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Old 10-16-2011, 09:01 AM   #1
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How to remove chrome on gear selector on 08-11.

This is a how-to on removing, painting and installing the chrome accent piece on the gear selector on the Ford Focus 2008-2011. I had already done this to see if it would work thus the reason mine is black. I used Krylon for plastic, (opt. Kyrlon clear coat,) and a 3/16X3 flathead to pry.



Removal
Step1. Set E-brake, turn car one slot before ignition and put vehicle in Low. Reason being it give you the most room for the following steps.



Step2. Wedge flathead or similar device under front portion of piece and pop it up.



Step3. Pull up on entire piece; if you just grab and yank it will break.

This is what it looks like without the peice



Painting

I just cleaned the piece, and two coat black (Opt. and two coats clear let dry.)

Installation
Step1. MAKE SURE IT IS DRY
Step2. Insert bottom portion of piece in to handle
Step3. Once you get the bottom in smack the top to get the clip to engage.

Itís a really simple and inexpensive mod, go have fun, you can figure it out.


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Old 10-16-2011, 09:08 AM   #2
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Thanks for this step-by-step of the removal ... the way I was thinking to do it, I think I would've broken something ... lol









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The S had black handle, so can always get one of those from salvage parts or new stock.
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So thats where I saw it... I saw a FOFO the other day and I thought they painted it.
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nice. do you have to sand it down or anything for adhesion?
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nevermind that last question haha... could I use blue latex brush on paint as opposed to krylon for plastic spray paint?
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nevermind that last question haha... could I use blue latex brush on paint as opposed to krylon for plastic spray paint?
I have no idea, I just had Krylon on hand so thats what I used, but I guess anything oghta work.
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It turns out you can dip chrome plated plastic in bleach and it strips off all the chrome, and there's a chance that there could be shiny black plastic underneath like on the Mach HID lights. There's a thread about it in the first gen forums.
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Eh, Im gonna wait and see someone else do that last mentioned method because once you take off the chrome there's no going back!
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