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I'm looking for a dash kit for my 05 EX in Sunset Orange to match the exterior. I don't want any pattern like carbon or wood, just a high gloss painted kit.

Is this available?


(PS: This is my first post! We just purchased the Element yesterday!)
 

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There is NOT a dash kit in the stock color SOP
However, there are a couple of members that have painted their own interiors
Do a search for painted dash
The Rube is a great one to draw inspiration from
Welcome
Let the modifications begin

You need to post some pictures as it sits today and make sure you fill in your profile so folks can help slant the answers to your questions to your location
(ie: what applies in Denver doesn't always apply to Arizona or the East Coast)
 

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Thanks! I'm surprised that there's not a SOP out there. hmmmm.

How close is the eDash color? They have some nice looking products. I may look into painting however it's not someone I can do myself. Can any paint shop do it?

I filled in my details. I purchased my E yesterday. It's an 05 with 22K miles.
 

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They probably could do it although they might charge a pretty penny for it. What panels are you looking to have done? I have a booth and Sharpe spray guys that want some "me time" :) I also have a small can of sunset orange pearl that i did the lip of my new DR34 wheels with.
 

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I just want around the three gauges and the center dash around the radio, air controls and AT shifter lever.
 

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I just want around the three gauges and the center dash around the radio, air controls and AT shifter lever.
I am assuming that you want just the 3 rings around the cluster and the black protion around the radio shifter, sort of like the SC's are done?


Steve,
Check these SOP's out
The very 1st one is THE RUBE.................
http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45261&highlight=SOP
Very nice. Looks like they got all those plastics nice and smooth before painting. Did you do it or did you have it done? Lots of sanding and body work to smooth those out :)
 

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I am assuming that you want just the 3 rings around the cluster and the black protion around the radio shifter, sort of like the SC's are done?




Very nice. Looks like they got all those plastics nice and smooth before painting. Did you do it or did you have it done? Lots of sanding and body work to smooth those out :)
The Rube belongs to someone else - but yes he did say in his posts (search function is your friend) that there was a lot of sanding - I don't recall that there was any "bodywork"(filler) - strickly the plastic was painted
 

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The Rube belongs to someone else - but yes he did say in his posts (search function is your friend) that there was a lot of sanding - I don't recall that there was any "bodywork"(filler) - strickly the plastic was painted
Must have used ALOT of filler primer then. :)
 

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Now that I look at it, I don't really want as much as Tango has.

I want the trim piece that goes from the top of the dash all the way down and around. Not inside the AC controls or next to the shifter. This is the plastic "ring" that actually snaps off I think.

I also want the three gauge cluster that is silver now and the two round air vents to be SOP.

I think that would be a nice, subtle touch.

Can you make those pieces smooth and glossy Yoda without too much work?
 

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It would take a bit of prep work to make sure it is done right but i wouldnt see it being a big problem. Real automotive paint so it matches isnt cheap. I would put just materials (primer, paint, reducer, hardener, etc) around 50 bucks. Again, this is colormatched Dupont or Sikkens paint, not a 3 dollar walmart can of Krylon. :)
 

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I had my rear spoiler painted SOP by a local paint shop for $100. So I figure you could probably count on about that much to do all the interior pieces you mentioned. It's not as much paint, but there's a lot of prep work. It's the labor that gets ya!
 

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The center panel trim piece is all one part, right?

How do I remove it, the gauge cluster and vent rings? Is there a guide for that?
 

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All right, here's the tease.................I looked @ Tango's posts and that color is a little light for an SOP
Now here comes the fun part - after talking with eDashkits, they told me the Orange/Carbon Fiber matches the SOP color - had a sample sent. I can tell you it matches REALLY REALLY WELL
so I ordered a set and will install this weekend and post pic's

One thing I know for sure - it's going to take a lot of cleaning and prep work (my e is 6 years old and has been used as a field/construction vehicle for me)
Pictures will be forth coming............stay tuned for a new Thread
 

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Now that I look at it, I don't really want as much as Tango has.

I want the trim piece that goes from the top of the dash all the way down and around. Not inside the AC controls or next to the shifter. This is the plastic "ring" that actually snaps off I think.

I also want the three gauge cluster that is silver now and the two round air vents to be SOP.

I think that would be a nice, subtle touch.

Can you make those pieces smooth and glossy Yoda without too much work?
Sorta like this? I have just the Vent and guage cluster rings painted too...

http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showpost.php?p=766636&postcount=15
 

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