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Old 05-21-2013, 08:53 PM   #1
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Interior Trim Painting

Just spent the last hour or so prying the trim off the interior of my Camaro so I could paint it and thought I'd post some pics of before/after. I only took off the steering wheel trim and the gauge bezels for now because I'm told doing the A/C vents requires the entire dash to be removed.

So here are pics before the painting and I will post pics of afterwards when it's done
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:57 PM   #2
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Only the center piece requires removing the dash. The side ones can be removed no problem.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:58 PM   #3
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Oh yea? Any guides on removing those? And any guides for removing the whole dash? Lol
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:41 PM   #4
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I will be watching I want to do the same I was going to plasti dip with blue blaze and glossifier.

How'd you get steering wheel bezel off??
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:46 PM   #5
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I will be watching I want to do the same I was going to plasti dip with blue blaze and glossifier.

How'd you get steering wheel bezel off??
Carefully take the airbag off lol. On the sides of the airbag/horn there are two small holes. Push those in with a screwdriver or something, there's two metal "springs" in there.

Push that in then gently pull each side of the airbag off. Be careful cuz there's two plugs on the back that you don't want to rip out. Then just disconnect those and the bezel pops right off
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:47 AM   #6
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I painted mine, pic in my Sig. Makes a huge difference!! Good luck
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please dont forget to unplug your negative battery cable. and let the car sit 10-15 minutes before you start messing with the airbag please.. =p good luck, be gentle with the plugs, if you break a clip your airbag light comes on.


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Carefully take the airbag off lol. On the sides of the airbag/horn there are two small holes. Push those in with a screwdriver or something, there's two metal "springs" in there.

Push that in then gently pull each side of the airbag off. Be careful cuz there's two plugs on the back that you don't want to rip out. Then just disconnect those and the bezel pops right off
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:08 AM   #8
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Oh absolutely. I wouldn't think of touching anything like that with the battery connected lol. I got it off successfully last night without breaking anything so should be good just running to the store now to grab some grease and wax remover then starting the paint
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Oh yea? Any guides on removing those? And any guides for removing the whole dash? Lol
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Airbag thing has me scared... LOL.
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Airbag thing has me scared... LOL.
It's easy. Just disconnect the negative terminal on the battery - wait 15 minutes, and you're good to go.
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Sounds good.. I was considering blaze blue plasti dip on gauge bezel and steering wheel bezel? Thoughts? If I go this far should I just actually paint it?

Thought was it could be reversible if needed...
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Sounds good.. I was considering blaze blue plasti dip on gauge bezel and steering wheel bezel? Thoughts? If I go this far should I just actually paint it?

Thought was it could be reversible if needed...
Personal preference really but I painted mine because I wanted it to match exactly to the exterior colour

I'm sure you could get away with either really...

Sidenote: Just finished the last coat of clear now so here are some updated photos (2 coats adhesion promoter, 3 base coat, 4 clear coat btw)

First: before clear, Second: after clear.

I've also painted my key fob as well but it's not shown in the pictures. I'm letting the paint dry overnight and will do installation tomorrow
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Loooks great! This is exactly what I want to do.. I'm sure I could do the gauge bezels just fine.

What kind of spray paint did you use?? And clear coat? Turned out great!
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Loooks great! This is exactly what I want to do.. I'm sure I could do the gauge bezels just fine.

What kind of spray paint did you use?? And clear coat? Turned out great!
Thanks man! I'm quite happy with it as well

I used paint from an online company, automotivetouchup.com. They will mix and ship the paint to you for a rather reasonable price. Cost me just short of $60 for an adhesion promoter, the base coat, and a clear coat, all 12oz spray cans. Mind you, us Canucks pay the price when it comes over the border as there was $18 in Duty charges but it's still worth it and the effect is amazing Plus the paint will last me a while if I decide to paint other things haha
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Thanks man! I'm quite happy with it as well

I used paint from an online company, automotivetouchup.com. They will mix and ship the paint to you for a rather reasonable price. Cost me just short of $60 for an adhesion promoter, the base coat, and a clear coat, all 12oz spray cans. Mind you, us Canucks pay the price when it comes over the border as there was $18 in Duty charges but it's still worth it and the effect is amazing Plus the paint will last me a while if I decide to paint other things haha
Good point.. My exterior is black so I was going with a royal blue type color on the interior. Not sure but I'd have to make sure I use a good color.

What about the bezel around the shift area? Are you going to do that too?
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Good point.. My exterior is black so I was going with a royal blue type color on the interior. Not sure but I'd have to make sure I use a good color.

What about the bezel around the shift area? Are you going to do that too?
Yea that would look really sweet, like an IBM blue even.

I was thinking about doing that, just haven't decided yet if it's overkill lol. I've seen some photos with it done and it looks sweeeeet so I'll probably do it when I figure out how to take it apart lmao. It's starting to warm up here, mind you, lots of rain, but if it gets really nice out I'll probably take the whole dash off, paint the A/C vents, then get the shift bezel out as well and paint that :P
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Nice!

I had mine done a while back, makes the interior pop!
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:45 PM   #20
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Nice!

I had mine done a while back, makes the interior pop!
Yea I can't wait to install it later today
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:35 PM   #21
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So just installed these back in... absolutely love it

Attached a picture of the key as well which turned out decently
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:30 PM   #22
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I love the keyfob, great touch.

Great work on the whole thing though, awesome!
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Old 05-24-2013, 03:31 PM   #23
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Thanks man

I'm going to tackle a full dash removal either this or next weekend to paint the A/C vents
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:18 AM   #25
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What color of red did you use? My Camaro is a Crystal Red and I am wanting to do the same thing.
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