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How to Restore Runabout inside plastic panels?
« on: September 30, 2013, 08:58:44 PM »
The Runabout let a lot of light in the rear. The plastic on lining in the passenger/trunk area took a lot of sun, faded, and chipped.

You really cannot paint or restore these surfaces. How can I pretty them up? I was thinking about laminating some vinyl to them, but there are a lot of compound curves to do this.

I am making my 1973 pristine, and this is the one dress-up problem I cannot seem to solve.

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Re: How to Restore Runabout inside plastic panels?
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2013, 10:08:48 PM »
I repainted a late 70's Camaro interior for a customer with the same problem. What I did was sand the "dead" plastic off of the panels. Then I sprayed a couple coats of rocker panel anti-chip from about 1-1/2 feet away (available in rattle cans from most auto parts stores). Experiment on a scrap piece until you get the hang of it. This gave it a course pebble like finish. Not the exact texture but fairly close and a lot better than flaking plastic.
After that you can repaint the panels to match the rest on the interior.

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Re: How to Restore Runabout inside plastic panels?
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2013, 12:31:36 AM »
Lots of products made for the job, such as:


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Re: How to Restore Runabout inside plastic panels?
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2013, 08:09:23 AM »
That's what I was planning to do with the side panes in my wagon, never thought about the "rocker panel anti-chip " though, good idea.
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Re: How to Restore Runabout inside plastic panels?
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2013, 05:50:40 PM »
I repainted my interior with aerosol paint I got at the hard ware store and it came out great