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Old August 25th, 2006, 10:52 AM   #1
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Finally Painted my Woodgrain...

I hated the woodgrain in my car, so I decided to paint it. I also had the gauge and A/c bezels sanded and painted, I hated the "texture" on it. They were sprayed with PPG black, and 2 coats of clear. I'm not worried about dust because I just changed my cabin filters (haven't seen dust in a long time) and I clean the interior... often. Here are some pics, let me know what you think.











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Old August 25th, 2006, 11:05 AM   #2
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very very sharp and clean. Props to you! I have been planning on doing similar.
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Old August 25th, 2006, 11:24 AM   #3
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That looks very nice. The black fits in perfectly as an accent on the tan/beige.
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Looks really good. I'm thinking about doing this......I was going to just source the lx/dx parts and swap, but you may have sold me on the paint idea.
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Old August 25th, 2006, 11:36 AM   #5
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wowow the paint job looks so clean - didju just use spray paint?
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Old August 25th, 2006, 01:14 PM   #6
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How do you go about removing that arm rest panel?
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Old August 25th, 2006, 01:37 PM   #7
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Thanks for the comments, always nice to hear some positive feedback. As for the questions...

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wowow the paint job looks so clean - didju just use spray paint?
I didn't use spray paint, these were done in the booth, with a gun. 2 coats of color, 2 coats of clear.

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How do you go about removing that arm rest panel?
You mean the piece on the door? If you do...

1. Remove the door panel from the door (if you want me to explain how to do this, let me know).
2. Disassemble all wire harnesses and light bulbs (Driver's side = ).
3. Remove the forwardmost 4 screws on the leather armrest (it sits on top of the trim).
4. Remove the 2 screws holding the trim to the door panel and carefully work it out of the door panel. There are 4 tabs which help to keep the trim piece secure, they are delicate, so be careful.

If you'd like, when I reinstall the passenger door I can make a quick DIY. My camera is dead right now, though.
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Old August 25th, 2006, 01:40 PM   #8
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Dang the leather in your interior looks flawless. Good job maintaining it.
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Old August 25th, 2006, 01:45 PM   #9
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This is what I wanna do...but I think I might just find the OEM black pieces from an accord without wood grain. I don't have a booth or a gun to spray these. Maybe I'll turn my garage into one...hmmmmmm

Nice work man!
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I didn't use spray paint, these were done in the booth, with a gun. 2 coats of color, 2 coats of clear.
The trim looks great! How much did this run you (labor + paint)?
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Old August 25th, 2006, 09:09 PM   #11
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look good!!! def doesnt look like spray paint. what a/c knobs r those?
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By the way, I forgot to mention that I would have had the clock bezel painted, but I want to buy a new clock first. So, once I get a new clock I plan on getting that sanded and sprayed, too. I think that will make the A/C bezel look perfecto.

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The trim looks great! How much did this run you (labor + paint)?
It ended up costing me $150 for eveything. It is pricey, but I feel like I have 7 brand new pieces in my car, so that is about $20 a piece. Not bad, I don't think. If I didn't get the A/C and gauge bezels sanded down, I think it would have been closer to $100. I had them bondo everything and sand it smooth... I'm very picky.

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look good!!! def doesnt look like spray paint. what a/c knobs r those?
Good ole V6P....

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^^thats what I thought!

ohh and you pay for what you get and the paint came out great!
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Old August 25th, 2006, 09:57 PM   #14
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ohh and you pay for what you get and the paint came out great!
Yes, I agree. I could have paid $30 and gotten dupli color spray paint and clear, etc. and done it myself. But I do not think I would have gotten the finished product I did. I'm glad I got it done the way I did, I'm very happy with it. I just picked up a few more hours at work to offset my costs

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Old August 25th, 2006, 10:06 PM   #15
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i think it looks really hot and super clean. great job. beeeaaauuuutiful.

buuut. personally i kninda htink your an idiot for ruining perfect woodgrain. that **** goes for crazy expensive on ebay. bu. still. love the work
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Old August 25th, 2006, 10:13 PM   #16
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buuut. personally i kninda htink your an idiot for ruining perfect woodgrain. that **** goes for crazy expensive on ebay. bu. still. love the work
It wasn't perfect, by any means..... it was wood grain!!! Just kidding, of course, but I see your point.
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wow ian that turned out pretty nice.

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Old August 25th, 2006, 10:32 PM   #18
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wow ian that turned out pretty nice.
Thanks, buddy!
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Man, I think im the only one that likes the woodgrain.
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Old August 26th, 2006, 03:25 AM   #20
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i did the same thing with my interior. i also painted the center console the (the wood grain around the shifter and stuff. the only thing is that i dun have a cup holder because mine broke (anyone selling one please let me know) i will post pics soon
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Man, I think im the only one that likes the woodgrain.

yes, yes you are
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Old August 26th, 2006, 09:20 AM   #22
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Man, I think im the only one that likes the woodgrain.
I just don't think it fit my car's personality. I only had 3 pieces of wood grain, so it didn't flow well in the interior. Also, when I think of wood grain I think of actual wood, not plastic, so it is not luxurious, at all.

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i did the same thing with my interior. i also painted the center console the (the wood grain around the shifter and stuff. the only thing is that i dun have a cup holder because mine broke (anyone selling one please let me know) i will post pics soon
I painted the center console too, the big piece, the cup holder and the shifter assembly trim. I didn't do the actual shifter assembly because I thought the contrast would be a nice touch. I will add some pics today, once my camera's battery is all juiced up.

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Old August 26th, 2006, 10:47 AM   #23
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Door Panel/Window Trim Removal DIY

Steverino, as promised:

(if you break anything, or the like, I am not responsible. Use this DIY at your own risk.)

1.
Remove the screw from behind the handle (it has a small plastic door which will most likely break after you open it, be careful and you might get lucky). Then, push the entire handle assembly forward until you hear it "unlock".

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Disconnect the door lock wire harness and the door latch (use a screwdriver to push the plastic tab back, and then push the latch up and out of its "housing"). Remove entire handle assembly.

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Remove the screw from inside the armrest pocket.

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Remove the triangle shaped piece of trim. It is held in by 2 clips which are very tough. Don't be afraid to use some msucle. I found that starting at the bottom right hand corner does the best job.

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Remove the plastic fastener. You will probably need a small flat head screw driver to pry it out, mine was in there pretty good. Don't forget to place a cloth under the screwdriver to protect your door panel.

6.
Starting underneath the plastic fastener start pulling the door panel from the door. It is in held by several plastic fasteners. Give it a good tug and they should release without a problem. Do not tug too hard though, there are still wire harnesses connected to the door panel.

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Disconnect the window wire harness (not pictured) and the 168/194 bulb from the door panel. Now the door panel is free from the door, lift it straight up and out. Place it on a towel, blanket or something soft so that you do not scuff the door panel.

8.
Remove the forwardmost 4 screws of the armrest. This will allow us to pull up the armrest in order to remove the piece of trim. When you have the door apart, you'll see what I am talking about.

9.
Remove the 2 screws on the trim, then simply pop it out. But be careful. As you can see, I broke 1 of the 4 tabs which help to keep it in the door panel. Just be delicate and work the trim out patiently.

Installation is reverse of removal.
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Very slick...nice upgrade...
I have the stick on wood trims that came with the car. Supposed to make the car look classier but I think it looks a little cheesy

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Old August 28th, 2006, 09:26 PM   #25
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Very slick...nice upgrade...
I have the stick on wood trims that came with the car. Supposed to make the car look classier but I think it looks a little cheesy
Thanks man. It would make the car look classy if it was wood, but, it is plastic that is supposed to look like wood.. not cool.
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Old August 28th, 2006, 11:30 PM   #26
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Is that an Alpine CDA-9835 headunit? If so, dont ever rid of it. Its one of thee best headunits that Alpine has built, having built in crossover, time correction, bass focus, and 5-band parametric EQ. I have one, and its sick. I love it. :-)
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Old August 28th, 2006, 11:58 PM   #27
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Is that an Alpine CDA-9835 headunit? If so, dont ever rid of it. Its one of thee best headunits that Alpine has built, having built in crossover, time correction, bass focus, and 5-band parametric EQ. I have one, and its sick. I love it. :-)
I love it, too.... in that way. Just kidding, but yeah, I love my radio and I don't plan on getting rid of it. I'm thinking about some new speakers, though.
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I bet it feels real good to look at your interior after a good detail. I think it came out very good.
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I love it, too.... in that way. Just kidding, but yeah, I love my radio and I don't plan on getting rid of it. I'm thinking about some new speakers, though.
You should be a rebel and pop up the HU and convert the LEDs to red
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looks good
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