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Oxide
Hey there guys, looking for a bit of help to find some interior surround/fascia pieces for the interior of my 2008 Focus Zetec.

This is essentially what I'm looking for : [url="http://www.teamtorquesteer.co.uk/category-229/focus-carbon-effect-radio-surroundfacia.html"]http://www.teamtorquesteer.co.uk/category-229/focus-carbon-effect-radio-surroundfacia.html[/url]

I'm looking to replace the entire centre console in the same style. However, I can't seem to find anywhere that does a fascia for the gear lever surround and the only ones I've found for the other parts (radio surround, ashtray, switch surround) seem ridiculously expensive. For example this would cost me upwards of £450 :o from the website above.

I was just wondering if anyone has done something similar or knows of somewhere I can find the parts. Any help would be greatly appreciated :D
Stoney871
Jesus that's expensive.
I recommend searching eBay for carbon effect parts. Far cheaper and exactly the same quality.
There are a couple of sellers that wrap parts and put them up on eBay but can charge 60 per part.
Some of us here have wrapped our own parts, just buy a good sheet of bubble free 3M wrap and give it a go yourself.
It takes a bit of practice but the beauty of wrap is you can warm it up to straighten it and try again.
Brigante
Bloody hell not paying that for it. I'd rather have it like that too but it's silly money for what it is. Wouldn't mind finding somewhere to hydro dip my existing surrounds on the cheap but till then I've carbon wrapped all mine for under 8quid and done a half decent job of it.

[IMG]http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii487/therealbrigante/616537_467900009895224_240344393_o.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii487/therealbrigante/291538_462060443812514_52409176_o.jpg[/IMG]

Not perfect but it'll do for now and it didn't cost me 450 bloody quid lol :P
Oxide
Hmm, I hadn't even thought of trying to wrap them myself.

[quote] [color=#282828][font=sans-serif]I've carbon wrapped all mine for under 8quid and done a half decent job of it. [/font][/color][/quote]

Roughly how much material did it take for you to wrap the centre trim?

And is there a guide anywhere on how to remove the gear surround and ash tray?
Brigante
Less than a 30cm square sheet I think, probably a lot less lol. Just say whatever the size of the unit is plus an inch of overlap around the edges. But put it this way I bought my sheet of wrap for 8quid, wrapped everything I have and I've still got about half if not more of it left over.

There's no need for a guide, just wrap some tape around a flat head screwdriver so it doesn't scratch anything then push it under each corner of the unit and pop it up. The gear surround is the only thing holding the garage door unit in so once the gear surrounds out it'll just slide out. Very easy.
Oxide
Cheers, have ordered the wrap (less than 8 quid ;) ) and an xacto knife for the cuts. Hopefully have this project done in a few weeks.

Will post pictures when I'm done, thanks for the help.
Brigante
Depends how big you want the wrap mate mine was massive lol, looked all over ebay and at the time for the size of the sheet it was the cheapest there was. You can get smaller sheets for less. Only used a good stanley knife that I already had too.
Oxide
Well I've ordered 30cm x 30cm for the moment, decided if it wasn't big enough I can always order more and if it's too big then who knows, maybe a carbon wrap for the key fob, can never have too much carbon in your life :D
Stoney871
True, just don't bugger up yer missus' hair dryer.
Oxide
Haha I'll try not to, I'm a bit more worried about buggering up the trim in my nice new car as opposed to her hair dryer to be honest
Brigante
[quote name='Oxide' timestamp='1347307316' post='205971']
Well I've ordered 30cm x 30cm for the moment, decided if it wasn't big enough I can always order more and if it's too big then who knows, maybe a carbon wrap for the key fob, can never have too much carbon in your life :D
[/quote]

Just been out and measured my head unit surround to be sure lol, 30cmx30m is enough.. just lol. it's plenty to do the width but only just enough to do the length cause of the hazard light bit at the top, but you'll still have just enough overlap to fold round and heat shrink at the back. You will only have enough for one shot at it though but as Clive mentioned if you mess it up you can just heat it up to get rid of any creases n do it again.
Oxide
How about the gear lever surround? I assume one A4 sheet would be large enough to do the ashtray and switch surround with switches?
Brigante
Heres the roll I purchased, 1520MM x 600MM n it's even dropped in price to 6.99 since I purchased it lol.

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190640365448?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649"]http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1423.l2649[/url]

How much did you pay for your 30cm by 30cm?

You might wanna just buy one big roll like I did n cut the pieces off it as you need it rather than keep buying it bit by bit.
Oxide
[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/250628762904?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_2591wt_1265"]http://www.ebay.co.u...#ht_2591wt_1265[/url]

Thats the one I ordered, 7.98 for 30x30
I can always cancel that order and get a bigger roll, just wondering what size I would have to get to cover all of the trim (gear surround, ash tray switch surround and head unit)
Brigante
I'd probably cancel that mate cause compared to the size of the sheet I've got you really over paid, however yours may be better quality than mine I'm not sure. To do everything I did I'd probably say about half the size of what I've got. But there's no harm in having some left over in case you find anything else you wanna wrap later.
Oxide
Cancelled and ordered the bigger roll, even if it is too big I wouldn't mind doing my laptop so I'll stick with the bigger roll, it's only £7 at the end of the day.

Looking forward to getting started on this!
Stoney871
Best tip is to take your time and keep the wrap warm, much easier to work it when it's soft.
Brigante
[quote name='Oxide' timestamp='1347310580' post='205992']
Cancelled and ordered the bigger roll, even if it is too big I wouldn't mind doing my laptop so I'll stick with the bigger roll, it's only £7 at the end of the day.

Looking forward to getting started on this!
[/quote]

Was actually going to say you could do your laptop lol. It comes rolled up in a heavy duty tube, just cut pieces off as you need it with scissors then roll it back up. Like you said it's only 7quid and you was gonna pay that for a lot smaller sheet, by getting this one your getting a lot more for your money.

Clive just gave you a good tip there too about keeping it warm.
Oxide
I'll definitely post up some pictures when I get it done, might not be for a couple of weeks (off to germany on sunday) but I'll do my best.

Thanks for all the help! :D
Stoney871
You're welcome mate, pics will be very appreciated.
Anth23
I do wrapping proffesionally, i work on the wrapping of cars completely i.e in full carbone or chrome and also can do interior work, if you want you can inbox me and i can sort something out for you, i.e post the parts to me and it'll be wrapped like a beauty!!! in any colour shape or form! you pay for the materials and tbh i dont care for a (wage/cost to do it) unless you decide to hahaha
.Ryan
Worth knowing that mate, I'd like some bits done on my car!
Oxide
I'll give it a shot wrapping something myself and see how it goes, if I'm useless at it then I might take you up on that offer.
Oxide


Well that's halfway done :)

Now to do the ashtray and gear surround, but I can't seem to figure out how to remove them.
Can anyone give me some pointers as to the easiest way to get them out?
Brigante
Great first attempt at the wrapping there mate.

Like I'be said before, get a screwdriver under the corners of the gear stick surround and it just pops up.
Oxide
Thanks, didn't take me too long but I got the hang of it pretty quickly.

I've removed the gear surround already,I meant the greyish trim surrounds that and the cup holders up to the centre arm rest. Or is that the same solution, screwdriver under the trim?

And what about that ashtray/storage thing? I can't seem to find any screws holding it in place?
Stoney871
The ashtray just clips into place under the demister panel and the gear surround on a 2.5 is glued to the upper console piece.
To remove the ashtray unit you'll need to remove the whole upper console piece.
On a mk2 you'd only need to unclip both parts of the gear surround.
I think for your model it's 4 screws at the rear and 2 bolts at the front and the footwell side panels need to come off too but they are one screw each under pop off covers.
Sorry it's more involved than on a mk2.
Brigante
Didn't realize the mk2.5 was different to the mk2 lol I've just ran outside and done this

[IMG]http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii487/therealbrigante/gear.jpg[/IMG]

Waste of time lol
Stoney871
:D
Like I said the 2.5 has a different design centre console.
I believe the lower piece is glued to the panel so is more tricky to remove.
I think you can seperate it but will need to re glue it afterwards.
Oxide


Well I finally got them out with a bit of brute force and ignorance.

Could be a bit tricky to wrap the gear stick surround considering I can't really separate the part I want to wrap from the rest of the trim...
Brigante
Knew it had a different design but assumed the garage door n gear surround came out the same.

Will look good when you got everything wrapped Oxide mate
Oxide
lol Hopefully, got the ashtray done but I'm struggling with the gear surround....

Tried once, epic fail, back to the drawing board
Brigante
Just take your time on it mate nice n slow, you'll do it.
Oxide




Finally done! Took long enough, got the gear stick surround done on the second try. Quite happy with how it all looks.

Thanks all for the help and feedback, can't wait to get started on my next mod. I'm thinking footwell lighting and cupholder lighting? Sounds like fun.
Brigante
Very nice job you've done there mate. A cheap n very easy mod to nicely finish off the centre console nicely would be custom heating control knobs, many of us on the forum have them lol.

Could always carbon wrap your steering wheel inserts too while your at it.

What colour LEDs you thinking?

I've completely converted all my interior lighting to LED including front n rear footwells, map reading n courtesy light, glove box n boot. May do the door handles at some point if I can be arsed lol.

A great and relatively easy mod for exterior lighting would be a second reverse light, well worth doing.
Brigante
Oh and you can see what I mean about doing all that for under 8quid as apposed to hundreds of pounds on new parts lol. How much wrap have you got left after doing it all?
Oxide
Definitely thinking about doing a full interior swap for red LEDs because the radio and speedo are already red. List of things I wanna do atm include:
Front and rear footwell LEDs (red)
Ignition ring
Map reading light to red (maybe, haven't seen one yet)
Cupholder LED's (red)
DRL's
Rear LED Badge (braking/revers red/white)

Seen loads of cool stuff on here to do, but it might be a bit of a steep learning curve. No real experience in wiring or electrics so could get a bit tricky.

I'll probably start with the footwell, ignition and cupholder lighting depending on when I have the time/funds. Off to germany next week for 8 days so I might try and order some stuff in before I go.
Oxide
And I still have loads of wrap left, not as much as I expected because I had to bin my first attempt at the gear surround but still enough to do laptop, ipad and phone maybe.
Brigante
Nice little list to work through there. I had no experience what so ever when I started out either. When I bought the car I had no intention of doing any mods at all. Then I came across this forum lol and well my car speaks for itself. Still got that much more I wanna do too.

When you get a moment, have a mooch through my thread

[url="http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/34953-my-minor-mods-to-date/"]http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/34953-my-minor-mods-to-date/[/url]

All my mods so far in one place, may give you some inspiration.
Oxide
Looks good mate, need to figure out what I'm doing with these led's because I'm a bit confused as to where to mount them. I think there are 2 bulb holders already installed in my footwells but I'm not sure wether they'll be bright enough or if I should mount my own?

Footwell lighting and red courtesy lighting are definitely first on my list
Stoney871
If you have bulbs already there rather than just the holes to mount the holders them just whack in some decent Led bulbs instead.
They will make a lot of difference from standard t10 bulbs.
The standard ones are horribly dull and yellow.
Failing that you can splice in some nice led strips along the underside of the dash.
Brigante
If there are bulb holders in place just whack a bulb in to see if theres power to it. Long as you got a decent LED in there it'll spread the light and fill the footwells nicely, just look at mine. Also, if theres power to the front foot-well lighting, it'll make it a lot easier when installing the LED ignition barrel cause you can wire it straight to the driverside footwell instead of routing it to the courtesy light.

And for a cheap but effective mod for around 20quid, you can install rear footwell lighting by routing the wire to the passenger side footwell.
Brigante
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1347580641' post='206497']
If you have bulbs already there rather than just the holes to mount the holders them just whack in some decent Led bulbs instead.
They will make a lot of difference from standard t10 bulbs.
The standard ones are horribly dull and yellow.
Failing that you can splice in some nice led strips along the underside of the dash.
[/quote]

Damn it Clive you beat me to it by a second

Was gonna mention the LED strips cause I was thinking about it too but me bulbs seem to spread the light enough just fine
Stoney871
;)
Brigante
[url="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261094020368#ht_500wt_969"]http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261094020368#ht_500wt_969[/url]

Just spotted this, everything you'd of needed but got the wrong head unit surround. I'd have gone for it myself if it wasn't for this :unsure:
Oxide
Definitely need to get some red led bulbs in, halfords were less than useless when I went today so need to find some online. Are they W5W bulbs I need? Completely clueless on this topic.
Brigante
Ebays your friend for modding cars mate just search for red led wedge bulbs or something. A 5smd should spread the light suficient enough. The bulbs are only like a quid each and very effective.
Brigante
There is a discussion in the fiesta club on what colour bulbs people have so have a mooch in there n theres plenty of links to the bulbs people purchased
Oxide
Will these be compatible?
[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2pcs-501-T10-W5W-25-SMD-LED-Red-Dash-Wedge-Bulbs-/190723278487?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item2c67fe4697#ht_883wt_1265"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2pcs-501-T10-W5W-25-SMD-LED-Red-Dash-Wedge-Bulbs-/190723278487?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item2c67fe4697#ht_883wt_1265[/url]
Stoney871
Any bulb that's listed as a t10, 501 or w5w will fit.


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