Seeing how badly faded Superblack’s pieces are (esp. the shifter piece, which is almost yellow) I have been looking at those “applique” kits designed to cover them. If I had a few extra $100s (or $Ks?) laying around, I would buy new (if available) or “refurbished” pieces, but alas I’m going to have to go with one of the recovering kits instead. I have to admit I found what looks like a very good one, with all pieces included, for under $170.00. This particular kit - the vendor claims that their kit has superior “stick” b/c you don’t apply a separate adhesive to the old pieces first. Instead, they supply some towelettes that are saturated with some kind of powerful cleaning solution. Use those first on the old pieces, and then stick the new ones on top of them (the adhesive is on the backside of the new pieces - “peel and stick”, I guess) and they are like one piece. I did ask them about old pieces like mine that have some loose or even very small missing areas of veneer, and whether sticking the new ones over those would result in an “un-level” look to the surface of them, but no response.
Anyway, anyone’s experiences, thoughts, caveats, etc. with those type of kits?
My second question, which may seem a bit odd, but then I have never owned or even looked inside anything but many-years-old Jags - is the “phony” wood veneer that is used on the instrument panel behind the lens (and, yes, I’ve heard it is plastic - that’s why it NEVER fades ) supposed to look just like and match the veneer on the dash when the car is new? Somehow I can’t imagine the wood veneer pieces ever actually being THAT dark