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Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:33 pm 
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hi guys have tried painting my faded arm rests out of my ef fairmont, i have tried a few different off the shelf dyes and paints, but i cant get the colour to match or even come close . just wondering if anyone can recommend a product that matches the cappuccino trim colour?
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Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:54 pm 
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i dont think u would even come close to getting a match off the self. would recommend going to a wreckers and getting some or check ebay they pop up.

 

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Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:06 pm 
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I'm i the same boat mate, a have the cappacino, and my armrests are faded. I'm thinking i might just get them professionally re-dyed by a auto trimmer.

 

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Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:28 pm 
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I have tried several times, back when I had my EF - It had the cappa interior. I failed :( I could not even find anything close. Even some of the items that the colour of the car looked almost identical looked totally different once I sprayed the trim and let it dry.
In the end, I just painted the entire trims (and the dash) black/silver
That being said, I probably went over the top - but I liked it. With my EL (which has the grey interior), all I did was paint the armrest and the top piece black.
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Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:45 pm 
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yeah i have tried getting another set of arm rests and they all have the same trouble being faded. my mates el fairmont has the same problem as well.
anyway thanks guys
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Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:59 pm 
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Yep, i have the same problem, my armrests have a slight green tinge to them haha, i was thinking of getting them wrapped in leather somehow, the same way a steering wheel is recovered.
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Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:28 pm 
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not sure how leather wrapping them would go with the little plugs that hide the retaining screws... interesting if it could be done though.
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Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:34 pm 
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fairmont v8 ghia wrote:
not sure how leather wrapping them would go with the little plugs that hide the retaining screws...


That was exactly my thought too, i've been thinking about it for a while now, but have no idea how to make the screw plugs look good.
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Posted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:20 pm 
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I have also been thinking about doing that, as i have a little trimming experience, but yeah my problem is how to get around the screw holes. Maybe there is some kind of product that will mount in there, and it simply clips to the door. It'd have to be strong though, otherwise after a while it'd probably pull off the door.

Will look more into that, i have some cappa coloured suede that'd look grea.t

 

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Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:53 am 
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Have you guys tried KIWI Leather Dye for Shoes?
There's a Tan available which may be suitable for the Mocha colour, failing that you could cut it with the KIWI White Dye, these come in a placky bottle with an applicator sponge on the end.

You'll probably have to look for it at a good Haberdashery-Craft store not the big super chain WallyMarts for Cargo Culture Dummies that passes for "variety" stores these days.


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Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:00 pm 
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LOL,

But that is a good idea, i never thought of that. Only query i have with the kiwi stuff is, will is stay tacky/wetish? I can't remember if it drys or not. It'd be a shame to get shoe polish on my favourite shirt. :D

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:09 am 
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Nah, it dries, you're thinking of Polish, this is Dye specifically made for changing the colour of shoes.

 

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