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Old 02-20-2011, 05:15 PM   #26
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Great DIY.

I need to tackle this project myself
Are you and you car coming to CF2 If so i will give a light pipe if we can do a DYI with your car.
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:22 PM   #27
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I've read Ofer's thread numerous times and then read this and honestly this makes it much easier for me to understand. Not sure why but it just does haha. Thank you for writing this up. Now w/ me having an '11 LS I need to order some new panels for my car. Looking for orange. Cant find them anywhere though.
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:23 PM   #28
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Are you and you car coming to CF2 If so i will give a light pipe if we can do a DYI with your car.
Uhm.... lemme think....

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Old 02-21-2011, 09:32 PM   #29
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Thanks for the write up. It looks really nice. Just for clarification re: the drill vs. no-drill method.. The no-drill method has the light bar sticking out about 2-3 mm, which is hardly noticeable, and with the drill method, a person has to sand the top of the dash, drill a little bit so the light bar will go behind the dash?

The drill method would more closely resemble the ABL in the doors, but the no-drill method is quicker/easier. Do I have this right?
You don't have to drill either way.

The only difference is, if you want the panels pushed in, you will have to sand the panels and modify the back of the trim, slightly, to allow the panels to go all the way in! No drilling is necessary.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:33 PM   #30
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what would be the drive from harrisburg up to where you are soo i can get this done lol
I am in Reading PA, Exeter actually, but address is Reading. It is about an hour from Harrisburg.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:33 PM   #31
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First hat tip to Gene Culley for a hell of a thread.
Thanks Ofer. It would not be possible without you! Thank you!
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:34 PM   #32
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I've read Ofer's thread numerous times and then read this and honestly this makes it much easier for me to understand. Not sure why but it just does haha. Thank you for writing this up. Now w/ me having an '11 LS I need to order some new panels for my car. Looking for orange. Cant find them anywhere though.
What you have to understand is, since Ofer's original thread, the way to install this has changed two or three times and his thread keeps getting updated.

After reading his thread like 10 times, I had some questions and I just wanted to lay it out for other people in the way that I see it, but let's all not forget that Ofer is the man, lol.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:37 PM   #33
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:55 PM   #34
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hey i am prepping do to this, and wondered, rather than sanding for the other way, rather use acetone to remove some of the paint instead?
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:55 PM   #35
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Gene you should offer an out the door complete kit

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Hey Gene, great write up! It looks great.
Just a quick question, does the dash look as bright as the door panel where it is brightest and thickest or no?
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hey i am prepping do to this, and wondered, rather than sanding for the other way, rather use acetone to remove some of the paint instead?
I think since these panels are polycarbonate that the acetone may eat them. I think you're going to end up buying new panels if you do that
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Gene you should offer an out the door complete kit

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I've certainly been thinking about that! Thanks for the idea!
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:24 PM   #39
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Hey Gene, great write up! It looks great.
Just a quick question, does the dash look as bright as the door panel where it is brightest and thickest or no?
The dash looks 100% as bright as the door panels where it is the brightest and thickest, yes.
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I think since these panels are polycarbonate that the acetone may eat them. I think you're going to end up buying new panels if you do that
Yeah, I thought about that. I bet some acetone free nail polish remover would work and not damage the panel... that or brake fluid, lol...
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:48 PM   #41
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someone blew through a few panels trying to do the sand method...maybe he has some of the bad ones to test some removal products...
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A Plug 'n' Play kit under $200 would work

How much for replacement dash insert pieces?
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The dash looks 100% as bright as the door panels where it is the brightest and thickest, yes.

So now the bigger question, did the ABL tools really help? was it "that" much easier? lol
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Yeah, I thought about that. I bet some acetone free nail polish remover would work and not damage the panel... that or brake fluid, lol...
You may be correct. In very small amounts, it may work. Brake fluid
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someone blew through a few panels trying to do the sand method...maybe he has some of the bad ones to test some removal products...
I think the easiest way to sand is to tape them off with painters tape and then you can't go any further down than the line.
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A Plug 'n' Play kit under $200 would work

How much for replacement dash insert pieces?
It depends on what color for the dash insert pieces. You're looking at $50 to $175.
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So now the bigger question, did the ABL tools really help? was it "that" much easier? lol
I guess you're referring to the trim removal tools? Heck yeah, I wouldn't even bother doing it without them. I use those trim removal tools for everything! Once you start using them, you will find a reason to use them more and more in the future!
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hey i am prepping do to this, and wondered, rather than sanding for the other way, rather use acetone to remove some of the paint instead?
I tried Goof Off, and it didn't work that well. I used a 3m spot sanding pen to sand just the bevel of the trim. http://www.amazon.com/Prep-Pen-PrepP...8558024&sr=8-2

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I guess you're referring to the trim removal tools? Heck yeah, I wouldn't even bother doing it without them. I use those trim removal tools for everything! Once you start using them, you will find a reason to use them more and more in the future!
I kind of wish I had them, but I did find you can pinch the first clip from behind and once you get one clip removed you can easily just pull them out from down the line.

You just get some sore fingers doing that.
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Regarding the sanding method: Can anyone post a photo of the exact location that sanding is required? Additionally, how much sanding should be done on that area.

A friend and I attempted this project this weekend and everything went smooth, however we did not care for the 2-3 mm gap method. We finally gave up after two days of trying to adjust the tubing and everything to make it right but just couldn't. We still have plans to finish but want to find out the above questions before proceding further.
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I used paint remover (tuff-strip) purchased at Lowes. Had it around for years after doing some furniture re-finishing. For the doors it worked great, first taped it off, applied with a small modeling brush, wairted less than a minute removed with a Q- tip. After about four applications it was perfect. If you leave it on for too long it would eat the plastic. For the dash I have only done the driver's side so far. I took the paint with no problems but the look is better when it's sanded IMO, used 600 grit.
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