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Old Sat, Apr-13-2019, 11:17:27 PM   #21
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Default Re: My OEM+ Interlagos

Now I'm caught up to current day.

April 2019: Much needed steering wheel refresh.

Background: The car is a ZCP but one of the previous owners swapped the OEM alcantara for a leather wheel or it was spec'd with leather from the factory. Then, the guy I bought the car from wanted cruise control functionality and retrofitted the standard top trim with all the multi-function buttons.

Present day: I planned to find a "close enough" paint match and re-spray the trim myself. There are multiple internet examples of people trying to match Titan Shadow trim. I did not match it perfectly but the result is a pleasing color to my eyes and it doesn't look out of place since there's no other Titan Shadow trim in the car to clash with. I settled on Duplicolor Perfect Match Storm Gray. I retained the standard multifunction buttons (as much as I wanted to go back to OEM ZCP) but having cruise control is a "nice to have" and the retrofit involved some wiring I didn't care to remove at this time.

My starting point: Not bad, but not great.




Badge removed with heat and an Xacto. Now you see the horror of worn Titan Shadow!


Eyeing paint shades. This was not it; ended up going with a touch more bronze.


Lower trim stripped using acetone. Tip: the black is factory primer - remove it as well or you'll see lines after primer. Acetone did not react with the lower trim, however, the upper ZCP trim is ABS plastic and DID start to melt/smear. Had to sand that one.


Midway through color-sanding. This is when I realized how far off the color actually was. However, without having a new trim piece on hand, I'm not sure how faded and/or dirty the original Titan Shadow is. But again, I wasn't going for perfect. If I was, I'd buy a new piece of trim.


Last color coat before final color sand and clear. Definitely orange peel you need to sand down, but I prefer a bit of texture.


Sent my original wheel to Coby Wheel for gray alcantara. Prompt service within a week and quality result!


End result
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