How to restore and repaint interior vinyl

There’s patina and then there’s wear and tear. Our 1965 Corvette’s console and shifter surround were essentially in good shape, but we had some paint wear issues to fix.

While we are being careful to not kill this car’s lovely patina, the worn and peeled paint around the shifter looked a bit ugly.

Top Flight Automotive offers interior dye in the correct colors needed for Corvette restorers for about $30 per aerosol can.

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The key to repainting vinyl, like most jobs, lies in the prep. Before applying the top coat, clean, sand and prime the area. In this case, we also needed to carefully mask the chrome and shift pattern.

To paint this console, we used a Nason self-etching primer and then sprayed light coats of the dye. It dries almost instantly.

We’re quite happy with the way this project turned out. It was certainly worth the hour that it took to complete.

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300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
5/17/24 12:01 p.m.

Is this truly a dye, or a surface paint ??

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/17/24 12:43 p.m.

In reply to 300zxfreak :

It is listed as a dye

Noddaz
Noddaz PowerDork
5/17/24 2:00 p.m.

Looks great!  But now you did it.  Just look how bad the seatbelt buckles look...

Suddenly, the car is in 10,000 pieces.  

Dmorse
Dmorse New Reader
5/18/24 2:07 p.m.

There's no vinyl on the console. It's metal with paint. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/21/24 11:59 a.m.
Noddaz said:

Looks great!  But now you did it.  Just look how bad the seatbelt buckles look...

Suddenly, the car is in 10,000 pieces.  

Funny you should mention the buckles.... (Update on them coming soon.)

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