So everyone wants a tan interior but there are tons of different shades of tan out there if you are repainting them which is usually the way to go. If you get a car with an original tan interior they are generally knackered. The carpets can be replaced, and the seat covers can be changed but your plastics will still be faded.
When i bought my car it had a grey interior, well what was left of it anyway, so once i had a full set of plastics i got them painted using a colour code someone gave me way back in the days of the old KOE forum, it looked nice but as i got more picky with the car over the years it was obvious that it was far too light
Last year everyone started using the Grison / Magix dye stuff which tried on some spare trim parts and they looked really nice, but seemed a little bit too dark. And the Krylon Saddle Tan isnt available here in the UK, only in the US
Anyway, Alan found that Porsche Sand Beige is a near dead on match to the original tan colour when it was compared to one of Robs trim pieces from his 82 Recaro, so i was sold on that.
The pic below is a comparison of both, the top sill plate is the Porsche colour, and the bottom one is the Grison / Magix stuff. Its not the best comparison pic but you can see the bottom one is a darker shade
So i done a larger trim piece and i was really chuffed with how it turned out
Its just got that nice rich tan colour, especially when i took it out of the garage and into the sunlight.
So, Porsche Sand Beige 6C6
is the code, you can go to Halfords and they will mix it up for you in a spray can, or if you want to do all the panels with your gun then a paint suppliers can mix you a 1ltr tin of it.
If your not confident painting just follow these simple steps for a good finish.
Clean each part first with a sponge and some soapy water
Once dry wipe the panels using Pre-Clean / Panel wipe to remove any remaining contaminents
If you are painting in the cold use a heat gun, or a hair dryer to warm the panels up, dont get them hot though as they are plastic ! , just a decent room temp so they arent cold. I also left my cans of primer and paint in the house before i done it to make sure they were at room temp too.
I gave the panel 2 coats of grey plastic primer, leaving 15 mins between coats, then i had another pass of the heat gun after the final coat of primer before painting
For the paint i done 3 coats in total, the first was fairly light making sure i got all the edges, the 2nd was a regular coat getting good coverage, and then the 3rd coat was another light coat to give it a uniform finish.
Hope this helps people out when tackling their interiors !