KIA did a really neat job with the cool gray, making the seats & doors really 2 toned. It looks like a sports car inside, not an SUV. But for me they fell short, because they left the dash solid black. I'm not a fan of solid black anyway, but boy would some cool gray up on the dash look better with the rest of the interior.
After looking at the regular gray in an EX on the other side of the dealers lot, they appeared to be about the same. So I had the parts department order me up the 3 parts I wanted to make gray; the cup holder center area, the long center cross beam, and the small area around the buttons left of the steering wheel.
. The small area around the buttons was not really showing up on the parts diagrams, so we ordered the 2 parts that were close and might be what I wanted.
. The 2 other parts are on back order until December 1st.
. One of the parts ordered under #1
above was a metal bracket that goes behind the dash. Not it.
. The other part from #1
above was just the thing that goes under the steering wheel and has the fuse box cover. It stops short of the part I want. Not it.
Big problem #5
. Since that little part isn't listed as a separate part (it is it's own piece so could be), the only way to order it is to order the entire upper dash assembly. Yikes, I can't imagine what that would cost. He also told me this probably means it's not assembled in such a way to make it easily removed without removing the entire dash. Yikes again.
Biggest problem #6
. Since we could open up that part from it's packaging, we did, and compared the color of grays. They are NOT the same. Cool gray is just what it says, cool, or bluish in tint. The gray from the EX is a warm gray, with a more yellowish tint. DEAL BREAKER.
So then the guy there suggested that I go to a place in town that specializes in auto interiors, where they could dye / paint my parts to match. I got this done in my old S-10 Blazer that got the dash torn apart when thieves stole my radio. The body shop ordered up a black dash then painted it the dark gray, and it looked great. So this wasn't a bad idea, and would probably be cheaper. As it turns out, the place is like 5 minutes from my house so it would be easy.
Biggest problem #7
. So I called the interior finishing place and, no dice. He explained to me that if the car were older with the older type plastics he would do it no problem. But he says new cars are being with made with plastics that don't accept paint worth a crap. He says it's a matter of trial and error testing, and since if it got screwed up, he wasn't willing to take responsibility for it on his dime. He shut me down. I suppose I could tell him I wouldn't hold him responsible, or even sign something to that affect. But if it didn't work, then I'd have to buy new dash parts and be out the $400+ for nothing. His suggestion was that I get some custom match paint from his supplier made and do it myself. I think I'd rather sign something and let him try.
So at the very moment, I'm stuck and not sure what to do. Anybody got any idea's or solutions?
Thanks for any help in advance.
Cheers ---- Bonzo