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Has anyone tried dying the red stripe on the vinyl?
KentCT88TC Offline
Senior Member
#1
The red stripe on the vinyl strip running around my "new" TC has faded. I want to try to dye it red again. Has anyone here done this successfully, and if so, what did you do? Thanks -Kent
-KentCT
-'88 Turbo Coupe, K&N, Gillis valve @18 lbs., 2.5 " exhaust.
-2000 Mustang GT 373 gears, Diablo computer chip, cold air intake, Typhoon intake manifold.
-2001 Jeep SE 2.5, AEM cold air intake, Gates headers & exhaust, throttle body spacer, Jet Stage 2 chip
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Pete D Offline
Administrator
#2
I haven't heard of dying per se. I know that people have used colored tape to recover them and some of the ones I have seen look very good. I think that Mike, (AerobirdMotorsports) had some for sale at one time. He posts here and he is listed at the top of the Vendor's page
Pete Dunham


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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#3
I painted mine. Has held up quite well for years.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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AerobirdMotorsports Offline
Banned
#4
My trim is actual replacement molded red pieces, just like when it was new. It won't help on the rubber moldings in-between the wheels, but all of the other pieces are covered by my kit.
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KentCT88TC Offline
Senior Member
#5
Don't know how to do body work like that. But was thinking I could dye that vinyl red again. -Kent
-KentCT
-'88 Turbo Coupe, K&N, Gillis valve @18 lbs., 2.5 " exhaust.
-2000 Mustang GT 373 gears, Diablo computer chip, cold air intake, Typhoon intake manifold.
-2001 Jeep SE 2.5, AEM cold air intake, Gates headers & exhaust, throttle body spacer, Jet Stage 2 chip
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V6TBird87 Offline
Posting Freak
#6
What i did, on the faded parts, i wet sanded with 1000 grit sandpaper. Worked like a charm.
2018 Mustang GT
1988 Turbo Coupe, 5-speed

aka Tbird232ci
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KentCT88TC Offline
Senior Member
#7
Thanks V6 T-Bird! Will give that a try. -Kent
-KentCT
-'88 Turbo Coupe, K&N, Gillis valve @18 lbs., 2.5 " exhaust.
-2000 Mustang GT 373 gears, Diablo computer chip, cold air intake, Typhoon intake manifold.
-2001 Jeep SE 2.5, AEM cold air intake, Gates headers & exhaust, throttle body spacer, Jet Stage 2 chip
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Ryan H Offline
Posting Freak
#8
A buffer with fine paint polish works great also, made the entire trim piece appear to be new on my car.
'88 TC Smile Walbro 255HP, Stinger FMIC, PIT BOV, Pro 5.0, Kirban, RR cam, FRPP strut tower brace, T3
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KentCT88TC Offline
Senior Member
#9
V6T-Bird and Ryan,
Today I used both of your suggestions. Took the 1000 grit sandpaper and wet sanded the entire red molding. It worked-- the red returned, but found it had dulled out both the red and the parts of black molding. Then tried Ryan's idea and used Zaino ZFX Swirl remover and polished it out with an electric polisher. It worked out just great! Did take most of the day. Thanks so much for your suggestions. -Kent
-KentCT
-'88 Turbo Coupe, K&N, Gillis valve @18 lbs., 2.5 " exhaust.
-2000 Mustang GT 373 gears, Diablo computer chip, cold air intake, Typhoon intake manifold.
-2001 Jeep SE 2.5, AEM cold air intake, Gates headers & exhaust, throttle body spacer, Jet Stage 2 chip
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