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I owed John a favor and in anticipation of his Z06, he wanted a gloss black steering wheel bezel so I told him to buy the paint and the part and send it to me. It took all of an hour today to accommodate him.

So here's the steps:
1. sand lightly with 2500/3000 wet sand paper
2. wipe it w/ acetone and alcohol
3. one light dusting with rustoleum primer -wait 5 min
4. two light coats of chevy black - wait 10 min between coats, then wait 30 min
5. three coats of gloss clear - 10 min between coats

Paint at automotivetouchup.com, when you spray, move around the piece, spray in spritze's from all angles.

no sanding between any paints - and it's done. Now I will send to John and he will do 500 strokes with finishing polish, and then it'll be a Steinway piano super gloss lacquer finish!




the stock part john sent after sanding

the blackbasecoat

after 3 coats clear:
 

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Looks very nice Glen!
 

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Great job Glen. Should anyone mention to John that he doesn't have a car to mount it on :rolleyes: ?
 

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Shhh, don't tell John, for he thinks that putting this part under his pillow will make his Z come faster.

Seen many threads asking what do you do while waiting for a Corvette. I am already ordering/collecting parts, meeting with businesses who will help me do mods when it arrives, and related stuff. Today marks 14 months since I put down my deposit, and if lucky, will get it seven months from now, so 2/3's of the way and not crazy yet. (Well that part is debatable, better ask Annie how nuts I am...)

Back to this thread... I think this mod will be perfect for a Z06 with the carbon fiber FAY option, for with the Z's steering wheel already coming with a carbon fiber spoke as per below, a carbon fiber horn pad bezel would be, IMO too much.


Thanks Glen, especially for always providing all the information, so others can do the same mods as you!
 

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You really can overdo something like carbon fiber....I think this will look good, and by NOT making this CF, it accentuates any CF you have, like above. TOO MUCH CF makes me dizzy.....

Here's another pic after curing a few hours, very little polishing is gonna be needed:
 

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glen, you did an outstanding paint job on that piece, and thanks for posting step by step on your work & mods.

SF
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Great job, Glen! And a very kind gesture toward John! You Da Man!
 

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Wow!!! That looks amazing! You got a gift Glen.


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Yeah some gift....I never painted anything until last year. Watched about 10 you tube videos, and practiced on about 5 plastic switch plates.....never done any mod easier.....
 

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Yeah some gift....I never painted anything until last year. Watched about 10 you tube videos, and practiced on about 5 plastic switch plates.....never done any mod easier.....
I undertook my first paint job last night. Used your method and now am just waiting for the 3rd day so I can polish the finish. :D
 
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I undertook my first paint job last night. Used your method and now am just waiting for the 3rd day so I can polish the finish. :D
if oyu used the automotivetouchup stuff you can polish after 24 hours, I wait 48...but have done 24...it even says that on their site that 24 is ok...

3000 grit then finishing polish, like I said, 300-500 strokes or so, I usually do a little bit every day with a microfiber for 3-4 days........
 

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if oyu used the automotivetouchup stuff you can polish after 24 hours, I wait 48...but have done 24...it even says that on their site that 24 is ok...

3000 grit then finishing polish, like I said, 300-500 strokes or so, I usually do a little bit every day with a microfiber for 3-4 days........
Thanks for the finished information
 

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Hey Glen, there is an old saying " You can't be rich enough, or thin enough, or have too many CF mods on your Vette" .
 

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There will only be three carbon pieces in my interior, though I have seen interiors with many more than that look good!

Mine will have the factory optional FAY, the standard center steering wheel spoke, and the APSIS center console -- with its matte finish, reverse weave options that consequently exactly match the previous factory two pieces (thank you Steven Bell very, very much for showing me that one, and am aware that the center console itself needs two little "doors" for the cup holder and the power outlet).

If the comp seats worked for me (tried them for an hour and they do not), would have them with their beautiful carbon fiber.
 

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Also big tip: when you spray, move around the piece, spray it from diff angles....
Nice paint job. However, my preference would be a satin black finish, as there are no other glossy surfaces in the C-7 interior that I know of. Finger prints and dust would require constant wiping.
 

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Nice paint job. However, my preference would be a satin black finish, as there are no other glossy surfaces in the C-7 interior that I know of. Finger prints and dust would require constant wiping.

On a bezel, it never gets fingerprints as you don't touch it (mine is gloss going on 3 months, never cleaned) but matte gloss is just another selection on the paints avail. Have at it!
 

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How do you remove the bezel for painting?
Thanks
Alan
 
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