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I have been contemplating this project for some time and finally decided to refinish the black panel surrounding the spaceball shifter using OEM Volvo Titanium Pearl #455 (to match the car's exterior). The drab black plastic and dorky redundant shift map drove me nuts. Since others have detailed this process in the past, I'll skip the how-to instructions and step-by-step photos for now (IM me if you do have questions). <p>I am extremely pleased with the finished product. The metallic paint sparkles under direct sunlight and provides a nice glow both on cloudy days and at night, all while blending nicely with the other interior surfaces. I used a "dry" clear coat technique to achieve a nice lustre without excessive gloss. The overall effect is richer without looking tricked out. Overall, I think it looks great and could <I>almost</I> pass for stock to those unfamiliar with the car.<p>Here are the pics (the first was taken just before I was sharply scolded for making the kitchen smell like a paint factory)<p><IMG SRC="http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/202/curingphasehv6.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/6633/interiorwidejy5.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/9132/closeupjg1.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/9151/overheadviewae3.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Comments welcome - Tryg
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! (RainyS60R)

Looks good. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>This looks like it belongs in the brochure<p><IMG SRC="http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/6633/interiorwidejy5.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! (RainyS60R)

Nice job! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Maybe I should paint my whole center console that way. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! (KillerB)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>KillerB</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Looks good. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>This looks like it belongs in the brochure<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I was thinking the same thing... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Nice work! Looks really good...I always wondered what was up with the redundant shift map... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! (RainyS60R)

Great job!<p>Less is more. <p>It is a much cleaner look than the original.<p>William
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! (RainyS60R)

Outstanding! And yes, that pic could easilly be in a brochure. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! (RainyS60R)

Ah, that would be the <b>"patented vizwiz mod"</b> that I gave my R for Valentine's day this year ;-) hope you made a contribution to the patent fund...<p><IMG SRC="http://www.takspeed.com/pix/d/211-1/IMG_4898.JPG" BORDER="0"><p>Here's the old thread, but the picture links will be broken:<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=53570" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=53570</A><p>more pics on the new gallery: <A HREF="http://www.takspeed.com/pix/v/maintenance/shift" TARGET="_blank">http://www.takspeed.com/pix/v/maintenance/shift</A>/<p><br>
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! (vizwiz)

Looks great!!!<p>But, what's that compartment behind the ****er (towards the rear of the car?) I thought the '04 models also had a 'scroll' door over that compartment.<p>-Eric
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! (Sue Esponte)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Sue Esponte</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Looks great!!!<p>But, what's that compartment behind the ****er ..<br>-Eric</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>Dude, you are seriously looking at some different pictures than we are, but I definetly DO NOT want to see yours <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> ... sounds like maybe the "newspaper holder" <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> .<p>That has to be entered for "best typo of the year" award <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> .
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! (Sue Esponte)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Sue Esponte</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Looks great!!!<p>But, what's that compartment behind the ****er (towards the rear of the car?) I thought the '04 models also had a 'scroll' door over that compartment.<p>-Eric</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>I wish the '04's had the rolltop cover. We have that ****ty flip cover that blocks my dunkin donuts travel mug handles. <p>POS it is.
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! (needsdecaf)

Doh! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Anyway, this is what I was referring to behind the shi<b>f</b>ter:<br><IMG SRC="http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com//pictures/EI/2006/Volvo/2006.volvo.s60%20r.20075555-E.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>-Eric
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! (KillerB)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>KillerB</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Looks good. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>This looks like it belongs in the brochure<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I even impressed myself with that one. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> I have halogen lighting in the garage. Not terribly energy efficient, but the cars look terrific inside and out when those lights are on.<p>Thanks for the input on the painting project. It's a great way for those of us with '04's to perk up the look of the interior. I cannot recommend this project enough, but it might only look good with the darker colors (excluding silver). Passion Red or Flash Green in an otherwise stock cabin would probably look a bit fugly.<p><IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>- Tryg
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! (RainyS60R)

That looks great. NOW work on doing the <U>rest</U> of that ugly black matted plastic throughout the rest of the car. That would look HOT!
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! (steamboatsig)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>steamboatsig</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">If I send you mine, will you do it for me? <p>My car has a newspaper holder?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yea will you do mine too? Also the cup holder flip cover too?
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! (PhilUp)

Hey guys, if you are handy with $$, you can have alomost anything you would like. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! (RainyS60R)

Looks great! I've been debating the same thing, but if I did it, I would want to paint the vent surrounds Ti Grey as well.<p>Think it would much improve overall look of '04 dash, but still be subtle. Paint looks much more stock than the overlays that can accomplish same look. <p>Maybe once I get my car back and get my 4C fixed... in the shop for 3 weeks now for phone/cupholder swap...
 

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Re: Titanium '04 shift surround - NO MORE SHIFT MAP!!! ("R" Kelly)

RKelley,<p>Painting the shifter surround sounds like it would be an awesome idea, but how much would paint for the project cost? I imagine that it's not going to simply be buy a bottle or two of touch up and there you have it. Would you just try and match it as best you could on your own?<p>Let me know what you find. I would be really interested in attempting it.
 
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