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So I got this Escort from a wrecker/dealership for $350. It had a clean title and x75k miles. It runs great and so far the only thing I've had to replace were the spark plugs, fuel filter, and get an oil change. Good deal!

The interior isn't in bad shape. Nothing is missing and only a few small broken parts (like the glove box hinges) but it was mostly just dirty. Above all, I hate gray! So since the car exterior is red, I'm going for a red/black interior theme.

So far I've painted all of the front interior, and recovered the headliner.

I still need rear seat covers, paint the rear plastics, get some floor mats, new shift knob and pedals, and recarpet the whole car (black). The current carpet is very gray and very disgusting. After all said and done, I'll replace those awful paper cones that they call "speakers" with some nice ones. Then, maybe the exterior/engine... if it's worth it.

I have most of the front plastic installed again and it looks sexy, but I want to wait until I get new carpet before I snap those photos. So stay tuned for the finished product.











 

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What kind of paint did you use iève painted many interior part of several Escorts i;ve owned in the past and the quality of the paint makes the world or a difference - -also did you primer first

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I used Duplicolor Adhesion Promoter (2 light coats)
Then Rustoleum Paint for Plastic (2 coats)
Then Rustoleum Clear Coat (1 coat)

In the pics, the paint is about 1 hour dry, but yes, it still dried shiny; I like it like that. :)

The fabric on the door panels I will put probably 3-4 coats since its a little foggy. I know I'm supposed to use Vinyl paint but you gotta use what you got. :p
 

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Installed the plastic and seat/steering covers.

Next step, black carpeting, back seat plastic, back seat covers, maybe new shifter/pedals, and new speakers... look at those ugly paper door speakers. Yuk! :p





 

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I picked up a couple of rolls of black auto carpet from Wal-Mart for under $20, I'll just cut it up and staple it in there tomorrow. :) I'm going to the junkyard in a few days, if I find some black carpet in really good shape, I'll take it, but until then, the Wal-Mart stuff should be just fine.

What would you do to change it from "not bad" to "awesome?"
 

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If you were closer, there's a tracer here with a full red interior in great shape.... probably would have held up better, to be honest.

But it doesn't look bad the way you're doing it. :)
 

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Meh. Not a fan.
 

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Onegimp said:
Taurophylax said:
What would you do to change it from "not bad" to "awesome?"
Lets not get to carried away. It's not that great.
Thanks for that highly unnecessary comment. If you read a little more closely, you'd see that I was asking what I could do to improve it.

One would think a moderator of all people would have a little more decency.

nezwick said:
Meh. Not a fan.
Thanks for the constructive criticism and well thought out post.

Anyway, sorry everyone... I'll stop posting and keep the project to myself.
 

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It's just a shame everything turned out shiny.

My constructive criticism is that black and red interiors CAN look OK, but there is too much red here. If the centre console was black, it would be better. Also, if you could come up with a matte or semi-matte finish for the painted parts, it would be a huge improvement.

Look into MX-3 seats and Protege/323 or MX-3 lower dash and console swaps. That will eliminate the need for painting a lot of those parts.
 

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Taurophylax said:
Onegimp said:
Taurophylax said:
What would you do to change it from "not bad" to "awesome?"
Lets not get to carried away. It's not that great.
Thanks for that highly unnecessary comment. If you read a little more closely, you'd see that I was asking what I could do to improve it.

One would think a moderator of all people would have a little more decency.

nezwick said:
Meh. Not a fan.
Thanks for the constructive criticism and well thought out post.

Anyway, sorry everyone... I'll stop posting and keep the project to myself.
You are right I did miss read it.
For myself, I never liked red or maroon interiers. I wouldn't even look at the car if I saw any shade of red.
I perfer the grey interiors and some shades of tan. oh and a bit less shinny.
 
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