, you can get something like DX330 by PPG, SEM Soap #39362, or use a mild detergent that leaves no residue after use.

After you have cleaned the surface and it is completely dry you should apply a very light coat of SEM Adhesion Promoter #39863. This is a clear spray that softens the surface so that the color spray will attach itself deeply into the substrate or ABS surface. I prefer SEM products because of the spray patterns and the consistency they offer. You may choose another product other than SEM that you are comfortable with. There are multiple manufacturers of color spray on the market; I’m simply stating what I prefer. Let the Adhesion Promoter tack out and while slightly sticky apply a second light coat. Don’t allow the prep spray to run or sag.

Now is the time for you to decide if you wish to use a neutral base coat to help with your color change process. If you choose a base coat, now is the time to apply that. I have talked to customers that use a neutral base coat and some that have only used the finished color after the Adhesion Promoter. Excellent results have been achieved either way.

When your second coat of Adhesion Promoter or neutral color coat has tacked out apply the first coat of color. This will be a mist coat only, remember we are building coats slowly and filling in the color as we build. Do not attempt to achieve a color change in one or two coats. It may take a few or so depending on the color you are trying to achieve. As each coat tacks out apply another over the top. You will begin to see the coats fill and blend to each other. Each coat gets a bit heavier and nicer to look at. If you continue to do this procedure you will end up with a really nice looking end result. After you get the color match that satisfies you allow your new Rhino Fabrication products to cure at least overnight in a warm 68-70 degree climate. This will allow the color product to off gas the solvents in the dye applied and dry completely. The last thing you want to attempt is to install a colored part that is not cured completely and create scratches in the surface during the installation process.

Although we have not determined final color cross matches for all vehicles we have a few suggestions. Our customers have told us that SEM “Portola Red” part #15363 is a very close match for “Rangoon Red.” In addition if you’re looking to reduce the sheen of a black dash pad or a black ABS panel we suggest SEM “Landau Black” part #15013. Landau Black leaves a rich and beautiful finish to compliment your beautiful interior.

Remember this: Do not allow the pad to sit unsupported or in the sunlight prior to installation. These pads are very stable after they are correctly installed but if not well cared for before the install, they will distort terribly. Even leaving one of the pads on the workbench by a window can prove disastrous. The foam wants to go one way and the vinyl always wants to go the other. This is the reason that during installation of your Rhino Fabrication Dash Pad the complete perimeter of the pad needs to be secured using adhesive and or mechanical means.

First, our American Craftsmen here at Rhino Fabrication use no silicone in our shop what so ever. The absence of silicone helps keep the surface of the vinyl free of nasty stuff that could possibly screw up your attempt at a great color change on the padded dash you purchased for your classic vehicle. With that being said, remember that by now you have probably opened the package from Rhino Fabrication containing your new dash pad. In doing so you have slightly contaminated the PVC skin surface you will be wanting to color. Don’t panic, this is one of the reasons that we suggest you clean the pad thoroughly so that those finger prints containing lotion, hand cleaner or other strange substances don’t show up later on the finished replacement dash pad.

Keep in mind that the products you will be using for this color change are far different than what you may have used 20 years ago and the results will also reflect the newer more advanced materials on the market today. Color change on vinyl and plastic was at best very poor in the past, but today it is an easy, and can be a very successful process that does not need to cause you anxiety and frustration any longer.

If you get to a point where you have a question, call me. I don’t mind answering a few questions rather than have you ruin your beautiful dash pad during installation.

Good luck,

Tim
Owner / Rhino Fabrication

You will need the following materials to make your color change:

You also will need some patience and finesse to achieve quality results. This is not a difficult procedure, but like anything else the amount of effort you invest will be apparent in the end result.

You may choose to use a SEM neutral color such as Palomino, as your first color coat to reduce the number of color coats that are required to achieve your finished look. Some color transitions from black are difficult. The neutral coat sometimes allows for fewer color coats in the application process. Too many coats will fill in the grain detail and ruin the cosmetic appeal that we have worked so hard to deliver to you. Remember, you will most likely be the one staring at the parts you install so spare no effort or expense.

You may have heard me say it before but prepare your Rhino Fabrication Classic Parts in a comfortable, clean environment. Ok now on to the process of color change.

The following is the method that we have found works for us. Do your homework by viewing various methods and decide which method of prep and application you are comfortable with.

Clean the surface with a wax and grease remover, you can get something like DX330 by PPG, SEM Soap #39362, or use a mild detergent that leaves no residue after use.

After you have cleaned the surface and it is completely dry you should apply a very light coat of SEM Adhesion Promoter #39863. This is a clear spray that softens the surface so that the color spray will attach itself deeply into the substrate or ABS surface. I prefer SEM products because of the spray patterns and the consistency they offer. You may choose another product other than SEM that you are comfortable with. There are multiple manufacturers of color spray on the market; I’m simply stating what I prefer. Let the Adhesion Promoter tack out and while slightly sticky apply a second light coat. Don’t allow the prep spray to run or sag.

Now is the time for you to decide if you wish to use a neutral base coat to help with your color change process. If you choose a base coat, now is the time to apply that. I have talked to customers that use a neutral base coat and some that have only used the finished color after the Adhesion Promoter. Excellent results have been achieved either way.

When your second coat of Adhesion Promoter or neutral color coat has tacked out apply the first coat of color. This will be a mist coat only, remember we are building coats slowly and filling in the color as we build. Do not attempt to achieve a color change in one or two coats. It may take a few or so depending on the color you are trying to achieve. As each coat tacks out apply another over the top. You will begin to see the coats fill and blend to each other. Each coat gets a bit heavier and nicer to look at. If you continue to do this procedure you will end up with a really nice looking end result. After you get the color match that satisfies you allow your new Rhino Fabrication products to cure at least overnight in a warm 68-70 degree climate. This will allow the color product to off gas the solvents in the dye applied and dry completely. The last thing you want to attempt is to install a colored part that is not cured completely and create scratches in the surface during the installation process.

Although we have not determined final color cross matches for all vehicles we have a few suggestions. Our customers have told us that SEM “Portola Red” part #15363 is a very close match for “Rangoon Red.” In addition if you’re looking to reduce the sheen of a black dash pad or a black ABS panel we suggest SEM “Landau Black” part #15013. Landau Black leaves a rich and beautiful finish to compliment your beautiful interior.

Remember this: Do not allow the pad to sit unsupported or in the sunlight prior to installation. These pads are very stable after they are correctly installed but if not well cared for before the install, they will distort terribly. Even leaving one of the pads on the workbench by a window can prove disastrous. The foam wants to go one way and the vinyl always wants to go the other. This is the reason that during installation of your Rhino Fabrication Dash Pad the complete perimeter of the pad needs to be secured using adhesive and or mechanical means.

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