painting top of cowl/dash

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    TX79Z28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I am getting ready to paint the metal part of the dash, probably going with the SEM black. I am not concerned with factory correct, but looking for ideas for the top of the cowl area, from where the dash stops to the firewall. Should that be body color, satin black, flat black? I am painting the car either white or hugger orange, so I don't think it would look good when looking down on it through the hood slits

    Wondering what others have done, and maybe pictures of different approaches to this?
     
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    Satin black looks best. Unless the engine bay is body color, then match it.
     
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    Mine was done in summit's SS hotrod black.Whatever you want is what it is.Coing to have that black factory screen up there though when she's done,plus the wiper arms and bumpers.
     
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    Can anyone post pics of the top of the cowl done in body color (other than black)?
     
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    I can post mine (body color). Do not clear coat it with Satin/ gloss! You want it flat/matte to cut down on shine. The gloss will reflect into the windshield when you are driving in the sun.

    When my car was painted they accidentally forgot and glossed it, then before I had even seen it, they told me they would eat the cost to fix it bc they it would be a problem later down the road.
     
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    That would be great. I was planning on painting the dash part with SEM (can't remember the name) and I believe it's satin. I would imagine the "flat" part below where the wipers sit should not be critical as far as glare...or am I not thinking straight?
     
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    My dash was already painted when I bought the car. It's body color, gloss white. I can say that on sunny days I get a good amount of glare off the dash on the windshield. Sunglasses take care of most of it but sometime you gotta kind of look around the glare spots.
     
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    I'm mainly talking about too cowl area, in front of dash
     
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    I had the firewall painted body color and the dash done in satin black

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