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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:54 pm

I'm just gonna get new carpet, it's the weird cloth inserts in the middle of the seats I'm working on. It's almost like a burlap-ish material. I'll post a pic.
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:15 pm

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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:18 pm

Here's the interior with the darker "buckskin" dash and the "Light Buckskin" seats,panels etc.

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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:22 pm

I tried the Plasticote Buckskin...not even close.
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Post by Dinomyte on Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:01 am

Hi Roadcaptain S3. I'm in the same boat. I spent the better part of last year looking for a paint that would be the right colour and found nothing! I mean NOTHING that was the same. I finally decided that SEM was the best product and got what was close Santa Fe 15123, it's the colour from '75. In my case it will match the colour of the vinyl from the buckets and bench I have from a '75 Malibu.

Thanks for the picture of the front bench. It's very nice looking, not to mention I was going to paint my belt buckles, but yours are chrome. Looks better that way.
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:40 am

I've got SEM buckskin on the way. I'm if that doesn't work, I'm going to try VHT buckskin and/or SEM Palomino and i"ll give your suggestion a try as well. Thanks.

I've been looking at various threads from C3 vette forums and mid seventies Chevy trucks. It's wild how many variations of tan and brown that GM used in interiors those years. It's hard to tell the difference between Doeskin, Buckskin, Lt. Buckskin, Sand and Saddle from one year to the next. All very similar. I've decided to just get several different dyes and try them out side by side until I can figure out which is closest. Fortunately, most of the ones I'm trying are $10 a can or less. I'm sticking with Duplicolor, VHT and SEM because I've used them all before and had good results.

Once I figure that out, my plan is to do the seat inserts, console and carpet in the same shade. I've never dyed cloth or carpet before so it should be fun to try.
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Post by Wallyuph on Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:51 am

If you are doing a hole interior go to your paint supplier and ask them to mix up the SEM color you want in a Qt can then you can use a regular paint sprayer gun to shoot it all one time. This is what I did with mine but I had them mix me a color to match my leather. I also sprayed clear over them with a flattening agent in it for right sheen to it. I would just go with the SEM paint rattle cans if you are just doing a few pieces but a whole color change this is the way to go. You don't have to do the clear coat I just wanted to try it. Painting Interior Plastic - Page 2 <a href=Painting Interior Plastic - Page 2 Img_3910" />
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:04 am

Thanks Wally, I'll try that route.

I'll likely have to take the columns somewhere and have the new one painted to match the one coming out, so maybe the body shop can recommend someone locally that mixes that kind of paint. I can't find anybody within forty miles that will.

Forecast is for single digit temps this week, so I won't be doing any actual painting for a while yet. I still have to strip the interior and weld some brackets too.
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Post by Wallyuph on Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:05 pm

Roadcaptain S3 wrote:Thanks Wally, I'll try that route.

I'll likely have to take the columns somewhere and have the new one painted to match the one coming out, so maybe the body shop can recommend someone locally that mixes that kind of paint. I can't find anybody within forty miles that will.

Forecast is for single digit temps this week, so I won't be doing any actual painting for a while yet. I still have to strip the interior and weld some brackets too.

Your welcome.
Its -4 below here right now. Looking a deep freeze this week.
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Post by Wallyuph on Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:11 pm

If you get a can of SEM that is a good match they sell it by the QT at summit racing.
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/smm-15014?seid=srese1&gclid=CI-7o6jc-sICFRSAaQodnicAZw

If you cant find a local paint supply to mix it up for you. Mine is interior plastic paint they mixed but was to flat like base coat for auto paint so they put too much flattening agent in it.  so I mixed up some clear with my own flatner in and sprayed over. Much like a base coat clear coat paint job.

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