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Old 07-14-2017, 01:52 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried to remove the factory "soft touch" material and recoat with plastidip with success?
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:34 AM   #2
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Has anyone tried to remove the factory "soft touch" material and recoat with plastidip with success?
Lookup the interior dyeing projects, they do this to the centre console and ashtray trim, the process would be the same. The "dye" is better suited than plastidip. I refinished my centre console and ashtray this way, looks way better.

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Old 07-15-2017, 11:04 AM   #3
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Lookup the interior dyeing projects, they do this to the centre console and ashtray trim, the process would be the same. The "dye" is better suited than plastidip. I refinished my centre console and ashtray this way, looks way better.

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Ok cool! I already bought a new center console and ash tray trim but man it adds up quick!

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Lookup the interior dyeing projects, they do this to the centre console and ashtray trim, the process would be the same. The "dye" is better suited than plastidip. I refinished my centre console and ashtray this way, looks way better.

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Thanks Taylor, but have others tried to polish off the "soft touch" material and respray with PlastiDip? Seems like the two materials are very similar.

I removed my rear quarter panels and extracted the covers and have started to polish off the rubber coating. Even the bare plastic looks better but I would love to redo with plastidip. I guess I'll do it anyways but was hoping to hear if others have had good experiences going this route.
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I removed the coating from my center console and left it as just the bare plastic. I prefer it that way.
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I removed the coating from my center console and left it as just the bare plastic. I prefer it that way.
How did you remove it? Buffing with the felt polishing pad is effective but can be time consuming if the area is large like the center console.
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How did you remove it? Buffing with the felt polishing pad is effective but can be time consuming if the area is large like the center console.
Very hot water and one of these babies: https://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Brite-...eywords=sponge
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Very hot water and one of these babies: https://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Brite-...eywords=sponge
you just gave me an idea, I may try to steam it off. Seems like it would leave the surface underneath intact.
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Old 07-20-2017, 01:06 PM   #10
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Quick update, I was able to steam off the soft touch on the rear quarter covers and they actually look ok with just the plain plastic. I'll just keep these this way. But the rest of the parts I decided to bite the bullet and buy new pieces. I wanted this car to feel like new to me so that's the price I have to pay haha.

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