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Offline marcusd666

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Restoring old interior plastics.
« on: November 04, 2017, 12:23:52 PM »
Hi Guys, Not been around for a while but hoping to back into my FD after watching this video Review of the RX-7 and seeing how clean the interior was I was thinking its time to redo mine.

At the moment I have the sticky back fake carbon covering on the heater controls, drivers door switch console and center gear stick console. I know that when I peel back the covering its most likely going to wreck the original plastic rubber covering.

So my question is whats going to be the best way to remove the crappy rubber coating and then repaint the plastic?

I have looked at replacing with second hand parts but they are just as rough.


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Re: Restoring old interior plastics.
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2017, 10:01:27 AM »
Hi Marcus

I found the best method is to sand all the parts smooth, can be painstaking doing it by hand but yields best results. An orbital will work but make sure you keep it moving so it doesn’t melt the part with the heat. Once sanded off move up in grit on the sandpaper just to minimise any large scratches left by the coarser grit. Once that’s done wash the part in warm soapy water and dry thoroughly. But a high quality plastic primer, of your part has minor imperfections get a high build primer so that you can build a nice layer and sand down any high sports to fix the imperfections. After a few coats of this, wet sand with 600. Clean and dry. Then a apply a high quality ‘texture’ paint. Gives the nice crinkly oem look. Few coats and done. You can leave like this if you like the Matt look. If not find a nice clear lawyer with uv protection and finish off.

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Re: Restoring old interior plastics.
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2017, 10:39:20 AM »
depending on the type of plastic this method can be quite effective