If I was going to switch a 2006 limited tan interior to black, what is the best way to do it? Should I find a junkyard with a wrecked escape with the black interior (nearly impossible) or is there a better way?
IMHO, that'd be a really big and expensive job. The seats, carpet, and dash would all need to be done. It'd look funny if just the seats were black.
I would just live with it as is and next time around get the color interior you really want.
If time, effort, and money isn't a prob for you, then I guess hitting the junkyards would work. Can't really think of a more inexpensive route than that one. You could try Craigslist and see if an owner of an Escape w/a black interior would like to switch to a tan interior. :shrug:
I have a black interior. The upholstery is dark. My door interior panels are black. The carpet and dashboard are black also. It looks good when clean. But i have to admit ,with the australian dry and dusty conditions of summer, it can be a pain maintaining it.
The seat upholstery, appears to stay clean easily enough. But the floor carpet and dashboard areas attract dust with no effort. When it gets like this, i allways have the cabin detailed. Do not regret having a black interior, because when its clean the effect is sophisticated luxury. There is allways a compromise somewhere.
To me black looks elegant in a car interior. When it becomes grubby, i have it cleaned. It would be nice if dust could be eliminated. But then i suppose ,this is an element of nature we attempt to tolerate.
try one of those mini dust mops. like seen on tv the one that collects dust even on window blinds, and electronics,my buddy keeps one in his truck all the time and just runts it along the dash every so pften.
but as for changing interiors, have fun. and it could get expensive real quick.
Beleive it or not, sometimes finding an Escape with an interior that ISN'T Tan, is a difficult task in some places. When I went to the dealerships looking for a 2nd Gen Limited with a Black interior, it was almost impossible. Seemed everyone in Ottawa and the Valley wanted Tan interiors. My Silver Escape was the first one I found with a clean black interior, and it's the one I decided to buy. Same will go if my Wife and I decide to buy another vehicle...interior HAS to be Black or Charcoal. I agree with the others on here that it just looks more upscale... :cigar:
Easiest way to convert the interior, is to find one at the wreckers, or auction vehicles, and buy/strip the interior and swap it into yours. Or, you could do something crazy like go on Craigslist and do a straight trade for someone with another Escape with a black interior. Other than selling yours and buying another one, those are the only easy solutions.
Actually, you COULD get Katskinz Leather covers for your original seats, then paint your interior panels with proper plastic bonding agent, and plastic paint (Like VHT). By doing this, you'd have a completely custom interior...maybe start changing the lighting to different colours too...
find junk yard escape and take it's complete black interior. a car with external damage. even if you do find one you also have consider if its crashed the air bags may have deployed but even if you have to search out every piece its still cheaper than buying the OEM pieces from the dealer! there is interior dye for the plastic panels but the seats will either need to be reupholstered or replaced with a set of appropriate color.