Had to share my sheer frustration and somewhat amazement at what arrived at my door today.
Picked up from eBay a centre console, gear surround, steering wheel trim and dash trims. The wheel trim and dash trims are the brushed metal effect type. dash trims are fine, wheel trim is a bit grubby no problem.
I should mention that the eBay seller, catlow (a breakers yard), initially declined to sell me the centre console and gear surround due to their condition, however after explaining my intentions he agreed to sell so long as we were both clear on what was being offered. For the record I am very very pleased with their service and were great to deal with and would recommend them.
reason for not wanting to sell is the owner (who for the purposes of this post I shall refer to as Cpt. *** Features) had painted the parts black.
Check this out.....
Honestly the finish is utterly appalling - what on earth would compel a member of the human race to commit such acts of vandalism I will never know.
Honestly, I think *** Features may have applied the paint using the blunt end of a brick, it is that bad.
Thankfully, after about 45 minutes with the gear surround some improvements were noted:
The finish is so poor that I literally picked the paint off with my finger nails, no joke. I ran this under hot water and picked it all off. There was no primer, no clear coat, nothing!
I didn't quite get to finish it off completely as I ran out of light and my cat took exception to being neglected and launched an assault on my wedding vegetables.
I might get away with just a good machine polish and they will be okay, but that leaves me with a dilemma.......
See my plan was to finish this using a method known as hydrographics or dipping.. sure you have heard of it. Given their apparent condition do I:
1. clean up, polish and keep as brushed effect, downside being may not get all marks out of them (scratches / dings)
2. primer it properly with acid etch, high build primer and paint either white to match the car or Stromboli grey to give a good simple effective finish.
3. again primer up properly but then dip, can go for carbon fibre pattern, brushed metal pattern or virtually any finish you can think of. This is by far the hardest finish to achieve but does look good.
What to do.....