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Anyone done this yet? How? Is the gear shift knob and lockout once piece and assume it's threaded on.

I'm thinking of painting the center tunnel body color (like HRM car) or wrinkle black.
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The gear shift knob unscrews.
 

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Chris, I was thinking the same thing. The surround around the a/c controls looks like it matches the center plastic as well so it may looks sweet to paint it as well.
 

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01 Cover
05 Plastic Fastene, tunnel fix Qty 5 (4 front tunnel) 1 on cover I think.
12 Screw, pan hd, pozi Qty 2
13 Washer, flat Qty 2
14 Spire Nut, plastic Qty 2

5 seems to hold to the phone/cup holder.
It seems there are two screws one on the left of the cover and one on the right.
 

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They are from the older S2 but should be very similar if not the same.
 

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Thanks Miguel,
I didn't think to look in my s2 manual (got it on adobe! would love for the 111R manual to come out the same way)

Yep removing the tunnel looks dead easy.
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Please show pics when your work is done. I'd like to see this.
 

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Great!

Derek said:
What do you think of BRP painted center console?
That looks terrific. Sally forth men and paint yer center tunnels to match your auto colors!
 

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i like the painted center console but i don't like how the color just stops in the middle. You should continue painting that swiss cheese part to make it all one color. Looks more even that way, IMHO.
 

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I am quite impressed (and surprised) at how much I like the painted center console. My concern would be how it would hold up to the driver and passenger's feat and legs over time. Perhaps some 3M film for it?

I like the swiss cheese aluminum feet separator being plain aluminum.
 

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That's pretty cool Derek. It would be even more dramatic if you could sand and fill the surface before painting and then sand again afterwards, so it's a smooth glossy finish. Maybe a bit too neat? It will take some effort. Something like this is what comes to mind:
 

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The HRM Elise-

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There you go, perfect (was late to see the other thread). You could apply film to it, but that takes away from the beautification of it at such a close proximity. I'd just wax it, but then again, I hate the film aesthetically. It may scratch up quite a bit...
 

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That's pretty cool Derek. It would be even more dramatic if you could sand and fill the surface before painting and then sand again afterwards, so it's a smooth glossy finish. Maybe a bit too neat? It will take some effort. Something like this is what comes to mind:
I haven't actually done it... YET! That's just a quick Photoshop so we could get a feel for what it would actually look like. If I get it done I will definitely make sure the finish is smooth and glossy to match the body work. I wonder how much it would cost to get it painted. Anyone have any idea?
 

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Derek -

Call Curt @ Ascot and ask who they have do paint work for them. He's bound to know who does the best jobs around here since they have RR & Bentley. I talked to him about getting paint work done before and I remember it was someplace in Corrapolis.

I really wouldn't do the 3M protectant. It would look wierd and plastic would scratch* much more easily than paint. The paint's hardness should keep incidental scratches off well.

* The interior scratches would come from things like fingernails, dog claws, clothing... not keys or rocks or such...
 

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For some who might not be aware...local auto paint shops can custom mix Lotus paint no problem. And supply it to you in high quality aerosol spray paint cans. Just give them your paint code (near driver's seat frame rail) and they can do it. I'm picking up a can later today, about 25 dollars. For painting plastics, make sure you get whatever they suggest, or apply over Krylon fusion. For the interior console it would be nice to have some touch up paint and this is one way to do it. You can touch up a nick with a paint brush after spraying a bit of paint onto something nonporous.
 
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