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aeh5126
06-15-2009, 10:06 PM
I have searched but I did not find what I was looking for. I have a 2002 coupe GT and I would like to change the color of the leather inserts on the doors to black. Is it just as easy as spray painting or should I just go out and buy some real black leather? Any feedback or suggestions would be very appreciated. Thank you.

Grandamgtblk99
06-15-2009, 10:12 PM
Just do what I did, it takes a lil creativity on reattaching the inserts, but we took a chisel to the melted plastic holding it in and used wire ties to put it back on. We over layed mine with suede.

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g253/grandamgtblk99/headliner.jpg

aeh5126
06-15-2009, 10:20 PM
[QUOTE=Grandamgtblk99;1080064]Just do what I did, it takes a lil creativity on reattaching the inserts, but we took a chisel to the melted plastic holding it in and used wire ties to put it back on. We over layed mine with suede.

oh, ok. I am assuming that you used a spray glue behind the suede correct?

burgett2103
06-15-2009, 10:21 PM
painting it is rather easy

aeh5126
06-15-2009, 10:25 PM
painting it is rather easy

I did consider it but I am afraid that the paint will eventually crack because of the soft vinyl and look like crap.

Grandamgtblk99
06-15-2009, 10:25 PM
yea just bought the 3M brand super 77 spray adhesive. Painting on those look HORRIBLE after a lil while. Definitely go with a fabric.

burgett2103
06-15-2009, 10:33 PM
use a vinyl paint and you'll be satisfied.. it really doesn't crack at all and looks great

aeh5126
06-15-2009, 10:40 PM
yea just bought the 3M brand super 77 spray adhesive. Painting on those look HORRIBLE after a lil while. Definitely go with a fabric.

use a vinyl paint and you'll be satisfied.. it really doesn't crack at all and looks great

Haha! you guys are pulling me in two different directions. maybe what i will do is try the vinyl paint first and if i don't like the results i will wrap it in a black fabric. i can always cover up the paint.

aeh5126
06-15-2009, 10:45 PM
thank you for the help. that is exactly what i needed to know.

AaronGTR
06-16-2009, 11:50 AM
You can use vinyl dye and that will work just fine. You can do it without removing the inserts as well if you carefully mask off the rest of the door so you don't get dye on it. Make sure to clean the inserts really well to get any oil and silicone particles off which would affect the dye.

If you want a little more high end look you can always re-upholster them too. I did mine with gray suede and 3M spray adhesive on the back. You can use a small butane torch or heat gun to soften the plastic tabs that are melted over on the back side of the inserts that hod them to the door panel. Once they get soft enough you can straighten them out and push the insert out, then just put them back in when you are done and heat them up and bend them over again. And if any of them crack you can just use a dab of glue on the back at that tab. ;)

SSRacer
06-16-2009, 12:53 PM
Vinyl paint on mine for years now. It's not an area that gets a lot of contact, so it holds up well. biggest PITA was masking around them...lol

PhantomLover007
06-16-2009, 06:44 PM
Dammit. I wish I would have thought of the butane idea when removing the speaker grills ont eh rear shelf and the cubbies... ;crap

Thanks Aaron.

chuckclose1
06-16-2009, 07:18 PM
You can use vinyl dye and that will work just fine. You can do it without removing the inserts as well if you carefully mask off the rest of the door so you don't get dye on it. Make sure to clean the inserts really well to get any oil and silicone particles off which would affect the dye.

If you want a little more high end look you can always re-upholster them too. I did mine with gray suede and 3M spray adhesive on the back. You can use a small butane torch or heat gun to soften the plastic tabs that are melted over on the back side of the inserts that hod them to the door panel. Once they get soft enough you can straighten them out and push the insert out, then just put them back in when you are done and heat them up and bend them over again. And if any of them crack you can just use a dab of glue on the back at that tab. ;)

u did yours in suede? do have have any pics of it. ive been wanting to see how suede looks on the interior

Grandamgtblk99
06-16-2009, 09:31 PM
u did yours in suede? do have have any pics of it. ive been wanting to see how suede looks on the interior

The pic I posted is orange suede.....

burgett2103
06-16-2009, 09:33 PM
the orange looks hot.. the only orange i've seen in a ga

Jake
06-16-2009, 10:05 PM
I would say the best looking way to do them would be re upholstering them. DOesnt take much. I think painting or dyeing would be kinda noticable and look more tacky. (Imo!)

aiixon
06-16-2009, 11:07 PM
If you paint it right, it looks totally stock. Mine really looks perfect. All my friends, instead of telling me I did a good job painting them, asked me where I got them from.

SSRacer
06-17-2009, 06:51 AM
You can't tell it has been painted on mine either. I agree that upholstering is the "better" option, but if you do the paint right it is a much easier solution.

AaronGTR
06-17-2009, 11:38 AM
u did yours in suede? do have have any pics of it. ive been wanting to see how suede looks on the interior

Not the best shot, but you get the idea.

http://inlinethumb10.webshots.com/45385/1532002262052938416S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/1532002262052938416sJhWpC)

I did the center armrest too and it matches the custom shift boots very nicely!

http://inlinethumb49.webshots.com/29680/1532004200052938416S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/1532004200052938416GLncFP)

chuckclose1
06-17-2009, 01:30 PM
Not the best shot, but you get the idea.

http://inlinethumb10.webshots.com/45385/1532002262052938416S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/1532002262052938416sJhWpC)

I did the center armrest too and it matches the custom shift boots very nicely!

http://inlinethumb49.webshots.com/29680/1532004200052938416S600x600Q85.jpg (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/1532004200052938416GLncFP)

looks nice did u do any in the back of the car?

AaronGTR
06-17-2009, 05:36 PM
I tried doing a cover for the section above the arm rest in the rear side panels (i have a coupe not a 4dr), but it didn't really turn out how I wanted since they are molded in instead of removable inserts, so I plan on removing it and just painting them.

aeh5126
06-17-2009, 10:01 PM
wow. you guys gave me a lot of ideas now! thank you for the input.

burgett2103
06-17-2009, 11:39 PM
yeah i painted my back panels