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Old 12-31-2008, 03:29 PM   #1
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Have you painted your center console - Yourself / DIY???

I rec'd a paintscratch.com "kit" to paint my bumperettes for Christmas. I also got a short shifter console from the 997/987...

I am doing the bumperettes first. they are sanded and primed in my garage... I paint them tomorrow. being the impatient person that I am - the having to do things slow and wait for stuff to dry, etc of painting is a drag. I wish you could just spray them and be done...but i am doing it right/slow. i shoudl have them painted/ cleared/ and back on in a few days....

now that I have started poking around the center console to remove it to put in my SSK, I have started toying with the idea of painting the console.

it looks no harder than the bumperetes....although the bumperettes are low, on hte outside while the center console is an interior trim piece...

part of me thinks it might be easier to see all teh screw ups on the center console...while you would not see them as much on bumperettes.

any of you self paint the center console and was it as easy as bumperettes?


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Old 12-31-2008, 03:50 PM   #2
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I painted a couple in a 996 when I worked in a body shop a couple months ago. I'm guessing there are two different consoles, smooth and textured. The first one was gravy but, the second one gave me plenty of fits. The paint shrunk back twice and pitted once. I'm guessing it's due to the second one being textured. The only way I was able to get it right was by sanding the whole thing smooth, quite a pita.
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:27 PM   #3
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my center console has a very slight texture to it. not as pronounced as the texture on the bumperettes, but it's not 100% smooth...

i didn't know paint can "shrink".... I do NOT want to expend all the time/hassle only to have it turn out like crap... but i don't want it done bad enough to shell out the $380 or so that bumperplugs.com wants for one.... it would look good, but not *that* good....

maybe i'll wait for the bumperette job to be 100% done and I'll see how it turns out. If I am impressed with myself and my DIY abilities, maybe I'll try the center console... if I royally screw it up i can always buy the professionally done one as an emergency backup to avoid having a trashed interior.....
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Old 01-01-2009, 02:44 AM   #4
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...or just sand it down again and spray it a second time.

I've found most projects like this work out great if you are willing to take your time and keep at it. Rinse and repeat if necessary.

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