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Old 03-23-2012, 12:52 AM   #81
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Doing this on Saturday.
good luck. just have patience and you'll be good.
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:47 AM   #82
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Thanks. I'll post pics.
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:09 PM   #83
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hmmm i like, but my center console is grey... would it work on that?
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:04 PM   #84
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^^ ya i'm thinking of doing my center console too.... I just hope it would flow with the rest of the grey interior...
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:11 PM   #85
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^^ ya i'm thinking of doing my center console too.... I just hope it would flow with the rest of the grey interior...
Did on my grey center console and still have the coating on my grey euro tray - flows just fine.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:13 PM   #86
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^^Awesome and you also still have grey bottom part of dash? Any pics? I got black ebrake and shift boots already, so that will match.
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:09 AM   #87
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hmmm i like, but my center console is grey... would it work on that?
...i saw the pro-kit from PLASTI DIP to mix colours with colourless fluid. There are the basic colours paints that You can mix...in Your case white with just a little bit black paint, so You will make a grey paint.
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:02 PM   #88
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Great write up, thank you.. I plan on doing this tomorrow. For $6 it will be better than what I have now.

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Old 06-24-2012, 08:14 AM   #89
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Great write up, thank you.. I plan on doing this tomorrow. For $6 it will be better than what I have now.

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Good Luck Beau! $6 and you can't go wrong!
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:47 PM   #90
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I've been planning on doing this. Trouble is, my local home depot, autozone, and target do far haven't had it or even heard of it. I'm checking sears today but think I'll have to just order it off the Internet.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:36 AM   #91
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:18 AM   #92
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Awesome DIY. Will do this after school term.
My car interior was scratched badly by a dog. Woof woof
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:37 PM   #93
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Looks great - I'm concerned about the longevity here - u think it will start to flake apart?
Yep, as far as i know i was the first one to respond to a DIY on refurbishing the interior trim I did mine about 8 months ago, and its all starting to peel again.
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Old 07-13-2012, 03:08 PM   #94
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Yep, as far as i know i was the first one to respond to a DIY on refurbishing the interior trim I did mine about 8 months ago, and its all starting to peel again.
Wait did you paint it or plastidip it?
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:41 AM   #95
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I think I've found a solution to all our problems. How to make that plasti dip rubber look a little more permanent. Im currently doing this myself and am taking pictures. Will post when completed. If you google plasti dip how to harden, you eventually come across a page about dudes and theyre custom choppers. We all know plasti dip is soft and peels easy. Well this guy painted (I'm sure he primered first but he didn't mention it) the color he wanted, applied the CLEAR plasti dip (this then opens op doors for a much wider range of color choice), allowed it to dry for 24 hours, then sprayed krylon matte clear. Supposedly, he said when attempting to peel off plasti dip, it wouldnt budge. He wasn't sure but felt the clear reacted with the plasti dip and hardened it, stating not to attempt this unless you didn't mind this being permanent. I wish i found this first. I will try and buy some krylon spray tomorrow. At the moment, I've already sanded down old bmw rubber center console, the large single piece up front between front seats.
I tried getting off as much as i could sanding with this sander i bought from harbor freight for $25 and by hand. I was a little impatient so i missed a little. (I defintitely shouldnt have but) i then sprayed clear plasti dip over) even after drying overnight but they were still a lityle too soffor me.Then i primered with 3 coats and just finished wet thrn dry sanding it. Tomorrow i will re sand what i missed and get it as smooth as possible. Then spray it black. Wait for the paint to dry. Once that happens spray clear plasti and krylon matte clear
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:56 PM   #96
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Doing this! Including the center council can't wait to make my interior look a little better! I will be trying to strip the old off though.. hopefully it will last another 10+ years.

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Old 08-30-2012, 05:48 PM   #97
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So yeah. I tried the clear coat trick. It definitely did the trick. Feels permanent alright. It still has that plasti dip rubber feeling but at the same time feels like a hardened version. I tried it on my sun glass compartment. I primered them painted it aluminum to match my trim. Then clear plasti dip. Allowed to dry for 24 hours and then clear coat. Its tougher alright. I just dont know if i want to purposely scratch it to find out. All i can say is you cant rub it off like before. It also seems to remove all this aluminum paint I'd have to sand it all down for sure.
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:51 PM   #98
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One more thing. I did put tape on to my sun glass compartment to test durability. I know that if you usually put tape on plasti dip then wait a bit before pulling it off it usually takes plasti dip with it. It didn't happen.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:07 AM   #99
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thankyou Delmarco for this interesting thread!

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Old 09-01-2012, 03:53 AM   #100
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Hey for some reason every time i do this the trims always has like strands of plasti dip like threads after it drys. What am i not doing right? Its not smooth.

Edit: Nevermind. I guess i found that i needed to lay on heavier coats and spraga bit closer.

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