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01-26-2013 05:39 AM
Ma-fia Hi guys! Thanks for all the nice words and help. It got somewhat crazy before the final departure day, so I only kept up with business e-mails, nothing else.
I'm already in Italy. The car's on the boat to Italy, sailing as we speak.

I used SEM. It seems to stay pretty good on the vinyl. I've had it on the doors for over 2 years no problem. Scratches real easy on plastic. But anyway, DIY-paintjob is always DIY paintjob - you have to be careful with it. Unfortunately as far as vinyl spray, SEM was the only choice for me, 'cause they were the only one who had this dark shade of cream/tan. It dries out within minutes and stays on well.
I resprayed all plastic pieces (except for the dash, which you don't touch much anyway) with Krylon - brown hammered finish. That seems much better. The pics don't show it on the doors, those pics are from before the re-spray, but you can see that color on other plastic parts. I decided I wanted it all as perfect as I could get it, so I drilled out the door handles and the pockets on both doors, and after spraying them brown, fitted it back with screws. Worked out very well. Did the same thing with pockets on the side panesl to the right and left of the pass. seat. That was even easier to drill out.
You probably noticed - I'm anything BUT conventinal. Don't know anybody else who would buy a new car with 16" wheels, and immediately stick 14" on it. But I figured - I like the looks, tires cost heck of a lot less, so who cares what everybody else's doing, right? I've also used tan regular spray pain on the headliner. It turned the color just enough for it to go well with the overall color scheme.

Big Body
I sure wish I knew what "well" means (no irony here). I couldn't find any "sticking promoter" for car plastics or for vinyl, so, I just wiped everything with alcohol twice, sprayed it and prayed for the best. :) Have you done anything like that? Can you share any details?

Appreciate the tip! I managed to put everything in place, and the seat-belt-bolt cover pieces were the last ones. I just threw them into the glove compartment.

Currently I'm investigating the taillights: I will have to replace them, since the rear turn signals have to be yellow as far as I know. Considering 2 options:
1)Popping in taillights from a European model. In European Foci the reverse is on the rear bumper, so that would involve replacing connectors on the car's harness, doing some re-wiring, and fitting reverse lights on the bumper.
2) cutting out some plastic on original lights and fitting in pieces of yellow plastic.
Haven't decided yet, what's easier. Need to consult a body shop guy (I know a real good one locally) and the DMV inspector who would do the inspection for the registration.
12-24-2012 01:21 PM
Big Body First off, I love the colors. I really like what you've done, if the parts are painted well they should last at least a few years or more.
12-21-2012 01:39 AM
GreySkorpion Small piece looking down to floor board on drivers side seat.

12-20-2012 11:50 PM
Blue5ive That color looks pretty good. What paint did you use?

I'm in the slow process of converting my interior color from the crappy light gray. Doing a traditional black with some other accents. Tried the SEM Landau black which looks good but scratches easily. Was kinda disappointed cuz they made it sound like their paint was great especially since its so expensive. I will say on the softer vinyl parts of the door using the SEM paint does not result in the paint becoming tacky/sticky to the touch after a few days like it did with Krylon Fusion. That's a problem I've heard of happening when painting vinyl. Speaking of Krylon Fusion it does seem to be tough as hell on the regular plastic pieces and no stickiness. No pics of mine yet as plans and materials are up in the air atm.

Plastic pieces are as they said above.
12-20-2012 04:46 PM
GreySkorpion The small pieces go where the seatbelt bolts to the floor board area (front seatbelts) I would take a pic, but its 20 degrees out....
12-15-2012 08:50 PM
Trav-E2.0 Here in Mesquite saying hello
12-13-2012 03:48 PM
12-12-2012 01:25 PM
Ma-fia I thought I posted a reply yesterday, but I don't see it. So let's try it again.

I WOULD like to meet some people (working on it), but I'm not sure I'm starting a meet. I'm more of a go-along person, than events starter....

Had to go to a junk yard for some bolts, and also looked up how the "big pieces" are clipped on. So that's all done. All the seats are in the car.
12-11-2012 01:04 PM
SVTisRight4me are u wanting to start a meet?
12-11-2012 09:40 AM
Ma-fia Re: big pieces - front or back?
That's what I thought - on the rails, but how do you clamp them on? Should there be another piece to hold them? I tried it every which way with no luck so far.
It should be the same for 3-door, 4-door, and 5-door Focus, right? Maybe another trip to the junk yard could clarify this.
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