Kristian Grimsland
Associate Editor, Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
January 1, 2013
Photos By: Marc Christ

Last month, we installed Design Engineering's Boommat sound-deadening into our Coyote coupe, and also measured and cut our quarter-trim pieces for the Kenny Brown rollbar. We also installed the weatherstripping supplied to us by National Parts Depot. In this issue, we get to the meat and potatoes and finally begin installation of our all-new interior.

Before we could start assembly, we wanted to give our interior trim pieces a makeover. As we mentioned in our last issue, we decide to dye our original pieces black to do away with the factory blue trim color. National Parts Depot (NPD) sent us several of its cleaning and prep products, along with factory black dye to help us to make the change.

To begin the dyeing process, a thorough cleaning of all the interior pieces was needed. This is probably the most crucial step when dyeing or painting anything. We went to work scrubbing each piece with NPD's soap cleaner (PN 39362) and a hard-bristle brush. It's a good idea to scrub each piece multiple times to ensure cleanliness, and using a bristled brush helps to clean inside the porcelain crevices. Once clean, we set each piece aside to dry, making sure to place them away from potential dust and fine particles that could adhere to the pieces.

Once dry, it was time to begin the second phase of cleaning. Using the plastic and leather prep from NPD (PN C-CPA), we sprayed each interior piece with the cleaner one at a time, using a microfiber cloth to wipe them clean. This should leave a very dry, textured feel to the pieces.

Once our interior pieces were prepped and ready for dyeing, we set up a wind-free work area to begin the process. Before dyeing the pieces, we sprayed each with a medium coat of sand-free adhesion spray (PN AP-SF) from NPD. We started by placing the piece upside down to spray the edges and ensure the whole piece was properly covered.

After spraying the adhesion, we immediately sprayed the piece with the new black dye. After about three to five coats with about five minutes of drying time between each coat, we then flipped the piece over to spray the front.

Spray the dye from about 6 to 8 inches away from the interior piece. This may seem like a very light coat, but after about the third coat, you'll begin to see the results piece together.

After about two hours, we were finally finished and it was time to begin installation.

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