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      C12- Steering and gear lever.

      Take a look at this Faded Steering. Or Rather not! Because its quite ugly.





      This has to go. Because steering is your Point of contact and It should always feel good to hold and use.

      Started wrapping & Masking the interior. I must thank my Wife for helping me pack the stuff. Using clingwrap on steering Dia was also her Idea.

      1st coat of Primer-




      2nd coat-





      3rd Coat.

      Note how everything becomes very shiny and smooth 3rd coat onwards-





      4th coat-



      I have used more coats as These Command controls are very frequently touched, I wanted to build up the layers so the paint may last as long as possible.


      2nd coat-





      3rd coat-





      5th coat-



      6th or was that 7th don't know-



      Final product with 3 layers of Clear added on-







      How the Interior Looks now-







      The Gloss and feel Is Immaculate-



      After about 1 year of use, I am Thankful to report that the paint has stayed on and looks as fresh as on Day one. I have used the Same wheel Paint, Which I believe is designed to resist abrasion and as a benefit it stays on The levers quite well. No fading or chipping observed , even after leaving the car in sun for a week. Now Whats next?

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      Have you done any surface preparation before painting the steering wheel and gear levers?
      Also can this paint be used for painting the dashboard? Will it last longer?
      My Palio's dashboard colour is faded and I want to paint it.

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      I had cleaned it Properly. Just that.
      Use 3 step process.

      1. Primer (4~5 Coats)
      2. Paint (7 to 9 coats)
      3. Clear (atleast 2~3)

      Always use very thin coats. Thinner the better.

      Then wax it every month or so.

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      bhvm, do you feel going pure black would have looked out of place in Safari?

      Things look great btw. Wonder how much of effort you have put on collectively to bring it to this stage?

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      Quote Originally Posted by rksingh1 View Post
      bhvm, do you feel going pure black would have looked out of place in Safari?

      Things look great btw. Wonder how much of effort you have put on collectively to bring it to this stage?
      Yes.
      There is no Black element in Safari Theme.
      It would look odball as well as the fact that I do not like black interiors and I feel they look cheap.
      The graphite Paint I have used is Put by TATA itsef for front Grille (Check any front facing photo). That, along with the wheels and now interior controls complete the theme.

      Effort? You say.
      BTW Thanks!

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      Ankoor72 - Please use the multi-quote feature and quote only what you need to. Quoting a whole post with all the pictures makes it very to difficult to read. If your using taptalk and if multi-quote doesnt work, then dont quote the post at all. Instead use @mention.

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      C13 Driver seat height adjustment lever

      Forgot to take pic of faded lever. Here is 1st & 2nd paint-





      Done-

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