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chopmgw
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I have a shitload of noob questions.
Having never restored a car before Im unsure what is the best way of tackling the restoration of some parts and whether its a case of chuck it out and buy new etc.

First up.
My interior was pretty much trashed when I got the car.
Originally it was lime/kiwi gold trim that has suffered 40 odd summers and is now bleached and burnt.
I want change the interior colour to black to suit the colour I intend to paint the car.
Originally I thought of trying to recover some of the items with vinyl, eg overhead console, sunvisors and rear seat inside panels (dont know what to call em). The condition is quite reasonable ,its just the colour.
After buying some vinyl, I then had a brainwave and thought about painting the vinyl.
So my first question is has anyone used vinyl paint and is it any good ?
Does it flake off ?
Has anyone tried recovering their vinyl and what was the results like.

More noob questions to follow.


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Michael I have no experience at this either but surely 40 year old seats can't be far away from splitting. I would just go all new if the money will stretch that far.


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I didnt actually mean the seats.
I have no problem buying new covers for them.
Perhaps I need to get a photo up to explain better.


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Went back and read the thread properly. It makes sense, just me skimming through things.

Sorry can't help with the vinyl paint question though.


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OK, this what Im looking at repainting.
Overhead console


Qtr panel interior


Plus small bits of plastic here and there.


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Those bits should be fine to use vinyl paint. I've seen stuff painted with it.
It doesn't seem to flake, but I'm sure it would rub off eventually. Not a big deal though really.

Why not buy some and try it on a piece you're not keeping and see if you like it.


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vynal paint or whatever paint you use for the body/dash is fine for those fibreglass parts, you can use a plastics primer for them aswell. As far as visors etc go. If you buy a full interior kit ( mustangs plus in the US have them for 500-600 usd) they come with all the seat trim, visors, roof lining door panels and carpet. Or you can buy locally for about twice the price without the hassel of import tax, gst etc


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You don't need vinyl paint, the rear 1/4s are steel, any paint will stick the the consol etc, Acrylic lac will work fine, on all of it. So get it tinted to the colour you need and spray them.


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Shaunp wrote
You don't need vinyl paint, the rear 1/4s are steel

They are on a 67 but not on a 68.
These ones have a vinyl covering.
It has made me think though.
If I remove the vinyl, will it have that textured metal underneath like the 67 ones.
That would make painting it a lot easier.


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Mike

As scott and shaun have said, The over head consol can just be painted.

Before you paint, get a scubbing brush and some "prepsol" (if thats what they still call it in Oz) and scrub in circular motions to get all the dirt/grime out of the grain in the plastic.

Then re clean after you have scrubbed with prepsol and a fresh clean rag.

You can do another wipe down after and if the rags stays clean on the 2nd wipe down with prepsol, its safe to say your ready to go. (this would work on your visor's aswell)

First coat you should do a dust coat only. I have used every day spray in what ever colour I have desired and have never had a problem. Some vinyl paints stay tacky in the sun for some reason so I have had a 50/50 result with that stuff so I have chosen not to use it.

I use a satin black when doing a black interior.

As for the rear quarter interior panels. I wouldnt paint them. I have found that no matter how clean you get them and the choice of paint finish, they allways come up shiny and tacky for some reason.

You could give it a crack and if it doesnt work, go to plan B and peel off a small section at the bottom where the rear seat would hide the peel back and see if it has a textured finish in the steel. If thats the case, rip it off and go for it.

With the steel, you can use use a wire wheel on a grinder but you dont push on the steel or stay in one spot other wise you will smooth and burn out the grain in the steel. Once finished, prepsol the surface, dust coat a chosen primer. wait then apply full coat of primer. wait till dry then apply chosen Hot pink colour (LOL)

If you want to go down the grinder avenue but a bit scetchy about having a crack at it, I can go and get a rear quater panel from Sunstate mustang and show you on a video how easy it is

Or if you have the cash, Go the whole kit

Hope that helps

Matt


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Further to matts advice,
and this is something that works excellant on the textured door finish as well,

throw the wire wheel in the bin and buy a 3M Clean and strip disc. They are plastic and give a similar result to plastic media blasting. about 20 bucks for a 7 inch one.....and get you minds out of the gutter girls..this one is serious mens business


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Thanks for the replies guys.
Helping a lot.
Now have more options.
Prepsol is a wax and grease cleaner right ?
Would thinners do the same job ?


Next question.
What do I do with these ?
I have 4 of them.
Looks to be only surface rust.
Some rubbers are torn.


A) chuck em out and buy new ones.
B) clean em up and put em back on
C) Clean em up and put new rubbers on them

What does everyone else do ?
God, someties I feel like a right noob. Argh


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jas24zzk wrote
throw the wire wheel in the bin and buy a 3M Clean and strip disc.

I have one I used on the textured finished of the doors.
Worked really well.


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Ok,
the rubbers you can buy.

Blasting is the best thing for those


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I have some rubber sheeting the same thickness and could cut my own using the old ones as templates but how would u reattatch them ?
The ones on mine are attatched with huge metal staples.


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