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post #631 of 652 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 05:13 PM
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I don't know how OEM it looks but Im happy with mine. No where close to done yet though.
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Alcantara? Looks sweet! I wouldn't have minded deviating from stock looking there if it weren't for the seat belt covers, which were pain to get raw material to wrap around when I tried.

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Alcantara? Looks sweet! I wouldn't have minded deviating from stock looking there if it weren't for the seat belt covers, which were pain to get raw material to wrap around when I tried.
Thank you! I used suede cause it looks pretty similar to that and its cheaper . I plan on wrapping the rear belt covers at some point and using them to hold tweeters since I don't plan on putting the back seat in again. I still need to replace my seat belts, carpet, headliner, and seats before it starts to take shape. Currently waiting on a door panel from tbscshop because mine is warped.

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Alcantara is basically a fancy pants snob word for ultra-suede, close enough

I had to get new door panels as well, the 96 ones I put in a few years ago (to better match my old tweed seats) are all warpy on the tops too, I wonder if that's a common defect, as I never see that on 94/5s.

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Only my passenger side is warped, and I think its because of the constant sun reflection it got off the side view mirror day in and day out for the 12 years the car sat dormant. I tried to heat it and stretch it back but it was useless.

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And this is why I'm never changing my interior color.

... That and I'm already content with (aka overly invested in) its current configuration.

You do the illuminated headlight trim mod yet?
No. You get the outside temp to display automatically yet?

I was invested in the grey configuration- Tweed seats, Mark VIII visors and headliner trim, door panels, seat belts and buckles, console, etc. I converted it all over to full 96-97 medium graphite, with exception of the sail panels. Familiarity breeds contempt

Besides, I never cared for the two tone Tbird layout with the black bezels, which I only initially succumbed to match the cup holder console top, and later the SC handbrake setup and FR500 wheel, the latter which never looked right around the monochromatic Cougar parts when I tried it a few years ago, possibly buried in this very thread. Plus white on black looks awesome, plus all the factory black parts I've aquired are in better condition than some of the grey stuff it's replacing.

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So how am I spending this unseasonably warm weekend? Doing nothing productive, of course!


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What cleaning product(s) did you use?

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None, this was old undercoating removal, so not technically "cleaning". Plastic scrapers, some home made for the tighter areas, did most of the work, while STRYPEEZE paint stripper and paper towels were used to clean up the more stubborn chunks that wouldn't chip away - I dabbed the stripper on one paper towel, gently wiped an area, and immediately wiped the residue away with another clean towel. Didn't let it sit on the surface long enough to eat the factory paint, it melts the undercoat instantly.

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Did you use it on the liners too Matt? Looks good!

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No, but the liners aren't the originals, I just replaced them.

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Replaced them with clean originals, or is someone re-manufacturing them?

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Clean originals out of a junkyard.

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As nice as that SEM Landau Black looks..
I want to see some pics of what it looks like up against an 89-93 MN12 factory black plastic interior piece..

Basically if the color change is going to require the factory black pieces to be painted as well, just to match..

Maybe when you get further along, you can show some side by side comparison pics of that..

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Here you go sir.

Factory black on left, SEM on the right. I am spraying everything with the SEM but the kicks and sills are OEM black so if they scratch it won't be as noticeable.
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My final act for the heatwave. Buh bye ricer red






Should have done this in the first place, Duplicolor's cast iron engine paint is IDENTICAL to the factory finish used on these calipers new



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Buh bye ricer red
but I like my red calipers...

Anyway, really like what you did with the shock towers. Lord knows I need to do mine, maybe this week end if the weather holds up.

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Have you finished your battery relocation wiring yet?

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but I like my red
Anyway, really like what you did with the shock towers. Lord knows I need to do mine, maybe this week end if the weather holds up.
I'm pretty well in the minority with my dislike for calipers painted any color in the rainbow, so don't take it personally. I don't even like it on Ferrari and Porsche. I just regretted red from day 1, and wished I could find that original grey color in a high temp variety even at the time - the closest I found to my needs on the shelfs at the time was semi-gloss black, which I tried, didn't like, and stripped off to do the red, since at least that was a factory combo(a theme in my build).



Before you start stripping undercoating from yours be sure that the undercoating is willing to come off like it was on mine, assuming not all applications are created equal(depends on dealership/shop who applied it in the first place, when it was applied and what they used), mine would chip away in chunks if I accidentally bumped it with my ratchet handle over the years, and had it been bedliner solid I wouldn't have even attempted this. Even going into it on Saturday my initial plan was to simply attempt making what's there more clean and uniform... chipping away at the "loose" areas, and painting over the remaining area with black paint. As it turned out 90% of it were loose areas and the paint underneath was perfect.

The tricky part, I found, is that the factory paint color coverage turns into light overspray the closer you get to the upper control arm/spring perch area, especially the driver side in my case, so the undercoating seemed to bond a lot better to the grey sealer the factory paint is applied over, than the paint itself, where it just chipped/scraped away with no chemical assistance for the majority of the project. It took me maybe 6-7 hours total to do the passenger side, and that's including the trial and error approaches, and expected maybe half that time would be taken to do the driver side, and indeed, I had the lower frame rail area fully stripped within an hour, but the stubbornness of the coating in the upper areas probably exceeded the time spent on the other side.


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Have you finished your battery relocation wiring yet?
I'll post pics when it's done, I jump between tasks like whack a mole, so don't expect linear updates in this thread
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This is why I want to repaint mine
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My final act for the heatwave. Buh bye ricer red






Should have done this in the first place, Duplicolor's cast iron engine paint is IDENTICAL to the factory finish used on these calipers new



Hey Matt. Did you spray paint over your powder coated calipers or did you buy another set in raw metal? If so how did you prep them for paint.
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They were never powdercoated, the red was duplicolor caliper paint over the bare aluminum. I rust roughed it up cleaned them up and sprayed right over.
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