Bringing New Life to Your Interior
It's no secret that stock plastic is as exciting as your mom's mini-van; and Armor All can only make it so shiny. A great way to get rid of the stock look in your interior and still have the factory fitment is to smooth and paint the existing plastics. Looking back 6 or 7 years ago, paint and body shops went into fits trying to get paints and primers to stick to the ABS plastic surfaces used on most trucks.
Flash-forward to present day, the chemical industry has caught up with the plastic technology. Special adhesive promoters, two-part epoxies, and primers have made painting plastics a relative piece of cake. Gone are the days of throwing a dash cover over your plastics, or heaven-forbid: busting out the tweed. Now you can bring your custom paintjob inside of your cab. This process, while not extremely difficult, is much like many truck projects. Taking your time will yield huge dividends.
For our Project Sinatra F-150, we chose the shop that originally performed the custom paintwork, South County Customs in Lake Forest, California. Talking with shop owner Max Gilmore, we discussed which pieces would look best painted, then we threw around some ideas for those pesky A-pillars. His idea was to shave them. After explaining to us that shaving plastic wasn't a big deal anymore, we jumped at the idea and thought you, too, would enjoy seeing how the interior was made over with some color.
Don't forget, you spend most of your time inside your truck and making that aspect look good should be a top priority.
We arrived at South County Customs in Lake Forest, California, with one piece of the inter
The plastic panels were set on the prep table, where the needed parts to get them looking
Before any prepping or painting began, Javier began the interesting process of shaving the