: interior paint worries
Im going to be doing some painting this next week, and im having some worries. the how-to here at focusfanatics is getting me all antsy, im worried im going to break the clips or something. I guess i just want to know if getting all of the pieces out is as hard as the guide says, I REALLY dont want to break anything. I think im going to do the vents, that bezzel around the guages, and i was thinking about the center console around the stereo, but i cant seem to find anything on how to remove it. Thoughts/comments?
03-01-2004, 05:20 PM
Can't help you with the stereo surround part, though I'm sure there's a site somewhere... or try a search of this forum or the archives maybe. But I have removed all four vents and the black piece surrounding the gauge cluster, and it's not a big deal. The vents are especially simple to do, just press and pull them. And as long as you make sure all the screws are undone and you disconnected the hatch release (if you have a hatch) the gauge surround's pretty sturdy too. Just take your time, you'll feel it give when you get the pieces out.... and good luck!
Oh, and if its cold where you live, probably can't hurt to run the heat for a couple minutes, through the vents. No sense in pulling on frozen-hard plastic if you have the option of getting them a little warm first!
03-01-2004, 10:01 PM
To remove the radio bezel, you first have to remove the radio. There are 4 bolts just inside the opening that hold the bezel on. After that, it is just some gentle tugging as I recall.
It is not hard to pull those parts to repaint. You can usually get them pretty cheap on E-bay. If you are that worried, buy some vents and such on e-bay and paint those. Remove yours and sell them. That way you may spend a few bucks, but have peace of mind.
I think you just need to decide wether or not to do it. If you want to, just jump in and try. Stop worrying. If you try enough things on your car, eventually you will break something. The trick is to break something cheap or that you can fix!
03-01-2004, 10:44 PM
I'm looking at doing this too. Let us know how hard it is when your done
03-01-2004, 11:19 PM
I'd be sure to sand the radio surround down really well, if it's the silver rough one. The texture probably would make it a pain and a half to get the paint to stick. Good prep will make your life so much easier!
Get us some pictures if you go through with it, what color scheme are ya going with?
thanks for the tips guys, ill probably start on saturday or sunday. im just going to go with yellow to match my car. ive heard krylon paint and clearcoat recommended, can i find this at local auto parts stores?
03-02-2004, 11:12 PM
If not auto parts store, definitely Home Depot or Lowe's. I used Duplicolor from Autozone and it worked great too.
03-03-2004, 09:54 AM
it was not hard at all. if you have one of those flat heads for glasses(really small ones) then that would be great. I sujest you tkae your time with the first one and get a grove going. for me once I knew what was conected to what it took a few minutes to do the rest.
03-03-2004, 07:12 PM
Here is a pic of mine. It was VERY easy to do. Really can add character to your car too. I stayed away from the louder colors, but as long as it suits your taste have fun with it.
03-03-2004, 07:13 PM
Oh, I am not sure I mentioned what paint I used. Duplicolor wheel paint. Very strong with a nice metallic flake in it.
03-03-2004, 07:23 PM
yep ive actually done this twice and about to do it a third time just cuz i saw how easttexfocus's looks silver and i think ill be doing that. as for breaking clips and such dont worry about that as long as your not Yanking it then youll be fine. tug softly but firmly.
thanks guys, ill definately check out that duplicator paint too.
one last question :)
did you guys sand down or prime the stuff before you painted it, or does the paint stick right to the plastic surface after a good cleaning?
03-03-2004, 10:50 PM
I sanded all the pieces down with a really light (I think 2200) grit then wiped them really good with Acetone-based nail polish remover to clean off any sandings and get the surface good and clean. Then let it dry a few seconds, and I did 2-3 coats of color followed by 2-3 coats clear. I gotta get some pictures, maybe tomorrow... I'll post when I do.
03-05-2004, 03:14 AM
in regards to interior work. i dont like hte idea of paint the dash cause its a high traffic area. but the pic posed above of eastex's car is nice. but what i got planned it a nice allumin or cf package if i found the right price with everything im looking for. and you know the a-pillars? and the trim thats where the seat belt adjuster and goes around the brim of the ceiling. well paint that black. and clear it 3 times. hehe pretty.
i finshed the painting about an hour ago, im going to let everything dry for probably another hour to avoid any dings or anything. here are some pics!
here are two pics of the dash with everything ripped out:
all of the materials:
after 2 coats of paint:
after 3 coats of clearcoat:
Ill post finished pics in another thread when im all done
03-07-2004, 06:13 PM
gee, everything is soooo.. yellow!
glad you like it and that it worked out for you!
and by the way happy belated birthday! [;)]
03-07-2004, 06:28 PM
hey easttex i have a question for ya. on the gauge bezel you have painted silver there how did you paint inside the little tray part? that part is kickin my a$$.
i actually taped that little tray off on the inside. the black really sets the rest of the yellow off so its not too overpowering.
03-07-2004, 08:08 PM
Nice job maul! It is very yellow, but then so is your car... sounds like it worked out well for you, see not that bad at all![:)]