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Making fake wood trim less shiny

What is the best way to make fake wood trim less shiny (Laredo X)?

I am referring to 4 long and narrow trim pieces - 2 across the dashboard and one across each of front doors.

I looked into it and it seems there is a lot of options of new finishes to be glued on top of existing trim. I don't really like this approach.

What I would like is either complete trim replacement for these pieces only (however, I haven't found anybody online who sells that for 2011 or older models) or just sanding them with sand paper (or similar process)

Any suggestions? Any quality shops in NYC area that could be contacted about sanding approach?
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Re: Making fake wood trim less shiny

You could probably have a matte clear sprayed onto those pieces after masking them, but you are probably facing two problems: 1. sanding to scuff the surface for the clear to adhere may quickly get into the wood grain appearance, and 2. the pieces are probably bonded to the dash and door panels rather than being easily removable so masking the edges may be tricky.
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Re: Making fake wood trim less shiny

Taking them off will usually do the trick. I am not fond of the wood trim personally. Carbon fiber on the other hand.........
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Re: Making fake wood trim less shiny

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Taking them off will usually do the trick. I am not fond of the wood trim personally. Carbon fiber on the other hand.........
I agree re carbon fiber, but do you know if anyone sells trim replacement pieces as opposed to decals?
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Re: Making fake wood trim less shiny

There are a few companies out there but their names slip my mind right now. Hopefully someone else will chime in the meantime.
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Re: Making fake wood trim less shiny

Of course the WK2 is too new, but this will give you the sense of what was available for the WK, and its various materials. Yes, they are a substitution piece, and not a decal to apply. Some kits are molded to adhere over the existing material, so you don't remove the existing to apply the new material.

http://www.wooddash.com/item/JEEP_Da...EROKEE_2008_UP
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Of course the WK2 is too new, but this will give you the sense of what was available for the WK, and its various materials. Yes, they are a substitution piece, and not a decal to apply. Some kits are molded to adhere over the existing material, so you don't remove the existing to apply the new material.

http://www.wooddash.com/item/JEEP_Da...EROKEE_2008_UP
I am new to this but if it adheres over the existing material - doesn't it mean this is a decal? My understanding is if original trim isn't removed then it is decal
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Re: Making fake wood trim less shiny

I can Laminate them for you if you don't mind being without them for some time. BTW Real Carbon not some stick on stuff. I'll need a some pics of the pieces you have in mind.
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Re: Making fake wood trim less shiny

No, they're not a decal, but are molded with curved edges to cover the existing trims. They are veneered onto a substrate material.
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I can Laminate them for you if you don't mind being without them for some time. BTW Real Carbon not some stick on stuff. I'll need a some pics of the pieces you have in mind.
I don't mind being without them for some time but other members mentioned these trim pieces may not be removable.

Take a look here:



What I have in mind is wood piece above front passenger glove compartment and another piece on the door, same for the left side. Does it explain it?
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No, they're not a decal, but are molded with curved edges to cover the existing trims. They are veneered onto a substrate material.
I see. What is approximate thickness of these?
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Re: Making fake wood trim less shiny

Off the top of my head carbon is generally 1.5 to 5.0 mm plus resin so not very thick but extremely strong.
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