Dash air vent dismantling/spraying

7 years 2 months ago - 7 years 2 months ago #128056 by Mickle5
Decided that the air vents were looking a bit dull and needed sprucing up, not wanting stick on shiny bits I decided to spray the offending items, I wont bore you with how to remove them from the car that's fairly straight forward but taking them apart to spray was slightly trickier. The center vent is quite straightforward, release the clips along the top and the two guides at the side and the front then unclips



Remember the internal grill position for later reassembly, I took them out and gave them a scrub!



The side vents are need a bit more gentle persuasion, insert a blunt flat screwdriver or similar (I used a bike tyer leaver)into the sides while applying pressure from the rear, watch out for the spring washer when it comes out! best to do the side closest to the controle first as this is a large "clip" the other side is just a pin.





The air control wheel will now clip forwards and out, allowing the removal of the wheel so no masking! out to the garden with the spray can!





rebuilding is a straight reverse process





note my mistakes though! The two side grill inserts look identical, they are NOT!! ensure the one with a small L goes in the L/H side or you end up with restricted movement!When inserting the air control wheel unit make sure the flap is closed at the rear of the body and you set the wheel to the closed position when clipping back in, it will work first time that way!
Refit to car and admire your handy work

Before





And after



Not to everyone's taste I know but is is a bit brighter!
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7 years 2 months ago #128063 by bensewell
Excellent guide cheers for that. What did you do to make them pretty ?

Was it rub down
Prime
Colour
Lacquer ?
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7 years 2 months ago #128064 by Mickle5
Rub down and degrease due to interior car cleaning products. A coat of white primer then two or three layers of hycoat chrome effect paint. I did do the red to match the exterior first but that was way to in my face!

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7 years 2 months ago #128069 by idrawcad
Nice Job!

Regards

Chris
If your going to have one, Have a big one!
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7 years 2 months ago #128077 by John Pell
I keep looking on flea bay to buy some already done but they sell for more than I want to pay so think I will give it a go doing mine myself looks well better than all black

Work to live don't live to work.
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7 years 2 months ago #128083 by bensewell
I'm flogging some carbon ones soon once I've done my pearlescant black ones

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7 years 2 months ago #128092 by cjj
Hope you don't mind but I changed a typo in the title as I assume you aren't spaying your vents. ;)

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7 years 2 months ago #128097 by Mickle5
No probs, I can't spell for toffee!

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7 years 2 months ago #128098 by cjj
Me either most times. :nonod:

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7 years 2 months ago #128107 by Leigh Ping
The simplest mods make all the difference when personalising your car. Brill idea and a great guide. Well worth a link in the bling mods section Mickle. Much obliged. :broon:
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