'68 XR7 under dash color

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'68 XR7 under dash color

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Post by ah923 » 04 Apr 2018, 15:27

I have out the glove box and ash tray and would like to freshen them up. Should they be a flat black or are they a semi flat black? TIA

Joe

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Post by Blitz » 04 Apr 2018, 15:43

It's actually a charcoal black with a tiny bit of metallic in it. We found an aerosol that's an excellent match. My coworker here has used it on some steering columns and was happy with it, but he noted that it's a bit slow to dry. Link: https://www2.cougarpartscatalog.com/int ... ougar.html
-Andrew Chenovick
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-1968 Mercury Cougar: original family owned, Polar White, 289-2V, auto, AC / "Snowball" view project thread
-1973 Opel Manta: 1.9L, 5-speed (restored)
-1991 Mazda Miata: fun driver
-1986 Volvo 240: dependable beater / "Goldilocks"
-1992 Volvo 240 wagon: classy hauling machine

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Post by ah923 » 04 Apr 2018, 19:20

Thank you

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Post by pellets4fuel » 06 Apr 2018, 08:08

Joe are you talking about the color inside those components (glove box liner, and inside the ashtray)? If your are I believe all the plastic glove box liners were molded in black plastic, and a flat black may be too flat. A paint for plastic in a semi gloss might be better IMO. Inside ashtray I believe was/is suppose to be natural, or maybe zinc plated? So a silver or a chrome paint may freshen that up.
I believe Andy might be talking about the dash facing, not inside those pieces. I just scrubbed my plastic up good, and I think it looks nice. Getting the map clip and it's rivets the original zinc tone a little trickier, unless you remove and replace with the right rivets. On my ashtray, I bead blasted and clear coated. Don't quite look original, and the clear coat still don't protect against eventual rust, but has looked nice for about 10 years now. It don't get used of course.
Andy, are you talking about paint for the dash face, as you also bring up steering columns?
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Re: '68 XR7 under dash color

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Post by Blitz » 06 Apr 2018, 14:39

Yep I was talking about the exterior "surface" paint for those items, along with the lower dash structure and steering column on XR-7's. Base models were color-matched to the upholstery.

There is a reproduction '68 ashtray available, which is one way to get a new fresh zinc coating, but it's never quite the same as the original.
-Andrew Chenovick
Photo/Video guy for WEST COAST CLASSIC COUGAR, INC.
Side Gig: FLYING A PHOTOGRAPHY


RIDES:
-1968 Mercury Cougar: original family owned, Polar White, 289-2V, auto, AC / "Snowball" view project thread
-1973 Opel Manta: 1.9L, 5-speed (restored)
-1991 Mazda Miata: fun driver
-1986 Volvo 240: dependable beater / "Goldilocks"
-1992 Volvo 240 wagon: classy hauling machine

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Re: '68 XR7 under dash color

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Post by pellets4fuel » 06 Apr 2018, 15:35

Andy,
Guess I didn't know that all XR7 had the same color dash structure and standards were color matched. Maybe Joe was talking about outside surface then. I'm bad :)
David Siedschlag
#16306 1967 Lime Frost S-code, Ivy gold interior
4-speed, A/C, sports console, AM-8track.
1980 Toyota truck, woodgas powered
22re 4x4

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Post by ah923 » 06 Apr 2018, 17:40

Dave

I was talking about the exterior surfaces but appreciate your input. Sounds like you did a much more complete refurbishment than I plan on doing but now I thinking "Maybe just a little more detail". Thanks again.

Joe

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Post by Steve68Cougar » 15 Apr 2018, 21:54

I painted my dash with the product Andy was referring to. I would also say it seems fairly slow to dry, but looks nice. If you do end up looking at painting plastic interior parts, you might consider the SEM Color Match products. I've been really happy with the results.
68 Cougar -Augusta Green
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