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Interior trim color change questions

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by HammerHead, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. Jan 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM
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    HammerHead

    HammerHead [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Pipe dream right now, but wanted to know what you guys (gals) thought about this. My Taco has the beige interior, and although not an issue, I would love to go to an all black interior (maybe some red accents, haven't figured the exact color scheme yet). Has anyone murdered their interior? I've been prowling around the forums, but haven't come across anything yet.

    Questions:
    1) Did Toyota ever do a black interior (mainly the dash, but other trim and molding)? My thought is I could slowly gather the pieces over time with visits to my local junkyards. Figure it won't cost much if I gradually collect.

    2) What do you think about using a bed-liner (smooth finish) on some of the moldings/trim and in particular the dash? I would want an original look. Not even going to attempt if it comes out looking like crap, or clearly sprayed on.

    3) Keep hitting the pipe Jake, it ain't going to happen unless you go custom and get ready to shell out your kids college funds.

    The carpet, headliner, and seats could be easily addressed (unless you guys know something about replacing the headliner, a buddy of mine says its pretty easy, just painful), its mainly the dash I would have concerns with.

    Just thinking outloud really. This project would be on down the road, or remain in the pipe so to speak.

    Jake
     
  2. Jan 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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    Madjik_Man

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    1. I think in the 01-04 models they made a charcoal interior, which is as close to black as you can get. I have seen black carpet kits for sale too for around $120.

    2. I think it would look horrible. I would just use dash paint and vinyl paint on the vinyl parts.

    I am slowly going to change the color scheme on my interior also. I currently have that light gray/blue interior. Part of me wants to paint the dash but I am hesitant because of how shitty it might look and truth be told I've always been a "function over fashion" guy. That said, that light gray/blue color is the best I've seen for not being obtrusive with glare. Here in Colorado, it's always sunny and having dashes that "glare" into your field of vision has always been a pet peeve of mine. For some reason though this color doesn't glare much and blends in nicely with the color of the pavement in front of me. Does that make sense? Plus, anything to do to cut down on heat retention in the summers.... black dashes are brutal here.

    What I have planned:

    Keep the dash the same color.
    Replace the shifter boots with a black one
    Paint the trim around the shifter boots black
    Paint the center console/cup holder assembly black.
    Replace carpet with black carpet
    Reupholster the god awful fabric on the doors and in rear of xtra cab with some kind of textured looking black fabric
    Eventually get black (or nice black/gray Wet Okoles) seat covers
    Replace stock 5MT shift knob with the black TRD one I just got
    Paint the stock transfer case shift knob black
     
  3. Jan 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM
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    Thank you! Most excellent reply (sorry if that sounded like "Bill and Ted"). I agree, its the dash that gives me fits, and I know exactly what you're saying in regards to the glare. Perhaps the best route to go for me, is to start collecting the grey/blue pieces with an eventual change of the dash to that color. And I forgot to take into account the seat belts, but those should be easy enough to dye with fabric paint.

    Have you ever used vinyl paint? Like you, I'm scared of spraying anything on my current dash.

    In Atlanta, it gets hot as hell in the summer too, so I'm taking that into account as well. I've had a black interior in an old Civic, and although it gets hot, it looks so sweet. I guess if I had the gray interior, going black would not be such an obstacle.

    Are you going to add this project to a build thread? I'd love to follow the progression. I may just have to deal with the beige. :(
     
  4. Jan 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM
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    Would you consider a black dash mat? No glare, easy install. Just a thought.
     
  5. Jan 27, 2012 at 12:58 PM
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    The dash is actually plastic... at least that's what I gather from my "knock on it" test.

    I'll be honest, I'm not a big fan of the gray interior I have (the light gray/blue color) but like I said "function over fashion." I reckon I can make it look nicer with more black trim pieces, fabric, carpet, etc...

    Definitely will. Trust me, you want nothing to do with my build. It's aptly named, "Madjik Man's Laugh at/with Him Build"

    Speaking for myself, of course, I think dash mats are tacky and ugly. (no offense to those who have them)
     
  6. Jan 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM
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  7. Jan 28, 2012 at 2:28 PM
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    Ya know, they have come a long way in that area, but my grandad had one in his old Cutlass, and I think I would feel like an old dude with one. Nothing wrong with them, I just think I would associate it with my grandad.
     
  8. Jan 28, 2012 at 2:34 PM
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    Lol, I hear ya. I'm far from being a master mechanic. Haven't started a build thread yet, but got a growing list. I'll need to keep up with yours once you get started. I'm thinking the interior is something I may try to start in the Fall.

    I went to that site, but it doesn't list beige/black as an option in my make/model/year. Hmmm. My wife is slowly convincing me to add more black to the interior, and decrease the amount of beige, making the beige more of an accent color. Thats probably a good idea since it would allow me to leave the dash like you're doing.
     
  9. Feb 16, 2012 at 7:24 AM
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    Might be a bit of an old thread, but I've had good luck with those paints for plastic/vinyl.

    I've repainted Qform kick panels for a 4Runner we used to have and latest project was just painted a map light mirror to match the interior on the Tacoma.

    The biggest thing is prep! The surface needs to be clean, clean, clean. I'll often use a plastic primer first and then spray with the color. Just light, light coats of the color coat and build it up to make it even.

    Really the only issue with general store bought plastic paints is color choice can be somewhat limited. I'd think black would be pretty easy though.
     
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