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Old 03-03-2011, 07:19 PM   #1
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Just picked up my IBM interior trim panels! (with pics)

I got the call on Tuesday that my door and dash trim panels were ready to be picked up and ran out after work today to pick them up from Clean Cut Creations in Webster Groves, Missouri (St. Louis). I must say, I am beyond impressed. The color is perfect and the fit and finish of the parts is beautiful. I can't possibly recommend these guys enough, not only to those of you in the St. Louis area but also anyone else (they tell me much of the work they do is from elsewhere in the country). Sadly, by the time I finally got home it was too dark to do any work on the car but I am eagerly awaiting installation tomorrow after work (on the 1 year anniversary of when I took delivery no less!). Until then here are some quick shots of the uninstalled panels to tide you over. I'll update this post with installed pics as soon as possible.

A couple shots in normal lighting:




A couple closer shots with more direct, LED lighting:




This one is to show how they handled the dashboard trim pieces with ABL (sorry about the smudges, my fault):

They've never painted trim pieces for a car with dashboard ABL so mine is kind of a test case for them. Since they paint the front of the pieces (as opposed to the back like you would get stock from GM) they had to leave a small line unpainted at the top of the dash pieces (and on the door pieces as well, but it's almost invisible when installed). I snapped the driver's side trim piece in (without ABL so far, I still have to grind down the parts for the ABL pipe to fit) and I couldn't even see the unpainted strips (granted it was very low light). Installed pics will be up ASAP.
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:34 PM   #2
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that looks killer you should take one installed i have IBM also but mine are grey was thinking about painting like this
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:13 PM   #3
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Looks real good
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:19 PM   #4
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Sweet! Can u post up detailed pics of the install? I'm planning on uninstalling my stock pieces, painting, and reinstalling Tomorrow as well!
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:26 PM   #5
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They look great, and I know I love mine! Can't wait to see what they look like with ABL.
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:32 PM   #6
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Looks nice
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:40 PM   #7
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Will these panels work with the ambient light ? They look great and I can't wait to see what they look like installed.
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:17 PM   #8
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Will these panels work with the ambient light ? They look great and I can't wait to see what they look like installed.
The panels are the regular stock panels I personally pulled out of my car and they were painted specifically to accommodate ABL. When they paint the pieces they leave a thin, unpainted line for the ABL to shine through which is completely invisible on the door pieces when installed.

Unfortunately there will be no installed pics tonight. A storm has rolled in and I had to stop working on the install. I did manage to get the driver's side piece screwed in before I had to stop (ABL is not yet connected) and it looks awesome, especially under my AAC-sourced blue LED dome lighting. It's supposed to be cooler outside tomorrow but should be decent enough to complete the install. More info soon.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:20 PM   #9
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I pulled the car into my car shelter, flipped on the headlights and braved the dropping temperatures to finish installing the driver's side panel. So far that's all that's fully installed (I think I need to tweak the dash panels slightly) but here's a little teaser shot to hold everyone interested over until I can finish installing, hopefully tomorrow. Since it's dark outside the only way I could get a decent picture was to use the flash, so it's a very bright picture.

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Old 03-04-2011, 11:24 PM   #10
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That looks freaking awesome how wide is the strip needed for the ABL lighting?
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:49 PM   #11
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Wow, that is absolutely beautiful. you can see the flake from a mile a way. Best panels i have seen, by far. Great job.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:52 PM   #12
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Very nice! Can't wait for some more pics.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:57 PM   #13
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That does look good!!!
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:51 AM   #14
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That looks killer! Nice match!
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:39 PM   #15
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They look great! That is something I have been wanting to do to my car hehe.
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Old 03-05-2011, 05:17 PM   #16
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Just finished installing the passenger door and dashboard trim pieces and the installation is nearly complete. The only thing left for me to do is to test out the ABL in the dash pieces tonight to make sure they don't need any more tweaking and then I'll be finished. Here are some installed pictures of all the trim pieces in the meantime. I'll try and snap some pictures of the ABL tonight (wasn't cooperating last night, my camera just doesn't like super low light situations and wasn't picking up the ABL in the door) then maybe get a panoramic shot of the interior tomorrow, when it's supposed to be sunnier out.

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You'll notice the gauge cluster trim is not installed yet. That is a pain in a half to remove so I am keeping it off until I know I have no more work to do on it. Oh, and some of you might notice some badges missing on the dash pad. I still contend that the photos did not do them justice and in person they looked much less cluttered......until I put the trim pieces in. No longer liked the look so they're gone.
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Old 03-05-2011, 05:54 PM   #17
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:06 PM   #18
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how hard was the install? looks great!
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:48 PM   #19
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:39 PM   #20
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that is sick. I want them now.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:14 PM   #21
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wow those look absolutely beautiful!!!
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:04 PM   #22
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I really gotta ask how much to paint? and how simple of an install? it looks beautiful
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Old 04-30-2011, 11:12 AM   #23
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I really gotta ask how much to paint? and how simple of an install? it looks beautiful
Sorry for the super late responses, but the install wasn't SUPER hard, but it was a bit time consuming. The dash trim pieces are fairly easy as long as you know how to work the clips out. Basically, with the fuse box cover removed on the driver side or the passenger side dash cover removed you pinch together the closest clip and pull the strip towards you, it should pop out. Do the same with the clips inside the gauge cluster (with the cluster removed obviously). That's it for the driver side clips, but the passenger side inner clips you can't reach seem to be easier to pop out, just run your finger behind one of the now loose ends and they'll pop right out. The doors are a bit of a pain though. The instructions I used when removing them are in here. Most people have said to use a dremel tool to grind down the melt rivets that hold the interior trim pieces in place, and that's what I did. It's a pain and took forever as my little dremel battery kept dying on me. When I went to install the painted pieces I noticed that I had left a melt rivet in the way that needed to be removed in order to reinstall, so I pulled out my knife and stuck the tip in the center hole of the rivet (you'd understand what I'm talking about once you see it in person) and kinda did a drilling-type twisting motion on it. It popped right off in seconds...... Wish I'd known of that from the start.....

Anyway, it's worth noting that when I had mine painted I used my stock panels (my car was up for the winter so it didn't matter that it was in pieces for a while), so I had to buy some washers and screws for the reinstall, but if you buy the official GM aftermarket kit and have those painted the kit comes with the necessary hardware.

As for the cost to paint, I feel I got a pretty good deal, only $125 for all 4 pieces, though I did supply my own parts and since the shop is local I didn't have to pay for shipping.

Anyway, thanks for all the compliments, I absolutely love the look and have got nothing but compliments when showing them off in person. Most people agree it is a huge upgrade over the stock in terms of appearance. The one issue I have with them is the ABL unfortunately, which is absolutely no fault of Clean Cut Creations. I've noticed that a good deal of the glow produced by the light pipes are actually caused by the reflection off of the light silver surface of the panels. When you change that surface to a deep blue it cuts back on the brightness of the ABL, one of my absolute favorite aspects of this car's interior. You can definitely still see the ABL at night, but it's noticeably dimmer, so much so that I'm seriously entertaining the thought of selling my panels and buying a new set to have repainted two-tone with IBM for the majority of the panel and stock silver for maybe the top inch or so. Still haven't decided what I'll do, but if I do decide to sell them I'll probably list them on here. They'd be perfect for someone with a non-ABL car or someone who just doesn't care about the ABL.
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:46 PM   #24
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What color seats did you choose for the IBM?

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Old 09-21-2011, 04:39 PM   #25
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Looks Awesome! Great Job! :-)
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