Back on topic...
I am definitely going to do my beat up shift knob with the black carbon fiber wrap.
I ordered a sample sheet of 3M Di-Noc for $8 that will be big enough to do the job.
Took about 15 minutes total, cost: $8.00
Pry shifter boot down w/ a small flathead screwdriver. It will snap down. This will expose a #15 torx head (star) set screw. Remove it and lift the shifter knob off. The shifter can be separated using a flathead screwdriver.
The leather on mine was pretty beat up so I went ahead and removed it. Nice piano black under that, started to leave it like that.
I just cut the film about an 1/4" larger than the flat surface of the shifter. Heated it up pretty good with a hair dryer then started at the bottom and worked my way up from the middle to the outer edges. Applied more heat when needed to turn the corners down. Peel up and rework if you get any bad creases / bubbles. It went pretty smooth with no major issues. This was my first time applying 3M film and might have just have to do some more.
Last edited by Hammerhead100; 07-29-13 at 06:02 PM.
Really nice job, thanks for the info!
Just ordered enough 3m Di-Noc matte black carbon fiber vinyl to cover all of the cheap-a$$ looking "carbon fiber" trim inside the car. 36" x 48" sheet for $60 sure beats the cost of real CF.
Will post up some pics when it's done.
Of course it is tempting to try to shortcut this job and just do some of it it in place. I'm going to remove everything first and do it right the first time.
The dash pieces will just pry off pretty easily using a cheap nylon trim removal tool.
How to remove door panel to get to door CF or wood trim insert mounting nuts: (don't try to pry these off!)
How to remove console trim pieces without destroying them: (just poking around, they felt very tight)
Don't forget to use primer on edges... ***EDIT*** these pens are POS
Last edited by Hammerhead100; 08-16-13 at 08:42 PM.
Okay, now I'm really confused...
Got everything done except the door panel trim pieces. Pulled the door panel but the crappy carbon fiber trim pieces don't have any mounting studs / nuts like shown in the post referenced above.
It all seems to be "welded" together with those black melted plastic rivets and won't freaking budge. I can't imagine trying to do these pieces while still on the door....
How could these ever be replaced other than a whole new door skin???
Only option seems to be to cut / grind the "rivet" heads off and then re-attach the trim pieces with heavy duty double sided tape or hot glue? Not liking that at all
***EDIT*** Only the driver's door was like that (1st one I pulled) the other 3 door had the stud / nut holding the trim on
Last edited by Hammerhead100; 08-16-13 at 01:27 PM.
Project is complete and looks good. Will post pics when it stops raining here.
What to do with those left-over pieces?
Pictures don't do this justice IMO, looks much better in person
Last edited by Hammerhead100; 08-18-13 at 09:34 PM.