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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-04-2003, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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My inexpensive interior mods

Inspired by the latest Chrsler concepts and soon-to-be produced vehicles (Crossfire, Airflite, 2004 Durango), I thought I'd try this out. I had some left over Duplicolor from a touch-up I performed on my Durango. I was originally looking for metallic silver but this metallic Pewter matched the light brownish specs in my blue clothe interior. Turned out looking great!

This was a very easy mod that only took a couple of hours, most of it spent taping off the door pieces since I didn't want to go through the trouble of removing them. The front dash pieces popped right off. I then popped the directional vent pieces out to leave them black. The front pieces turned out best as I was able to get good paint coverage on them.

Here I wish I would have left the actual door pulls black to contrast the new color. I will go back and get the speaker grills, the face surrounding the radio and A/C controls (this pops right off), and maybe the door locks and shifter next. Don't forget to tape off the window switch and door vent! (Forgive the unclean dash and interior. I didn't realize how dirty things were until the camera flash revealed it!)



The small piece around the headlight switch popped off without having to remove the switch. The black looks good against the new paint. The sun is shining on the door piece here so it's hard to tell that it was painted. I also removed the oval plastic piece from around the instrument cluster and painted it.


Here's the back doors. Like the front doors, I taped these off without removal. Like I said before, I wish I would have left the door pulls black. I may go back and paint them black again.

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Nice job! You're right I think you should have kept some of those pieces black. You should also throw a layer of clear coat over the whole thing. I've been thinking about doing something similar.
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looks nice. very similar to what i did to my car. You didnt paint the vents too did you? That could definately give you some problems later on. The black handles work well but theyre a pain in the ass to put back together. Trust me. I removed everything before painting it and it came out well. And definately go with the clear coat to seal it off. Looks nice.
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Thanks for the compliments. No, I didn't paint the vents. They actually popped out of the backside of the panels. I just taped them off on the doors. I might be able to gently scrape the paint off the handles to make them black again. I WON'T be removing them to repaint - too much trouble! It didn't occur to me to put clear coat over the paint, even though I have some. Don't know if I want to go through the trouble of taping everything off again!
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looks good, nice to see something that dosen't cost mega-bucks, and looks nice.
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i dont see why you would tape them off.... most of those pieces pop out with at most 1-2 screws and a few clips. It took me like 1/2 a day to do my whole interior. Well, good luck with it.
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wow.....that looks very nice......
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That does look rather nice! I Don't think it would look so great clear coated though, I like the brushed aluminum look.
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Nice work, i did the same thing, just a little less metallic silver. I went all out and did the lower door panel the same color and hit the speaker grill, pull handles, and switch plate with the Indy Red body color. I also took apart the guage cluster and painted the bezel around the guages. It is really cheap to do, just have to have the patience and time to tape off all those things. That and making sure you scuff up the surface well so the primer sticks. You have to not mind driving around without door panels for a while. Fun way to make your friends struggle to get out of your car.
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Go with the clear coat bro...I have red black and silver. Red for the outter part of the vents and the bezel around the gauges....Silver for the vents themselves...also black for the dash...looks quite nice if i do say so myself...as soon as a buy my digital camera i will post some pics up on here...but for now you will all just sit and wonder :-p
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I'd like to see some other's pictures if they have some. I'm having a hard time envisioning the red paint.
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Seriously if you clear coat the silver it will look like cheap wanna be chrome and look bad and not match anything in the interior. If it were anything but a silver colour, yeah clear coat it. Spray something with that silver and clear coat it, then put it in the interior and see how it looks.

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Looks very nice man good job! Clear coat has it's ups and downs on an interior trim piece(s). Pros, things like sweat and grease from hands won't eat at the paint, and it would protect tha thard work from scratching, just for starters. Cons would be surfaces that are far too reflective in the sun.
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I thought of doing this many times in my car. I just can't get the balls to try it. I also was thinking of doing the trim pieces the same color as the body of my car. The only problem is I want a perfect match and the only way to do that is to get it mixed. Then I would have to have it professionally sprayed and that is too much messing around. I figure just spraying it with a close color that I can buy for cheap will be better. Still don't have the balls yet.
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im in the process of doing the same....white with blue handles/controls/vents. what kind of paint does everyone use for this? i am using some 'touch-up paint' that i bought from the auto store.
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