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TS, bumping this necro thread back up for a question. You said that the top portion of the boomerang is textured plastic, do you think it's possible to sand it smooth, or even possible to apply a plastic filler to it and then sand it smooth?

I'd like to apply a water transfer pattern to the boomerang, but don't like the idea that the textured part would show up in the water transfer pattern.

BTW, anyone know the dash part number, didn't have any luck finding it on Nally part site. TIA

My first jeep was a base TJ with black plastic textured flares. I wanted them color match so took them to a body shop, after getting them back several weeks later the bodyman told me he'd never do it again because sanding the texture out of the plastic took to much time. Then on top of that I found out afterwards that the base TJ flares weren't as wide as the Sahara or Rubicon flares. My next Jeep TJ I wanted in the color of silver, but Jeep wasn't offering the Sahara in silver that year. So I bought a silver sport with the thinner black plastic flares, then bought some wider Sahara flares and had them color matched silver (along w/the Sahara lower rocker panel trim piece). Luckily, the Sahara flares were molded smooth, so no extra sanding to get them smooth for paint. Still miss that Jeep, but not the bad gas mileage. Of course the four inch lift and 35 tires didn't help. But damn it look good, even painted the hardtop matching silver.
 

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I would say it would be fairly easy to sand or fill the texture. The plastic is easily thick enough to sand, and it's a fairly hard plastic, so won't clog the paper and so should not be difficult.

New ones are shown here (#7) for $155: http://parts.nalleygmc.com/showAssembly.aspx?ukey_assembly=389881&ukey_make=1030&ukey_model=14651&modelYear=2008

I have the old one that I could probably sell you (say $75 plus ship)... but it has the old switches mounted in it for my seat heaters, so you either need to add the heaters :))) or fill the holes...

 

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How is the face plate removed from the radio? Decided on removing my boomerang once more to paint the top portion black (since the red is reflecting off the windshield in the Florida sun) and going to do another wet sand and polish to fix up a few spots. Might as well paint the radio now. lol
 

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The faceplate assembly is easy - a couple of screws each side and some clips around the periphery.

The circuit board inside that has a number of screws and also clips around the knobs. Then the individual buttons are clipped into the face (take note of which one goes where, they are ALL different - even though some look alike!): http://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/f62/i-need-dash-removal-diy-project-now-finished-painted-dash-54066/index3.html#post812607

However, the transparent window is glued in. You can either push it out and glue it back after, or just mask around it. This is the post showing how I took mine out: http://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/f61/migrated-my-old-solstice-radio-faceplate-my-new-sky-usb-radio-62652/index2.html#post946562
 

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I know I’m kicking up a very old discussion but I’m looking to paint my boomerang soon. Previous owner must have had a GPS or something stuck to it and it pulled of some paint above the AC knobs. My question is, the top portion you painted black, did you put any kind of finish on it? Or just flat black paint? And flat clear coat?

Also, any opinions on what color I should paint it? Car is Sly but I was thinking to make it an accent with red.
 

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Has anybody installed the after-market woodgrain dash (and surrounding areas) dashboard kit? I googled some images. It looks really nice. I would like to hear any recommendations and experiences. You could also likely make your own using woodgrain vinyl and a lot of finishing work with an exacto knife.
 

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Has anybody installed the after-market woodgrain dash (and surrounding areas) dashboard kit? I googled some images. It looks really nice. I would like to hear any recommendations and experiences. You could also likely make your own using woodgrain vinyl and a lot of finishing work with an exacto knife.
I have a vinyl woodgrain kit in my sol. Put it in about three years ago and have never had any fading, peeling or delamitation. Still looks good. I can't remember the brand but it is about 1/16" thick or better. Be careful, there are some vinyl kits for sale that are no thicker than wallpaper and are cheap looking. Mine has a thin foam backing and the edges roll inward around all the buttons. The fit is precise.
 

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I installed the Walnut Burl dash kit back in 2007. No idea where I purchased it from or the price ( was over $100). It still looks as good as the day it was installed. It was recommended to use a 3M primer on the dash just before installing the pieces. I have not had any of the pieces come loose. It is nerve racking to install as it bonds instantly! It is a thicker plastic with a heavy clear layer and a nice rounded edge. I look at a Solstice without a kit and can't imagine why they don't have one. It had pieces for the vents, steering wheel, locks, waterfall and door handles (I did not install the door handle pieces)


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I know I’m kicking up a very old discussion but I’m looking to paint my boomerang soon. Previous owner must have had a GPS or something stuck to it and it pulled of some paint above the AC knobs. My question is, the top portion you painted black, did you put any kind of finish on it? Or just flat black paint? And flat clear coat?
The face was painted with base+clearcoat and wet-sanded & polished. The black top was masked and painted afterwards with a Krylon flat black (that's was actually slightly satin finish) only. This describes what I used: Ppssstt... wanna see an EasyOff'd boomerang?
 

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I installed the Walnut Burl dash kit back in 2007. No idea where I purchased it from or the price ( was over $100). It still looks as good as the day it was installed. It was recommended to use a 3M primer on the dash just before installing the pieces. I have not had any of the pieces come loose. It is nerve racking to install as it bonds instantly! It is a thicker plastic with a heavy clear layer and a nice rounded edge. I look at a Solstice without a kit and can't imagine why they don't have one. It had pieces for the vents, steering wheel, locks, waterfall and door handles (I did not install the door handle pieces)


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The face was painted with base+clearcoat and wet-sanded & polished. The black top was masked and painted afterwards with a Krylon flat black (that's was actually slightly satin finish) only. This describes what I used: Ppssstt... wanna see an EasyOff'd boomerang?
Thanks for the information! Any suggestions on color? I’m hesitant to do something as bold as red but want get away from the boring gray.
 
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