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Interior Trim (shifter trim plate)
- Flexible surface primer ($6)
- Spray paint (paint code LY7W for light metallic silver)
- Clear coat ($5)
- *I picked up the first three from levine auto supply in
- kitchen sponge with scrubby side
- isopropyl rubbing alcohol
- very fine-grit sandpaper (i used 2000 grit wet/dry,
found at pep boys)
- masking tape (for manual transmission plate)
- vaseline or electrical tape (for tip plate)
Remove the plate from the car - it's clipped in, so just
pull straight up from "front" of the plate (near the e-brake). If you
have a manual transmission, remove the shift knob by unscrewing, then remove the
plate. After this, remove the shift boot and its surrounding piece by pressing
its clips towards the center of the shift boot (from the bottom of the plate)
and it should come right off. Thanks Yippers for the heads-up ;-)
Clean the thing off. Mine had some pretty nasty sh!t on it.
Remove the paint. This is the hardest and most manual process. You have to
remove that rubberized paint... I used a few paper towels and some rubbing
alcohol to strip it down to the plastic, then I went to town with the scrubby
side of the sponge. The scrubby side won't harm the plastic underneath, and even
if it does leave minor surface scratches, the wet-dry sandpaper can easily take
care of that. Scrub ALL of it off, and if you are not sure if it is gone from
certain parts, it's time to wet-dry sand. I used the rubbing alcohol as a minor
lubricant, but don't use too much otherwise the scrubber isn't abrasive enough
to remove the paint.
Wet-dry sand the entire area. This ensures that the rubberized paint is gone. I
didn't completely remove the rubberized paint, and god did my first spray of
primer look AWFUL. So make sure you get it all off!! Will save lots of time
Dry the area, and then mask off the chrome trim ring (manual) or the rubber trim
ring (tip). I used vaseline on the rubber trim ring.. hopefully the results will
be satisfactory ;-)
Once you're satisfied with your masking job, it's time to prime. I recommend
spraying somewhere with a LOT of ventilation. But do NOT spray anywhere NEAR
your car, or any other item of value that has a finish to it. The
primer/paint/clear coat sucks its way onto that stuff. I put two to three light,
even coats of primer on, waiting 20 minutes between coats.
Paint. I used four to five coats of base coat, waiting about 20-30 minutes in
between sprays. Wet-sand any overspray and allow to dry before spraying again.
Clear coat. I used three to four coats of clear coat, with 20-30 min utes
between coats. Nice, even light coats are better than one heavy coat.
Let it dry, and that's it.