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Old 06-07-2018, 09:18 PM   #26
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The plastic pieces I painted with SEMs Camel Color Coat are just a bit darker than the leather, but I would be afraid their lighter Palomino would be too light. I assume everything will take on its own "patina" as I treat the leather and the plastic pieces over time.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:20 PM   #27
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More to follow once I find the time to actually install the covers. Between High School graduations, graduation parties and travel for work my time spent on car projects has been limited.
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:28 PM   #28
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SEM Palomino on the carpets resulted in a near perfect match to the plastic pieces painted with SEM Camel.
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:19 PM   #29
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If you don't mind me asking, what's your process before painting?

Washington, scuff and primer maybe? I'm really interested in doing this when I get a chance.
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Old 06-13-2018, 10:47 AM   #30
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I wash the parts that will fit in the dishwasher. I then wash them again with Dawn and hot water. After the parts have thoroughly dried and just before painting I give them a good rub down with isopropyl alcohol while wearing latex gloves to remove any trace amounts of oil that could still be left on the plastic from my hands. I like the alcohol because it cleans and evaporates quickly. I then spray them. I asked the body shop if I needed to use any primer or adhesion promoter and he told me that all that was needed was a good cleaning. The durability of the tan will remain to be seen, but I have had very good results with black.
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:47 PM   #31
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Awesome. Thanks for the info
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Old 06-14-2018, 08:01 PM   #32
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I just read the can tonight and it does state to use an appropriate adhesion promoter on plastics. It says nothing about anything to use on vinyl.
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Old 06-15-2018, 08:34 AM   #33
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Just checked out the SEM website, they actually have a vinyl prep product. It cleans and acts a adhesion promoter. I might give that a try.
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:02 AM   #34
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That looks great- nice work.
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Old 06-16-2018, 09:35 AM   #35
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Some of the tan interior is going back in and one of the two front seats has been covered in leather, more on that later when the second is covered. I undertook the project of going with a two tone tan/black dash after seeing a picture of an all tan interior. I like the look. Opinions? Yes, I still have to paint the right corner dash piece on the passenger's side. The leather is darker than the sun faded cloth seats, so I think everything will tie in nicely together and be a bit darker/richer in color when done.
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Old 06-16-2018, 09:38 AM   #36
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I am very happy with the color of the SEM Palomino on the carpets.

I need to find a new shifter surround as mine is cracked.

OPINIONS WANTED: Do I keep the door sill covers black or paint them tan to match the rest of the interior? I am leaning towards tan...
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Old 06-16-2018, 12:00 PM   #37
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Looks good. So here are my I would leave the door sills black. They get scuffed easily and you risk having the paint chip off. And what will you about the flex trim around the door openings? It never stops. Also I would have left the lower section of the steering column black just because that's me. Looking forward to the leather seats.
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Old 06-16-2018, 03:22 PM   #38
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Looks really nice, but Let me add my two cents.
The knee bolster on the bottom of the passenger side of the dash, I would dye tan to match the rest of the bottom of the dash. And, I would make the whole steering column surround black.
But, it still looks good the way you have it, really nice work.
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Old 06-16-2018, 04:24 PM   #39
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Looks great. Keep the door sills black because of stuffing.
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Old 06-16-2018, 07:54 PM   #40
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All good points. I will paint the knee bolster on the passengers side. I too was wondering about the steering column surround. I originally thought the split would make a good break between the black and tan, but as I look at it more and more I too think all black would look better. Thankfully I have one or two extras. The door sill covers will stay black. good point on the scuffing and I never thought about the molding being black.


The more adjustable driver's side seat base works perfectly on the passenger's side. All I had to do was switch the seal rail.
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Old 06-16-2018, 10:09 PM   #41
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Keep us updated as you make progress on the front seats. I've been thinking about replacing my seat covers, and was planning on getting the eBay ones. However, reading out the leather ones you mentioned, I might go that way instead.
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Old 06-17-2018, 10:58 AM   #42
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Looking great. Good work.

Interested to see this through to completion.

I just picked up a 91 245 with the black dash and am used to the tan interiors (which I like)in both my 84 sedan and 85 wagon, so I am considering doing something similar, or some version of what you are doing.

Agreed on the black door sills.

Opinions? I think a set of that wood trim someone here is making would look great as a transition on your dash.

Also interested in the seats as mine need new covers.
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Old 06-17-2018, 06:14 PM   #43
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I would love wood trim, but I was on his site and I didn't see that the were progressing, but I could be wrong. This morning I got around to covering the rear shelf in matching leather that the seats are covered in. I am happy with how it came out. The only thing I would change is I would wrap the leather around the underside for a cleaner edge.
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Old 06-17-2018, 06:31 PM   #44
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The seats are done minus adding the headrests.

My observations:

- The leather is very thick and I expect very durable.

- Because of the above I recommend letting it warm up in the sun a little before the install.

- The vinyl cover are much more pliable, but thinner material

- Because of the thickness of the leather the uprights have some puckering that I hope will "wear in" over time. If not I would still opt for the durability of the leather over the eBay vinyl kits. I installed a vinyl kit in my wagon so I know my reasonings for liking the leather more.

- Passengers side seat now has the same adjustability as the driver's seat. All I had to do was swap over the seat base frame and swap in the passenger mounting rails.

- The original tan seats have tan hinge covers, but all of my extra ones, minus the ones on the seats still installed in the car, are black. Instead of painting them and worrying about scratching and the black showing through I just left them black. I don't dislike the contrast and it's not like there aren't other things in the car, door sill covers, that are black.
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Old 06-17-2018, 07:17 PM   #45
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2 things. Did you also include the heaters for the seats?

Also I'm mostly impressed that you were able to remove all of this stuff in tact!
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Old 06-17-2018, 08:55 PM   #46
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1) did you use hog rings?
2) did you over lap the front half of the seat top over the back half on the rod? Hard to expain but I think you know what I mean. You could also massage the leather with a heat gun to smooth it out.
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Old 06-17-2018, 08:56 PM   #47
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Old 06-17-2018, 09:59 PM   #48
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I did use the seat heaters.

I used hog rings. Really the only right way to do it.

Not sure about the overlapping. I duplicated how the Factory covers were installed.

One of the hardest things was getting the little metal disc that hold the seat back adjustor off.
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Old 06-17-2018, 10:06 PM   #49
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That link asks me to re-sign in when I'm already signed in and then doesn't recognize my log-0n info.
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:42 AM   #50
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Search in For Sale for Johann245 or type in Real wood Trim in For Sale forum.
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