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Old 06-11-2019, 06:49 PM
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Been searching for my "perfect" Vette for over a year, finally found it. Price is close, has all the upgrades and options I've been looking for, even has the correct exterior color. Problem is the owner has spent a lot of money on interior... new everything from carpet, to door panels, to console, to dash, to C5 seats. Wrong color dammit!
I understand the seats could be recovered and the carpet dyed. Can you successfully "paint" the hard surfaces?
Anyone?
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Old 06-11-2019, 06:56 PM
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My 77 had the white/red interior. The seats and door panels were in rough shape. I decided to change the color to buckskin. I sprayed the hard pieces buckskin and they came out like new.
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Easier to go darker than lighter. Black or red to ivory or med saddle is harder to cover than the other way around.
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My 77 had the white/red interior. The seats and door panels were in rough shape. I decided to change the color to buckskin. I sprayed the hard pieces buckskin and they came out like new.
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Ouch! I'm glad you are happy with your car.

My car had the correct white exterior, red interior trim tag. Unfortunately, a PO had ruined it all by converting the interior to black! The car came with a bad case of mildew from being stored outside under a cover for a while (perhaps a year). I was able to save everything but the carpet, including the seats, then replace as I go.

So far, new red carpet (easy and inexpensive, no reason not to replace), new red refurbished clamshell seats (with awesome, if anachronistic, embroidered 78-79 emblems), red steering wheel, armrest, and shifter boot. I also removed the windshield, T-Top, and Halo trim and dyed it, though I went with Oyster White for these pieces, as I prefer that look vs. having too much red. I used the SEM system of vinyl dye and had great results, so going from black to white can be done.

FWIW, the stock dash was dyed black by the PO. This will probably stay black forever, though I would like to dye the door panels red at some point.

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I am in the process of converting all of my saddle interior to black. The hard parts are quite easy to do. I am sticking with the SEM brand so that I know everything is made to work together. I clean them with their prep, use a plastic adhesion promoter, and then finally do 2-3 light coats of SEM semi-gloss black. Overall I could not be happier with they way they are turning out.

These were all saddle colored interior parts.









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PS, I'm in the process of converting from black to saddle! We should have talked earlier
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I converted my entire worn interior from the original Firethorn Red, to a custom 2 tone black and gunmetal interior. I also added some custom real carbon fiber accents to the doors and wrapped my original wheel with Carbon Fiber and hand stiched the matching wheelskin.


tearing out the original red

original all red interior

Firethorn 76 "Vega" Steering wheel

most parts replaced, LED's in gauges

Carbon fiber skinned wheel and stitched wheelskin

New door panels, and covered seats, finishing off the car

Carbon Fiber accent panels to go in

rear trunk after sealing, sound deadener, and new carpet and LED's
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Great work RocketNerd!

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Great work RocketNerd!
Agreed! Made me a believer.
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