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Old 03-12-2008, 05:00 AM
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Painting console

The palomino console on my 380sl is faded and blotchy. So, I was thinking about using the palomino paint that World Upholstery sells to rejuvenate it. (http://www.worlduph.com/vinylmbzlate.htm). However, after reading in another thread that the seats have to be removed to remove the console, I was thinking about brushing, rather than spraying, it on, and I was wondering if anyone has ever done it this way before.

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Old 03-12-2008, 10:52 AM
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I used a dye (paint really) from Leatherique to refinish my seats and sunvisors. I brushed it on and the results were entirely satisfactory.
You should be okay.
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You really do not have to remove seats- the trick is to remove the top! I just removed my old console and installed the new one. Seats are not issue. There are two bolts into the driveshaft at the rear of the console that can be accessed easily if anything on these are easy. After the removal of the shift, ashtray, AC cover, radio, and detaching it from the end of the side bolsters with carpet, it relatively just will come off pulling it backwards, then lifting it up and away from the console. Little tricky but just take your time. And I have used the paint, for the old console it works great- you just need to cover the ground with plastic, and do a few coats-but let dry at least 24 hours. Then it will look brand new when you re-install it. Good luck! Save all the screws as you go!
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Console removal

Can the side carpet bolsters be removed with the console in place or is it necessary to remove the whole thing to get the carpet off?

I also want to repaint the console, I was planning on using the Duplicolor vinyl and carpet paint that I used on the other surfaces, which so far is looking very good. But also want to replace the carpeting.
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carpet sides are attached to the console. You can remove them, but with the console off.
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You really do not have to remove seats- the trick is to remove the top! I just removed my old console and installed the new one. Seats are not issue. There are two bolts into the driveshaft at the rear of the console that can be accessed easily if anything on these are easy. After the removal of the shift, ashtray, AC cover, radio, and detaching it from the end of the side bolsters with carpet, it relatively just will come off pulling it backwards, then lifting it up and away from the console. Little tricky but just take your time. And I have used the paint, for the old console it works great- you just need to cover the ground with plastic, and do a few coats-but let dry at least 24 hours. Then it will look brand new when you re-install it. Good luck! Save all the screws as you go!
Did you use the spray or the liquid, Tim? From World Upholstery or from somewhere else? I've read that SEM Products also makes a palomino spray that's pretty good. But they don't make a liquid that can be brushed on. So, if I used that I would have to remove the console -- though it doesn't sound too bad from your description of the process.

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I sprayed mine and it came out beautifully. I am a perfectionist and I was really pleased with my results. I considered the paint on application, however I was concerned with getting all the depth of the product to be uniform so there was no blotches. I also sprayed 2 cotes of automotive clear cote to the dash and console, the result was a console that always had that armoralled look.
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I sprayed mine and it came out beautifully. I am a perfectionist and I was really pleased with my results. I considered the paint on application, however I was concerned with getting all the depth of the product to be uniform so there was no blotches. I also sprayed 2 cotes of automotive clear cote to the dash and console, the result was a console that always had that armoralled look.
What color is your console and where did you get the paint?

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Old 03-13-2008, 05:45 PM
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Bil, Phil Here, In Painting your Console, I strongly recommend SEM Color Coat for Plastic. It bites into the Plastic and will not scratch off. The Paint goes on evenly with a few light coats. You can top-coat with a clear Matt finish if you prefer a slight gloss. I will tell you that prep work is the whole job, Clean the Console with Denatured Alcohol or Lacquer Thinner, Clean it right down to the Black Plastic that's underneath the old finish. Your Console will turn out better than new. Good Luck

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