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Old 03-03-2017, 03:20 AM   #1
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Smile Dash trim

I've spent the last week or so doing research on anodized aluminum and how to simulate that cool blue finish you see on many third party accessories. Specifically wanted to do something with that bland plastic trim on the dashboard. Plasti dip was out because I wanted something permanent so that meant paint.

Krylon makes a really nice product called Metalcast that's basically a transparent paint with differing hues like red, gold and blue. Also if you really want this finish to last pick up some adhesion promoter. It's basically a clear primer that helps bond the paint to the surface. A good clear coat is also recommended.

Two coats of Krylon adhesion promoter.
Six light coats of Krylon Metalcast blue.
Four coats of Krylon matte finish clear coat.
10 to 20 minutes between coats.
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Old 03-03-2017, 06:44 PM   #2
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That looks great!!!
Thanks for sharing the "how to" as well!

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Old 03-04-2017, 02:43 AM   #3
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That definitely looks the the Cusco blue that's on my Cusco parts:

http://i.imgur.com/lJqV1PB.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/V2YkQ6P.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/2BlsScn.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/HNXo1Vl.jpg




I've never seen such a bright blue hue done on the interior of an XV Crosstrek. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-04-2017, 02:48 AM   #4
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Awesome. I love that Cusco strut bar. Maybe sometime this year.
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Old 04-01-2017, 02:35 AM   #5
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looks good!! i plan on carbon wraping my silver pieces!!
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Be sure to post some pics. ��
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Right on!! Going to wrap them tomorrow.
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