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I extracted the console from the project car which has been in there since the car was manufactured. The plastic has not surprisingly changed colour and the inserts are pitted.

Tried to clean up the inserts but think they may be shot, usual story with pitting, not really repairable.

I will need to repaint it. Has anyone done this and what product/prep did you use?




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Have you thought about using the wood grain applique Craig?

The kit to do everything in the car is cheap as chips and it comes up a real treat, better than painting IMO. I cleaned up the metal inserts with metal polish and although they're still a little pitted, they looked great.


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ponyride wrote
Have you thought about using the wood grain applique Craig?

The kit to do everything in the car is cheap as chips and it comes up a real treat, better than painting IMO. I cleaned up the metal inserts with metal polish and although they're still a little pitted, they looked great.


yep I'm going with deluxe interior so I have the wood grain inserts, I can get new inserts repo for about $140, but I will try and clean them up like you suggest first.

The plastic looks pretty grubby even after a clean.


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Cruzn65 wrote
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Have you thought about using the wood grain applique Craig?

The kit to do everything in the car is cheap as chips and it comes up a real treat, better than painting IMO. I cleaned up the metal inserts with metal polish and although they're still a little pitted, they looked great.


yep I'm going with deluxe interior so I have the wood grain inserts, I can get new inserts repo for about $140, but I will try and clean them up like you suggest first.

The plastic looks pretty grubby even after a clean.


I wonder if molasses will clean it up... Poke


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Craig, can you take a decent close up of the plastic you want to clean..


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mikes68 wrote


I wonder if molasses will clean it up... Poke


No, but it will attract the flies ...... Wink2


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SPECT"]Craig, can you take a decent close up of the plastic you want to clean..


Sure mate will have a go after work tomorrow. You can see the discolouration in the wide pic, the centre section is correct and the sides are grubby looking even though clean. Sun damaged over 40 years I guess.


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Not really helpful for u cruzn65 but remembered seeing this earlier today www.gumtree.com.au/s-a...1012844229 for anyone else.


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I would just give it a really good clean with some wax and grease remover. Keep going until the cloth you're using stops turning brown and then paint it with some colour matched paint.


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Birchy here is a pic close up as requested....


Ric I used the Dremmel with small wire brush to clean up the inserts, this is a little of the before and after. I used Purple on the outside bits and it worked a treat.


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Found this reference as well for those interested...
Mustang Monthly console resto


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Cruzn65 wrote

Ric I used the Dremmel with small wire brush to clean up the inserts, this is a little of the before and after. I used Purple on the outside bits and it worked a treat.




Nice work. It is a sickness of mine I'm sure, but I like spending hours with an old toothbrush, fine steel wool and metal polish to clean up old chrome and stainless parts rather than buying new ones. It's not about saving money, I just get a buzz out of bringing things to life again. And they still have a little patina.


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ponyride wrote
Cruzn65 wrote

Ric I used the Dremmel with small wire brush to clean up the inserts, this is a little of the before and after. I used Purple on the outside bits and it worked a treat.




Nice work. It is a sickness of mine I'm sure, but I like spending hours with an old toothbrush, fine steel wool and metal polish to clean up old chrome and stainless parts rather than buying new ones. It's not about saving money, I just get a buzz out of bringing things to life again. And they still have a little patina.
hey rick spot on , i am the same, love just sitting in the shed radio on just spending time fixing something up .
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67fastysm wrote
hey rick spot on , i am the same, love just sitting in the shed radio on just spending time fixing something up .
shane


In that case get your sorry ass over here ....................... there is plenty to fix in my shed. Laughing


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Cruzn65 wrote
Birchy here is a pic close up as requested....



Yeah, it looks like UV damage on the top, so not much you can do about the colour without taking off the texture. Would have to paint it as suggested I think.
The side looks like tobacco staining, so should come off, but what you're left with under that is anyones guess.


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