Glovebox Exterior Fix Ideas? - ClubLexus - Lexus Forum Discussion

Notices
LS - 3rd Gen (2001-2006) Discussion topics related to the flagship Lexus LS430

Glovebox Exterior Fix Ideas?

Old 12-07-17, 09:44 AM
  #1  
Wizard650
Driver School Candidate
Thread Starter
 
Wizard650's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: California
Posts: 21
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Glovebox Exterior Fix Ideas?

Greetings All, my 2005 Ultra is fairly spotless inside and out save for some indents and small scratch on the exterior of the glovebox from the previous owner. Pictures below. The indents appear as if a stiletto had been pressed against the glovebox and it's been driving me nuts. A replacement is $600+, and besides those marks the rest of the glovebox exterior is in good shape. Before going the replacement route, for my own sanity, I was curious if any forum member had an ingenious solution for an inexpensive fix. I've been mulling the idea of either using a sharpie (not my preference) or perhaps even black shoe polish. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


Wizard650 is offline  
Old 12-07-17, 01:23 PM
  #2  
whooodat
Driver
iTrader: (4)
 
whooodat's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: IL
Posts: 121
Thanked 6 Times in 4 Posts
Default

I don't know if a black marker or shoe polish is going to do the trick, what about an auto upholstery shop that is near you that can give you a quote?

When I bought my used LS430 the glove box was broken into and never closed proper, drove me crazy. Lucky enough I found someone that was parting their car and picked it up for $80 (the whole glovebox).
whooodat is offline  
Old 12-07-17, 04:22 PM
  #3  
Jabberwock
Moderator
 
Jabberwock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Alabama
Posts: 3,634
Thanked 81 Times in 73 Posts
Default

I would not use sharpie or shoe polish - it wouldn't color match or look right and may make it look worse.

Finding a matching glove box in great condition at a junk yard is a possibility but could be difficult. I bought one years ago for about $50 for a different car I had that had glove box latch break.

Another route is to take it to a used car lot interior touch up guy. These guys work mobile out of a pickup truck or van mostly and are in different used car lots every day in most big cities. Call your local Lexus dealer other other high end dealer and ask for used car sales manager - ask them for the contact's name and number or what day he is on their lot and go meet him and ask what he can do. Most of these guys are extremely good at repairing scratches and tears on interiors very inexpensively. They can custom mix a color and use micro airbrush and other similar tools to repair. Note the interior touch up guy is generally not also the exterior touch up guy - make sure you are talking to the right person.
Jabberwock is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Jabberwock For This Useful Post:
Wizard650 (12-07-17)
Old 12-07-17, 04:38 PM
  #4  
yoitskenn
Lead Lap
iTrader: (4)
 
yoitskenn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: NorCal
Posts: 663
Thanks: 0
Thanked 20 Times in 17 Posts
Default

Keep searching eBay. It’ll pop up
yoitskenn is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to yoitskenn For This Useful Post:
Wizard650 (12-07-17)
Old 12-07-17, 04:50 PM
  #5  
Wizard650
Driver School Candidate
Thread Starter
 
Wizard650's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: California
Posts: 21
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default

Thanks for the suggestions gentlemen!
Wizard650 is offline  
Old 12-07-17, 07:40 PM
  #6  
05ls430518
Lexus Champion
iTrader: (1)
 
05ls430518's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: New York
Posts: 1,699
Thanks: 0
Thanked 82 Times in 79 Posts
Default

Question the glove box has that stitching on it was that an exclusive ultra luxury thing or was it matched with a certain leather package?
05ls430518 is offline  
Old 12-07-17, 07:47 PM
  #7  
jayclapp
Lexus Champion
 
jayclapp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: AZ
Posts: 2,221
Thanks: 0
Thanked 31 Times in 28 Posts
Default

Just paint the spots. Take the glove box lid off, take it to Home Depot, and ask them to do a sample (3 oz) for their best interior flat latex paint. Then using a small art paint brush, fill the scratches. I have done this with perfect results for small nicks. Your scratches look like they have burrs. You may have to sand those down.

I have used this method for my steering wheel leather and you can't tell it's been repaired. I took the gear shift **** off and used it for the paint match.

I know this sounds crazy, put give it a try. If you put it one and you don't like it, just wipe it off while it's still wet. What have you got to lose?
jayclapp is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to jayclapp For This Useful Post:
Wizard650 (12-08-17)
Old 12-08-17, 09:46 AM
  #8  
ltd76gold
Driver
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Texas
Posts: 117
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Default

https://www.seatdoctors.com/shop/automotive-leather-dye

The above guys have the paint coded matches for dyes. Include your vin and the code is on the drivers door pillar.

Dame (pun intended) reclining front seats.....wonder what stilletos were doing up there?
ltd76gold is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to ltd76gold For This Useful Post:
Wizard650 (12-08-17)
Old 12-08-17, 10:28 AM
  #9  
jayclapp
Lexus Champion
 
jayclapp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: AZ
Posts: 2,221
Thanks: 0
Thanked 31 Times in 28 Posts
Default

You don't want code colored dye. You need to use paint matched to the surface you're working with. By paint matching at Home Depot you take care of any color change from aging. And, it will only cost less than $5.
jayclapp is offline  
Old 12-08-17, 11:57 AM
  #10  
2KHarrier
Lexus Champion
 
2KHarrier's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Milwaukee, Wi
Posts: 2,289
Thanked 152 Times in 141 Posts
Default

Get one of your wife's or girlfriends high heels, put a few more marks in the ceiling panel, and you can make up a really good story to tell...
2KHarrier is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to 2KHarrier For This Useful Post:
Wizard650 (12-08-17)


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Glovebox Exterior Fix Ideas?


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

© 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: