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Old 11-26-14, 12:37 AM   #1
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Thumbs up My First DIY gated shifter wood trim

I did this a little while ago and thought I should do a write up to show you all the steps I took to renew my wood trim around shifter and shift **** also, please note my shifter doesn't look the best because it's worn out from daily driving so much couldn't be done. I didn't take pics of the method I used however here is the details and products I used for the transformation

First-wipe down the surface with a wet cloth using small amount of Meguiars Gold Class Shampoo to lift any dirt or oils off the surface.rinse and ring out so it isn't soapy

Second-tape off everywhere so you don't get any excess in any creases.

Third- use a dime size of 3m rubbing compound on a terry towel and rub it in until it's completely covered evenly ,then you wait a little let it sit for 2 mins and then you buff it off with a clean towel

Fourth-apply a polish of your choice to it you rub it in with medium pressure then you can add mothers polishing glaze to add more depth for a new look then you wipe it down with a damp cloth to clean up around the area

Fifth add a sealant on top my choice was the Detailers Pro Poli-Coat Paint Sealant I

before do not mind the fur wry cloth was just getting some ideas
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Here's the after results
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pleaee let me know if you have a better or easier solution to this process let me know what you think next mission is the seats overhaul stay tuned
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Old 11-26-14, 05:05 AM   #2
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You could have just yanked the trim out but pulling on the top edge with the ashtray cover flipped back and worked on it outside of the car but the result is GREAT all the same so tom-AY-toe, tom-AHH-toe.
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Old 11-26-14, 07:40 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Kbb I guess I didn't want to go through all that trouble of removing it so I did it as best as I possibly could.and it's truly amazing the differnce it made. Will try to get some better pics up and with flash on
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It looks great. Thank you for giving me an idea to do tomorrow morning before Thanksgiving dinner
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Am very glad I was able to inspire somebody who is interested in doing this also good luck on your restoration looking forward to seeing your new and improved look.
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Looks really nice. I was wondering how to clean mine up because it's really dull right now. I had considered using a headlight polish kit because it comes with the sealant but I'll try your method first.
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looks good man , wonder how well it would work on the older plastic consoles, they always get really mucked up
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PLEXUS sitting for a few hours or overnight works wonders as well
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Man I wish I had a gated shifter...
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nice!! wait how does a gated shifter work with older SC's?
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Looks really nice! I love gated shifters.
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nice!! wait how does a gated shifter work with older SC's?
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Wow! Already knew about detailing the wood but this will defffff make me do it sooner than expected lol. Looks good man!
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