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Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorers - Tuning & Mods' started by ibmike, March 17, 2014.

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  1. mmartin028

    mmartin028 Elite Explorer

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    What did you use to black out the handles?
     
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  3. mikejsmith1985

    mikejsmith1985 New Member

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    I used plastidip. I know this product has some strong opinions for and against it. I personally have the equipment to plastidip entire cars and I Have as well as enclosed trailers, wheels, badges etc. My experience has all been positive as long as I install properly which means a good cleaning, fully dried light even coats and typically no less than 8 coats based on my layer thickness. A couple coats of turtle ice wax make the dip feel less rubbery, if you happen to use the high gloss clear as a top layer and then wax that it feels just like OEM paint but it's still not as durable.

    I don't know for sure how well this will hold up but I'm happy with it. I can share some pics later but the car is filthy right now so fair warning. If it fails prematurely I'll either do a vinyl wrap next or just buy a set of black handles and swap them.

    Thanks!

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  4. LIrican

    LIrican Active Member

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    As far as handles I strongly recommend getting the set painted to match the body. You won't regret it and it looks amazing.

    I just got my Explorer back after getting a sound system boost, detail, summer shoes put back on and led swap for interior and fogs.

    ABE - looks and sounds amazing.
     
  5. mmartin028

    mmartin028 Elite Explorer

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    puddle-halogen.jpg puddle-led.jpg Changed to LED puddle lights.
     
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  6. RetroHarley

    RetroHarley New Member

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    I have a 2013 XLT, can you get white handles from Ford to replace the chrome ones?

    Thank you in advance.
     
  7. LIrican

    LIrican Active Member

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    You can get the paint to match part and get them painted.

    They don't come with a specific color.
     
  8. mmartin028

    mmartin028 Elite Explorer

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    explorer-lettering.jpg Added the "Explorer" lettering to the front of the hood.
     
  9. cwescapexlt4x4

    cwescapexlt4x4 Explorin' the Desert SW Elite Explorer

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    Worked on our rental property so I had the ladder, paint and supplies inside.
     
  10. peterk9

    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    ????:scratch:

    Peter
     
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    Opened the rear/third row side panels and unplugged the silly toy speaker bridged with the rear door speaker. Just ripped it open starting at the edge inside the rear door. It came apart easily and snapped back in place. Disconnected the speaker easily. Pictures to be in the thread following stereo upgrading. Sounds better. I'm geeked.
     
  12. asull85

    asull85 The Storm Chaser Elite Explorer

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    Since I picked it up on April 22nd, I've added...

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    More to come...
     
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    How did you black out the ford emblem. I need that.
     
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    Can you explain how to plasti-dip the wheel skins? I'm kinda nervous about it and def don't wanna screw them up.
     
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    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    RetroHarley New Member

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    Added a shelf to the center console. I had one in my last car (Dodge) and missed the multiple storage option. Bigger "Stuff" to go underneath but accessible smaller things on top.

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  17. wcharon

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  18. RetroHarley

    RetroHarley New Member

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    Picked it up on eBay, came from China, about $38, arrived in 10 days, fits perfectly

    Link to auction
     
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  20. TRWXXA

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    I like that. :thumbsup:

    A little bit pricey perhaps, but since shipping is "free", I think I'll get one. My console is full of relatively small stuff anyway. I can use this insert to hold all of it, and keep a rain jacket or something bulky underneath.
     
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  21. TRWXXA

    TRWXXA Member

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    Got my console tray in the mail today. A nice addition.

    They also included some lagniappe (Google it). A pair of sunglasses was included in the bag with the tray. And If I were Peter Fonda in Easy Rider, I'd be proud to wear them. The Chinese are about 4 decades behind in style.
     
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