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Old 02-22-2007
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paint radio faceplate

i dont know if its been done before... but has anyone ever painted the stock radio/cd player face? and does it pop off somehow, i was lookin at it today when i thought of this, but i was WAY too lazy to pull it out and look myself.
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Ummm i try not to put paint in a heavily used area....i wouldnt do it...

If you did, you would have to scuff up the surface really good to make it stick....

but then you would have any lights at dark.....and it would just be plain....


Good idea but i wouldnt do it
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thats what i was thinkin.. i dont think i ever really wanted to do it, but it would probably look pretty cool during the day
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then yeah. It has been done quite a bit around here (RF).
There are two bolts that are located just above the HVAC controls that you have to remove. From there the plate just pops off.
I actually did the bezel, the cup holders, and the part of the door panel where the handle is. in the pics the blue looks kinda fruity but it is a lot more subdued in person. I like it and with a couple coats of clear there should be no wear issues. As you can see i didn't clear them and i can see some to the light fingernail marks around the handles but nothing that can't be rubbed out.Name:  PICT0627.jpg
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if you want more info you can go look through the interior forums and there should be plenty of info.
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why would it not light up? As long as you dont paint the buttons on the radio, you'll still get illumination..
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Brandyn thats cool.....i think im gonna do mine red to match my exterior
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thanks, and be sure to throw on a couple coats of clear, i think i may pull mine back off and spray a little on there here soon.
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i think he meant the RADIO faceplate.
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yes the face of the radio...we all got that....thread just went in a diff direction.
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haha, "oh!"

i totally didn't read the whole thread
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sorry not tryin to be a d!ck....i figured you didnt read it all
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Visteon, the maker of the stock head units, has another faceplate for it that is a dark grey color...it's sold in the Fords found in Mexico...i'm sure it could be done

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oh sry man i completely miss understood
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Visteon, the maker of the stock head units, has another faceplate for it that is a dark grey color...it's sold in the Fords found in Mexico...i'm sure it could be done

Visteon Corp.
Aw that is cool.

What you could do though is either take a picture or write down what each of the buttons do, spray the faceplace your color, then go to a local sticker/vinyl place and have them make you stickers for the buttons. Or you could do the same thing except cover the current lettering with the stickers or whatnot, paint, peel them off, then clear it. That way the buttons would still have Illumination.
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Aw that is cool.

What you could do though is either take a picture or write down what each of the buttons do, spray the faceplace your color, then go to a local sticker/vinyl place and have them make you stickers for the buttons. Or you could do the same thing except cover the current lettering with the stickers or whatnot, paint, peel them off, then clear it. That way the buttons would still have Illumination.
if i was gonna paint the faceplate i would just find a way to either detach it from the assembly or mask all the buttons, cd slot and disply off...it would still look cool with a whatever color face and black buttons...plus you won't lose your backlighting...
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True, But I would want the thing all one color. Either all black, or all another color. If you knew where all the buttons were and what they did, I think It would look cool monochrome. Very clean too without a bunch of writing on it.
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What about trying a transparent paint i know sometimes transparent will show up with a background, but then would let the light shine through just maybe a different color? May be crazy but just an idea
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What about trying a transparent paint i know sometimes transparent will show up with a background, but then would let the light shine through just maybe a different color? May be crazy but just an idea

well if you're painting over a factory black face all you're gonna do is candy coat it...it will just give it a different color tint showing up on top of the black..
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whats up with the brake pedal in the ashtray?
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I saw an all silver radio on ebay before (silver buttons too) that said it came out of a sport trac.
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i would only do it if i could detach the faceplate somehow cuz of the lights, but i havent taken a look at it. i just thought i would look pretty cool... (my bezel is painted already
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um if this is what your taking about...
then yeah. It has been done quite a bit around here (RF).
There are two bolts that are located just above the HVAC controls that you have to remove. From there the plate just pops off.
I actually did the bezel, the cup holders, and the part of the door panel where the handle is. in the pics the blue looks kinda fruity but it is a lot more subdued in person. I like it and with a couple coats of clear there should be no wear issues. As you can see i didn't clear them and i can see some to the light fingernail marks around the handles but nothing that can't be rubbed out.

if you want more info you can go look through the interior forums and there should be plenty of info.
the blue on this looks sweat!im thinking of doing that to my truck what kind of paint did you use.like spray paint or real car paint.my brother paints cars now a days and did his car interior with real car paint and a bunch of clear coat but im wondering if its worth it price wise.

and as to the question of painting the radio were you talking about the console?because i was reading about ppl talking about the buttons etc.hmmm i dont know how great of an idea that is.it would be hella hard i think.like to get it just right.it might look good but i dunno i wouldnt do it.. just get and up graded consule that looks real good.
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https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...axxis+buckshot

scroll down the page, someone painted the radio face red

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the blue on this looks sweat!im thinking of doing that to my truck what kind of paint did you use.like spray paint or real car paint.my brother paints cars now a days and did his car interior with real car paint and a bunch of clear coat but im wondering if its worth it price wise.

i just picked up some metal speck (not Flake) auto paint in an arosal can from NAPA. Two cans of that and three cans of a fair quality clear (which will go on when i get the time pull everything back off). That should do ya.
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scroll down the page, someone painted the radio face red

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Yep that was me and it was very easy and still looks great and BTW i used the 3 step shimrins base, candy and clear from wally world.
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