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Have Snapper 1650 with plastic dash and control covers that are faded/worn from being outside in weather. They have some cracks, which I think I can glue/repair once off. Wondering if some majic compound to bring back the black color or if painting is only way? Will about any paint work or need special plastic type? It's not vynil, so thinking any paint should work w/out melting. Would you use flat, satin or gloss? Satin seems more likely I'm thinking, but maybe the Gloss would just dull after awhile and look OK?
 

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There is paint made only for plastic, Krylon Fusion, Rustoleum Plastic paint to name a few, vinyl paint works on plastic also, there are all kinds of plastic repair compound on the market but i do not make it a habit to repair plastic so my knowledge is a bit lacking in that area.
Hope this has helped.
 

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Tractorholic
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There's a post on here where a guy used his dash as a mold and made a new one of fiberglass. Hopefully you can do a search and find it.
 

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Red Tractor Nut & Diesel Addict
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Tweidman also built a brand new dash out of steel. It came out pretty nice too!
 

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I found that tire black does a nice job of bring back the color and shine. It is not paint but the stuff you spray to make your tire look like new.
 

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Red Tractor Nut & Diesel Addict
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I cannot find Todd's post about his metal dash build. I'll keep looking.
 

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I used the Krylon Fusion gloss on my MF1450 plastic 2 years ago. Still looks great.

I don't think there is any kind of miracle stuff that will bring it back to life. The sun baked it.

Here's a pic of what it looked like after painting. Still looks like that.

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Connoisseur of Rusty Junk
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With most cast-in-color plastics, a thin layer of oxidation forms on the surface. The sun can also fade the pigments, but I have found that if you lightly sand the surface, like you would to "rub-out" a paint job, you can restore some of the luster. It all depends on how deep the damage goes. There are several products on the market specifically designed for polishing plastics. The real trouble comes when the surface is textured to begin with. Not much you can do with it and maintain the original texture.
 

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I'm planning to paint the plastic hood nose trim and dash on my MF12 this spring. I bought a spray can of Dupli-color Adhesion Promoter. Has anyone tried this product? Glgrumpy mentioned a black dash so he might find that matching color in plasti coat. This primer I bought at Napa says to apply paint within 10 minutes of the final coat.
 

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I haven't, but would like to hear if it helps.
 

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