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SinCityJets 11-04-2012 05:40 PM

Cheap, Easy, Dash Handle Color Mod!!
 
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OK, let me start off by saying that I am not the creator of this technique. I actually learned it a few years ago in a corvette forum for doing the back bumper. Also, if this has already been done here, I'm not trying to steal anyone's thunder. I had not seen this in anyone's mod posts....so here goes...

This mod is to add some color to the brushed silver overlay on the passenger side dash grab handle. My Jeep is DCR, so I chose a DCR colored paint.

1. You will need the supplies in photo 1. Mineral Spirits, flat head, something with a flat-square edge, paper towels, painters tape, and a can of your favorite spray paint in the color of your choice.

2. Remove the plastic silver inlay. A flathead screwdriver works perfect. Don't bother removing the screws first, they are just there for looks (2013).

3. Wipe down front of inlay with mineral spirits. Gets off all goop and gook.

3. Tape all around the Jeep and Since 1941. Make sure you press hard on the edges to make sure you don't get any bleed.

4. Take you favorite spray paint and lay down a few light coats of paint, waiting only a couple of minutes in between. You do not want or need to make it thick. Just cover the area of the writing.

5. Carefully remove tape while still wet.

6. SLIGHTLY wet a paper towel with mineral spirits (less is more), then fold the paper towel over so a "dry" portion of the towel covers the wet portion. Place this paper towel over the flat square object.

7. Wipe the insert with the flat object, being sure not to "dig in" or press hard.

8. The drier the paper towel, the better. You will have to wipe several times, moving to a new location on the paper towel to go to a clean area.

9. Clean up the rest of the bar and reinstall.

The End. Feel free to post with any comments or questions.

AverageJK 11-04-2012 05:42 PM

doesnt look like your lines are straight at all.

SinCityJets 11-04-2012 05:42 PM

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AverageJK 11-04-2012 05:43 PM

ah much better

SinCityJets 11-04-2012 05:43 PM

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Originally Posted by AverageJK (Post 2960196)
doesnt look like your lines are straight at all.

Hahaha, that's ok my friend...you beat me to next pictures :)

AverageJK 11-04-2012 05:44 PM

haha i totally thought that was the end product.

SinCityJets 11-04-2012 05:44 PM

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Originally Posted by AverageJK (Post 2960205)
haha i totally thought that was the end product.

Haha, I'm dumb, not stupid!! :)

That would have been funny though......"hey everyone, check out my cool, crooked mod!"

Mopar2Ya 11-04-2012 05:45 PM

I'm liking it! :thumb:

Tumbleweed 11-04-2012 06:14 PM

Cool, but I guess it wouldn't do much for my silver Jeep!!!

SinCityJets 11-04-2012 06:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Tumbleweed (Post 2960284)
Cool, but I guess it wouldn't do much for my silver Jeep!!!

Paint it black. Just something to make it stand-out.

tomthbomb 11-04-2012 06:45 PM

What happened to the "fake" screw head on the right side of the insert? Now you don't see it, now you do.

SinCityJets 11-04-2012 06:51 PM

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Originally Posted by tomthbomb (Post 2960394)
What happened to the "fake" screw head on the right side of the insert? Now you don't see it, now you do.

How do you think I found out it's fake?? I removed it initially, and discovered all it does is sit in the insert.

tomthbomb 11-04-2012 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by SinCityJets (Post 2960426)
How do you think I found out it's fake?? I removed it initially, and discovered all it does is sit in the insert.

OK, you are ahead of the curve. I have seen where some "removed" both.

Darkfire 11-04-2012 08:08 PM

looks awesome, I may have to try that

HRR1 11-04-2012 08:40 PM

Wow, nice job!

2resa 11-04-2012 09:32 PM

whew, glad I scrolled down. Pretty nifty there.

Jeep-TTH 11-04-2012 09:43 PM

That looks sweet!

paleh0rse 11-04-2012 09:56 PM

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Which exact paint did you buy to match the DCR? Is it really VIN-matched paint, or did you just pick the closest thing Rustoleum had to DCR?

The reason I ask is because I have a DCR Jeep as well, and I've ordered other expensive matching spray paint before, but I wasn't aware that Rustoleum offers a DCR...

Looks great btw!

SinCityJets 11-04-2012 10:03 PM

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Originally Posted by paleh0rse (Post 2961024)
Which exact paint did you buy to match the DCR? Is it really VIN-matched paint, or did you just pick the closest thing Rustoleum had to DCR?

The reason I ask is because I have a DCR Jeep as well, and I've ordered other expensive matching spray paint before, but I wasn't aware that Rustoleum offers a DCR...

Looks great btw!

I just bought a dark red Rustoleum. Since it's inside the jeep, next to nothing painted, close is close enough :)

paleh0rse 11-04-2012 10:33 PM

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Originally Posted by SinCityJets
I just bought a dark red Rustoleum. Since it's inside the jeep, next to nothing painted, close is close enough :)

Ahh, ok, got it. Like I said, it looks great!

I'm adding this mod to the list...

SinCityJets 11-04-2012 11:21 PM

This is a simple mod that only takes 15 minutes. 10 if you've done it once before.

Post pics of your dash upgrades here!!

SinCityJets 11-05-2012 03:10 PM

A couple people have PM'd some questions. I do wipe down the entire bar with the mineral spirits before I start. This takes off any grease or "product" that may be on the plastic. No need to try and sand or scuff these areas first.

TwoJeepsinTx 12-24-2012 02:49 PM

So I'm in the process of painting my trim, doing orange crush to match the paint. After seeing this I'm thinking the bar would look cool with orange paint and black lettering. My question for any paint gurus is can I apply black paint and wipe it off using this method after applying the orange? I'm thinking if I let it dry really well I might be OK. I also have some clearcoat I was going to apply at the end, would that be better to use between the orange and the black to avoid problems?

paleh0rse 12-24-2012 02:55 PM

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Originally Posted by TwoJeepsinTx (Post 3139313)
So I'm in the process of painting my trim, doing orange crush to match the paint. After seeing this I'm thinking the bar would look cool with orange paint and black lettering. My question for any paint gurus is can I apply black paint and wipe it off using this method after applying the orange? I'm thinking if I let it dry really well I might be OK. I also have some clearcoat I was going to apply at the end, would that be better to use between the orange and the black to avoid problems?

Orange, dry, clear, let dry overnight, black, wipe off, dry, then more clear coat, dry, done.

LilYeller 12-24-2012 02:56 PM

Nice technique gonna have to adopt that for future uses.

TwoJeepsinTx 12-24-2012 02:58 PM

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Originally Posted by paleh0rse (Post 3139328)
Orange, dry, clear, let dry overnight, black, wipe off, dry, then more clear coat, dry, done.

Perfect, thanks! I'll post pics when it's done, unless I screw it up. :p

paleh0rse 12-24-2012 03:01 PM

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Originally Posted by TwoJeepsinTx (Post 3139340)

Perfect, thanks! I'll post pics when it's done, unless I screw it up. :p

You could go without the last clear coat layer of you don't want the black letters to be as shiny.

ohioviper 12-24-2012 03:20 PM

Nice job Im thinking about using a lacquer stik to inlay my letters in black over the Gecko I painted them with. Ive used it on guns before and it works well.

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jbook 04-03-2013 11:58 AM

Just found this post now, Can't wait to try it out this weekend! Thanks for the write up!

woansleftpeg 04-03-2013 12:02 PM

How do you remove the handle in the first place? Is it just held in with the same sort of clips that other trim pieces have?


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