DIY: Interior Styling Project (PHOTOS)

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DIY: Interior Styling Project (PHOTOS)

Postby adelion - July 30th, 2012, 12:18 pm

This has always been one of things I didn't understand: how Ford decide what parts and trims of interior should be in which color. And here is how I changed the story.

I own white exterior with black leather interior XTL E with sunroof. I didn't see a point in buying "top-of-the-line" limited/SAP version if it is only visually different, but at the same time here is what bothered me as a designer:
1. I have only one chrome thing in my interior - it's a trim on a central console. Why to put chrome at all if it is not matching a color of any other trims? (simplest design rule)
2. I have front armrests painted in central console goldish silver and back armrests in black. Why not to make things reciprocally?
3. All the interior behind the driver row is monotone black and boring. Whyyyy??? :wall:

When I bought my E, sales rep in the top-selling dealership told me that this is the most practical and popular set and that they don't even have other interior color options. I checked myself and everyone of about 20 white Escapes had the same interior!

I decided to take it as is, leaving a HUUUUGE interior decorating question to Ford designers.

It's well enough of negativity, time for the bright side: all the things mentioned gave more freedom to my fantasy!

And here is what it ended up with. I have:
1. Unmounted front ventilation trims and painted them in matching goldish silver
2. Unmounted back armrests and painted them in matching goldish silver
3. Unmounted both front and back door handle panels and painted them in matching goldish silver
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Re: DIY: Interior Styling Project (PHOTOS)

Postby adelion - July 30th, 2012, 12:19 pm

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Re: DIY: Interior Styling Project (PHOTOS)

Postby adelion - July 30th, 2012, 12:21 pm

Materials used:
1. Duplicolor Perfect-match Honda auto paint (Canadian Tire item# 047-2633)
2. Duplicolor primer

Project time: 6 hours
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Re: DIY: Interior Styling Project (PHOTOS)

Postby MiggyTheTank - July 30th, 2012, 12:57 pm

looks great! :thumb:
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Re: DIY: Interior Styling Project (PHOTOS)

Postby JSBPhotos - July 30th, 2012, 1:16 pm

Great Job and thanks for sharing your Ideas. :thumb:
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Re: DIY: Interior Styling Project (PHOTOS)

Postby FRENCHY - July 30th, 2012, 2:54 pm

Great job, well done :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: DIY: Interior Styling Project (PHOTOS)

Postby AREscape - July 31st, 2012, 12:14 am

Great work! I have the SAP, but I don't think I've ever paid attention to the back doors! I may have another mod in the near future!
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Re: DIY: Interior Styling Project (PHOTOS)

Postby DasMonkey - July 31st, 2012, 12:43 am

Crap........I've been trying to stay out of CanTire with the long weekend coming up.

Looks great and thank you for putting in the product number. :beer:
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Re: DIY: Interior Styling Project (PHOTOS)

Postby adelion - July 31st, 2012, 1:18 am

Thanks for your thanks, Guys! :beer:

I also wanted to share a part of the project that hasn't been completed yet: as I have mentioned my interior has only one chromed plastic part and it is a trim in a central console. For me it looks meaningless and I was planning to paint front vent trims and door handles (currently left them black) in chrome too so that it will make sense.

BUT. There is a problem. According to what several body-shop professionals told me and from my own attempts there is absolutely no possibility to pain plastic in chrome. I have spent almost $200 on different chrome spays from local CanadianTires and HomeDepots, but it was all worthless :) The maximum result that I have achieved was glossy silver.

So here is the question to you:
Do you know any way to chrome a plastic?

And I would really wanted to hear something from Limited version owners: do you have your door handles and vent trims chromed?
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Re: DIY: Interior Styling Project (PHOTOS)

Postby AREscape - August 1st, 2012, 1:42 pm

I have an XLT, but have the SAP option. It included the piano black trim, but my vents and handles are chrome.
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