Painted A/C knobs.. etc...

krh2

Administrator
Well my control knobs were showing 6 years of wear so I decided to paint them.. They should have come black from the factory IMO.



Used 400 grit sandpaper, Krylon Flat black, and Krylon Flat "clear" coat to finish.. I like it.. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/001.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt023' />



Worn knobs........



















Done....







 

DClights

New Member
hey now this makes me have some questions. How do you paint the center. Once when I was doing some audio mod I scratched the temperature knob I was curious as to how to paint that but more so how to get it off with out breaking it. also any ideas on what to do when the leather of the steering wheel starts to fade. I have rough hands as a working young man and six years later there is two colors of leather on the outside of the steering wheel.
 

honeykeeper

New Member
[quote name='DClights' timestamp='1283128646' post='158237']

hey now this makes me have some questions. How do you paint the center. Once when I was doing some audio mod I scratched the temperature knob I was curious as to how to paint that but more so how to get it off with out breaking it. also any ideas on what to do when the leather of the steering wheel starts to fade. I have rough hands as a working young man and six years later there is two colors of leather on the outside of the steering wheel.

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Here's some info:



"[font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]Hey, I painted the dash pieces on my previous Titan and it was fairly easy. Are you wanting to paint the entire dash or just the various pieces to break the overall grey?? If you want to paint the dash pieces you just pull them off, prime, paint and re-install. Some just use spray cans but I prefer using a normal autobody gun if available. The dash pieces are already smooth so it is very easy. Be careful taking off the instrument cluster piece as you will scratch the plastic above the key switch. If you are talking about painting the entire dash you will need to get you a can of plastic promoter, 80 grit sandpaper, a gallon of high build primer and whatever paint you want. Remove the dash from the truck (which will be a long job), HAND scuff the dash with the 80 grit paper or scotch brite and spray the heck out of the dash with the high build primer to "fill in" the texture. (Polyester primer will work great from you local body shop). Dont worry about runs as you will be sanding all of them out. After your primer has dried, sand the primer with 600 grit paper to smooth it off. The primer will fill in the texture and leave you with a smooth surface to paint. Also remember that a painted dash is hell on the eyes becasue of the glare from the clearcoat."[font=verdana, geneva, lucida,]

 

krh2

Administrator
[quote name='DClights' timestamp='1283128646' post='158237']

hey now this makes me have some questions. How do you paint the center.[/quote]



I didnt paint the centers, I just painted the outer rings to match the centers.. You just pull off the outer rings, sand, mask, paint, clear coat, then clear coat again.



[quote name='DClights' timestamp='1283128646' post='158237']Also any ideas on what to do when the leather of the steering wheel starts to fade. I have rough hands as a working young man and six years later there is two colors of leather on the outside of the steering wheel.

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Might be too late for you Doug. What I use will maintain but not necessarily restore.. I put Aerospace 303 on EVERYTHING that is not metal or fabric. My black plastic is black like day 1 (wiper cowel for instance), My steering wheel is soft as a ...., my door seals are supple, my rear bumper topper looks like it is glossy black without an oily residue...... Trust me this stuff works! Expensive, but it works. My wife's wiper cowel on her Frontier and my neighbors Pathfinder are almost white for lack of maintenance. Yes, I maintain her truck but refuse to maintain cosmetic stuff.. Check this stuff out guys...... You will be amazed..... I know Mcg and Tom have to say a few...



http://www.303products.com/shop303/index.cfm/category/1/303-aerospace-protectant.cfm
 

scottsbro23

New Member
[quote name='krh2' timestamp='1283220054' post='158270']

I didnt paint the centers, I just painted the outer rings to match the centers.. You just pull off the outer rings, sand, mask, paint, clear coat, then clear coat again.







Might be too late for you Doug. What I use will maintain but not necessarily restore.. I put Aerospace 303 on EVERYTHING that is not metal or fabric. My black plastic is black like day 1 (wiper cowel for instance), My steering wheel is soft as a ...., my door seals are supple, my rear bumper topper looks like it is glossy black without an oily residue...... Trust me this stuff works! Expensive, but it works. My wife's wiper cowel on her Frontier and my neighbors Pathfinder are almost white for lack of maintenance. Yes, I maintain her truck but refuse to maintain cosmetic stuff.. Check this stuff out guys...... You will be amazed..... I know Mcg and Tom have to say a few...



http://www.303products.com/shop303/index.cfm/category/1/303-aerospace-protectant.cfm

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The leather on my steering wheel where my hand usually sits is really worn....doubt anything could bring it back to life....but for everything else, I need to get a hold of some of this 303 stuff.
 
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