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Old 07-13-2003, 12:41 AM   #1
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Default Ding - Dong, the wood is gone, the wood is gone, the wood is gone

I've finally gone and done something about the "wood" dash in my car. I've always liked the wood, and even paid $$$ to get the complete set of panels from Japan, but it was time for a change to a sportier color motif, and I liked the idea of going to a metallic look.

I've had this idea buzzing around in my head a while after seeing similar things done by a few other members, but I had a few ideas of my own on how I wanted it to look, mainly I wanted a satin two-tone look instead of glossy colored panels.

So I headed down to the local junkyard (subaruworld.com), and picked up a complete set of interior panels, including the vents and shifter surround. I thought it would take a long time to re-paint all of the stuff, but it only ended up taking about six hours, start to finish.

Here's a picture of the finished project. I'm VERY happy with it. The darker color is matched to my Titanium STi badges, and the lighter color matches my aluminum shifter surround and my STi pedals.



here's a link to ALL the pictures, with captions and explanations:

http://aerodrome.com/steve/interior/index.htm

cheerio.

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Old 07-13-2003, 12:47 AM   #2
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Looks good.

Just curious, though. What are the panels from japan like? The ones in my brighton are flat black
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Old 07-13-2003, 01:25 AM   #3
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did you just paint over the fake wood? i have the same thing in my 95 ls around the shifter and on the power windows... what colors did you use... it looks really good and i wanted to do a silver scheme too. and where did you get sti pedals for an auto and how easy are they to put in?
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Old 07-13-2003, 01:28 AM   #4
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Steve it looks great. Thats an excellent relatively inexpensive huge improvement. I'm a wood hater, not real wood just the plastic versions.

I think it turned out exxxxcellent. And a nice compliment to the silver exterior as well.

One thought, I wonder if the ashtray front might look better painted too. I was kinda seeing it both ways. Painted might look nice. My car doesnt have an ashtray, just some sort of lame pocket.

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Old 07-13-2003, 03:57 AM   #5
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Looks good.

Just curious, though. What are the panels from japan like? The ones in my brighton are flat black
take a look at the pictures in the link, the "wood" panels are from Japan. Some came on USDM models, but the GT only came with power window bezels and the shifter surround in wood. The Outback Limited models also came with the radio surround in wood. The wood upper center vent surround never came on any USDM models, and could only be gotten from Japan.

By the way, if anyone wants to buy a (rare) complete set of wood panels, make me an offer. The center upper vent panel cost $85 alone, so I hate to see it all go to waste. It IS quite nice looking. Otherwise I'll just store it.

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Old 07-13-2003, 04:02 AM   #6
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did you just paint over the fake wood? i have the same thing in my 95 ls around the shifter and on the power windows... what colors did you use... it looks really good and i wanted to do a silver scheme too. and where did you get sti pedals for an auto and how easy are they to put in?
No, the "wood" was too expensive to just paint over. Plus, I needed to keep them just in case the panel painting idea was a flop. So, as I said in my first post (if you read the whole thing ), I got a complete set of black panels from a scrap yard. The STi pedals I got about two years ago from a place called isr performance, they were very very easy to put in.

If you want to paint over your factory wood, it's totally do-able, just make sure to prep the glossy wood surface by sanding it with 400 grit sandpaper, and use the proper primer.

If you want all the details of the paint I used, just click the LINK at the bottom of my first post, it has all the primer, paint, and clearcoat info.

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Old 07-13-2003, 04:09 AM   #7
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Steve it looks great. Thats an excellent relatively inexpensive huge improvement. I'm a wood hater, not real wood just the plastic versions.

I think it turned out exxxxcellent. And a nice compliment to the silver exterior as well.

One thought, I wonder if the ashtray front might look better painted too. I was kinda seeing it both ways. Painted might look nice. My car doesnt have an ashtray, just some sort of lame pocket.

ss
Thanks SS.

Yeah, I liked how the wood looked, and am not against wood in general either. It did bother me that it wasn't real wood, but I prefered it to the flat black of the stock trim, which was the only other option until I tried this. I'd rather it look sporty than luxo.

I had no idea if this idea would work or not. It needed to pass as factory looking, and I think it did. I spent some time in my friends Impreza looking at his silver trim, and realized that all Subaru did was paint it with a nice matte silver color, so I thought "what the heck, I should try that too".

I looked at the Subaru Japan website, and they are using two-tone silver paint on the next-gen Legacy.

I'm 50/50 on the ashtray. I might paint it, but I was thinking that there needs to be some other black on the dash to compliment the A/C controls, or else they would look really out of place. The black stereo is coming out ASAP and a silver double-DIN unit is going in there.

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Old 07-13-2003, 03:47 PM   #8
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It looks nice, Steve

But why would you want it to be more WRX-like?
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Old 07-13-2003, 10:37 PM   #9
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looks great!

I want to take some a set of the Baja silver trim and put it in my '00 legacy.

Has anyone done this? Think it would fit? It looks just like my trim pieces, only silver:



Any idea on price?
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Old 07-13-2003, 11:05 PM   #10
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2000GTWagon,

If you get a price on that trim set from the Baja, let us know, that is one thing I don't like about my GT Limited, the plastic wood!

Thanks for the great idea!
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Old 07-14-2003, 10:22 AM   #11
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Do you have any pics with the wood kit installed?

Thanks,
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Old 07-14-2003, 12:02 PM   #12
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Do you have any pics with the wood kit installed?

Thanks,
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try reading the original post of the thread, there is a link that has pictures of the wood installed.

does anybody read whole theads anymore, or is that just too much work?

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Old 07-14-2003, 01:14 PM   #13
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Ok, so which colors did you use on what parts? It looks like the dark grey metallic on the radio bezel, but I'm unclear on the other parts. The vents in the picture look almost white, while the vent surrounds are in between the vents and radio bezel for color.
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Old 07-14-2003, 01:58 PM   #14
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The dark grey metallic was used everywhere except on the vents themselves. The lighting may make it look different from picture to picture, but it's the same. For some reason the color on the lid of the can doesn't look much like the final color on the trim, I think maybe it's because I used the matte clearcoat. Either way, I like the final color how it looks on the trim because it looks exactly like titanium.

The vents were painted with the Plastikote silver metallic color, it looks almost white because the light is reflecting off of it, but it looks like burnished aluminum when you see it in person. In that link there the first picture it's the second can from the right.

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Old 07-14-2003, 03:02 PM   #15
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monovich: Your interior looks awesome! I may have to check some salvage yards around colorado. Personally, I have never been a big fan of the platic wood dash...

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Old 07-14-2003, 03:41 PM   #16
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The way you have it worded, it makes it seem like that link would take me to pics of the new **** that you installed. Being a smart-ass to those interested in buying stuff from you might not be the best sales pitch.
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Old 07-14-2003, 03:59 PM   #17
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Well, it gets frusturating when four people ask you for information that has already been clearly laid out. Unfortunately, you were the fourth.

Sorry if I offended you.

As far as being a smart a$$ and losing a sale; I knew what I was doing. I don't NEED to sell the parts, I'm simply offering them up if anyone is interested. I'm equally happy just storing them for future use if I get tired of the silver trim.

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Old 07-14-2003, 04:17 PM   #18
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Dude, the information was obviously not clearly laid out if four people ask you the same question. I don't take offense to anything said to me, just don't see the need to be an ass about it. Take it easy,
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Old 07-14-2003, 04:19 PM   #19
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very nice interior, and i love it even more you did like a satin finish instead of like gloss. Just out of curiousity how much did the wood panels at the junkyard run you?
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Old 07-14-2003, 04:26 PM   #20
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piker, thanks!

I bought black interior panels from the junkyard, and they cost $150 with labor.

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Old 07-14-2003, 04:50 PM   #21
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here's a link to ALL the pictures, with captions and explanations:

http://aerodrome.com/steve/interior/index.htm
I dunno what's so hard to understand about that.
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Old 07-14-2003, 11:45 PM   #22
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looks great!

I want to take some a set of the Baja silver trim and put it in my '00 legacy.

Has anyone done this? Think it would fit? It looks just like my trim pieces, only silver:



Any idea on price?
I was thinking of doing the samething to my BE..anyone have a part number and the price let me know
It will fit definately on MY02+ Legacys but doesn't in the MY00-01s becase the cup holder is in the wrong postition in then MY00-01
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Old 07-16-2003, 06:38 PM   #23
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I read the full original post and link and had no need to ask questions about previously given information...
I would be frustrated too if I had to repeat info.

Looks great monovich. I've been thinking about getting rid of the fake wood also. This gives me motivation...
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Old 07-16-2003, 07:18 PM   #24
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wow its does look like titanium, my fav metal evar but CF is still the king
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Old 07-17-2003, 12:57 PM   #25
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What the who? Where'd you find that? That rawks man. I'm soo jealous.
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