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Rubberized interior coating repair?

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by f355al, Sep 15, 2004.

  1. f355al

    f355al Karting

    Jun 23, 2004
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    Los Angeles area
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    Uncle Al
    Has anyone found a way of repairing the thin black rubberized coating as found on the door handles, center instrument cluster bezel, steering wheel support shroud, etc. of the F355? It is easy to scratch and begins to look scruffy.

    Thanks in advance, Al.
     
  2. Enzo

    Enzo F1 Rookie

    Feb 14, 2002
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    Pat Pasqualini
    Never heard of them doing that (sarcasm) Take a look through the archives. There is a ton of info on what to do. You can clean them with a ton of scrubbing or you can replace with stock parts or some people on this site have been manufacturing new pieces that won't gunk up
     
  3. sparta49

    sparta49 F1 Veteran
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    Mar 3, 2001
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    Frank

    geez, next somebody is going to say the 348 gets gummy switches and door handles :)
     
  4. pflowers

    pflowers Karting

    Oct 31, 2003
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    Dothan, Alabama
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    Paul Flowers
    I have used lacquer thinner and a nylon scrub pad to clean the gum off of the parts then spray them with Krylon simiflat black paint. They will look like new. It is a messy job but worth the effort.
     
  5. Doc

    Doc Formula Junior

    Sep 13, 2001
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    Latham, New York
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    Bill Van Dyne
    A friend of mine w a 348 used pure alcohol to romove the gummy surface.
     
  6. delaney

    delaney Formula Junior

    Nov 8, 2003
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    St Petersburg, FL
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    PETER DELANEY

    Check the thread I started about the center console bubbling.

    I've done a bunch of this on my 355. Door handles, steering column shroud, switches, 1/4 panel on door frame, cig. tray, center console .......

    Some had to be stripped with methyl ethyl ketone ... I tried alcohol .. didn't work too well for me.

    Some i used a strong blade on to scrape the mess off, then followed with wet/dry paper.

    very very time consuming. Pained with satin black ... looks fine.

    Check the referenced thread for some pictures ... my bits were pretty bad.



    Pete
     
  7. f355al

    f355al Karting

    Jun 23, 2004
    53
    Los Angeles area
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    Uncle Al
    I did the homework and did an archive search before doing the post, (using the terms "Rubberized Interior Coating Repair") and came up with zilch.

    (Anyone have any better search terms??? I'd love to see that archive.)

    One solution I have successfully used on METAL only parts is that I had the ash tray lid powder coated with the flattest black they had in stock, and it is a great solution for that kind of part. A steal at $10 a shot.

    However, it won't work on plastic parts like the steering wheel hub surround, center instrument bezel, etc. due to the process temperatures used - kinda melts the housing).

    How can Ferrari do this kind of work on one of their cars and get away with it, I wonder.

    Thanks in advance, Al (first time poster) C.
     
  8. 355Aloha

    355Aloha Karting

    Feb 15, 2004
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    Honolulu Hawaii
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    John N
    "How can Ferrari do this kind of work on one of their cars and get away with it, I wonder."

    They Do. WE LET THEM.

    The cats, headers, ECUs, thenmal couple, bubling AC switches, Air Bag shrinkage in the corners, wire harness througth fire wall the short and AC fuses that melt.

    If we all stick together may be we can gang up on Ferrari on these problems. If you go throught the old Ferrari Chat threads we have all the evidence we need.

    Does another Ferreri chat person out in the community know how we can get together and do somethig about these peoblems.

    No other car producer in the world get away with this type of customer .-.-.
     
  9. f355 Nashville

    f355 Nashville Karting

    Feb 5, 2004
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    Ting
    there is a spray called tri-clean
    it melts the goo right off. you can find a link to a website that sells the stuff on one of my other posts.
     
  10. mr308gtb

    mr308gtb Formula Junior

    Sep 12, 2004
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    MeestahBig
    Ive found that full strength Simple Green takes the stuff off really well. It leaves the plastic underneath in good shape too.
     
  11. delaney

    delaney Formula Junior

    Nov 8, 2003
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    PETER DELANEY

    Try a search on 'Center Console' .. you'll find the thread I started.

    Pete
     
  12. SrfCity

    SrfCity F1 Veteran

    Nov 1, 2003
    9,842
    Orange County, CA
    If it's not too extensive I'd just touch it up using a matching paint with a small brush or toothpick to fill it in. I've done it and you can't tell. As far as the goo just use a solvent I'd imagine, heck just a little gas will do the trick.
     
  13. bamaman

    bamaman Karting

    Nov 27, 2015
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    Mobile Alabama
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    William M (B.J.) Lyon, Jr.
    it takes a LOT of elbow grease and scraping no matter what solvent type stuff you use.
     

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