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Old 04-20-2009, 11:47 PM   #1
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My $7 Interior Upgrade - Center Heater Vents

Well, during a visit to my local Toyota dealership, and while waiting for my car to be serviced (routine maintenance), I sat in a brand new 2009 Yaris hatchback.

When I was in there, I noticed a minor cosmetic difference in the newest version of the car that I really liked the look of. The center heat vents are now a matte black. Seeing this was enough to convince me to change mine to black, having mulled it over for many weeks now (without ever knowing the 2009's were like this as stock).

So, on the way home, I decided I would change the color of my center heater vents to Black, instead of having that ugly stock white that seems to have nothing to do with the theme of the car.

I used a product called Krylon Camouflage, Ultra Flat Black. This is an adhesive plastic paint, that is simple to use and makes the finish look like it was originally done in black. Spray lightly from a distance. I used about 4 coats, which can be applied 30-seconds apart. Dries fast, and is ready to touch in 15-mins. Cures in 1-hour. Scratch/chip resistant in 7-days.

Taking the center dash apart was easy. The center heater vent pops right out, and aside from popping out the electric clips to the hazard light swithc and passenger air bag alert indicator, the operation is completely tool-less. I removed each individual slat of the vent, and painted them separately.

Dismantling the center heater vent is a bit tricky, so I recommend doing one half at a time so you have something to compare against when reassembling. Its easy to see how it all goes together, and you will not break anything (the pieces give easily).

I have been debating whether or not to do this for a long time, and seeing it on the 2009's was my final push. The idea was to match my silver dash kit side heater vents, to unify the look of the interior. I hope my work inspires others to give it a shot too!!! Sorry for the "excessive" pics. Lots of before and after. Some specks on the black vents are NOT imperfections, just dust/fluff from wiping it off that the flash over exposes.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:51 PM   #2
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A few more pics from 2 days later, showing a more broader scope of the interior as well. Paint has been resiliant so far, and does not rub off.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:53 PM   #3
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nice mod, definitely looks better in black
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:54 PM   #4
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That looks like a nice mod...
Great job mate!!!
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:54 PM   #5
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Good work, It looks good I used the exact same stuff to color match a scratch on the dash, which is sadly painted and not solid black plastic.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:57 PM   #6
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Thanks for the remarks! The thing I like best, is that it doesn't "look" spray painted. Very natural finish.

Just wanted to tie it into the theme of other side heater vents, together with the silver casing of the dash kit.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:59 PM   #7
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I used that exact paint on the back bumper of my truck. And I can attest to the fact that this paint is tough. If trees wont make it come off, skin oil wont. Very nice, I was thinking of doing the same thing.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:05 AM   #8
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I used that exact paint on the back bumper of my truck. And I can attest to the fact that this paint is tough. If trees wont make it come off, skin oil wont. Very nice, I was thinking of doing the same thing.
Glad to hear it is durable. I was concerned with heat/cool air flow of the ventilation system having an adverse affect on the finish. I suppose the paint can handle that too, if it is meant for outdoor purposes and all weather, like you mentioned.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:20 AM   #9
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Looks way better than stock. I want to do this with my vents as well as all the silver trim that runs down the middle of the dash.
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Old 04-21-2009, 01:08 AM   #10
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Black is definitely better. Wonder what the whole center panels painted with that same paint would look like
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Old 04-21-2009, 01:15 AM   #11
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I'm gonna get some of this stuff and possibly do the same. I had the same experience as you, sitting in an '09 while my '08 was being serviced and I really liked it. I may do my toyota emblems on the front and back of the car a nice matte black, do you think this stuff would be suitable?
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:25 AM   #12
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that's looks awesome. definitely gonna try that soon. one question though, does your car now smell like spray paint? i know after having wet clothes in my car once and having the air conditioning run, on hot days unfortunately the smell starts to come back. have you noticed yet or did you let it sit out long enough?
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Old 04-21-2009, 02:34 AM   #13
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if you don't wanna go the spray paint route hit up Kcalb Siray's thread about dye-ing the interior plastic pieces with fabric dye....

by the way looks good Marty....
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Old 04-21-2009, 04:03 AM   #14
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Looks good. I have a 09, funny thing is when I found this site and saw all the pics of peoples cars, I thought all of you painted it white. Geez, I'm an idiot.
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Old 04-21-2009, 04:18 AM   #15
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looks good man
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:11 AM   #16
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i've used that can on my laptop. nice results, but a bit grainy no?

i think it looks better than the slightly-mismatched-silver slats. how is the durability in your opinion?
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:51 AM   #17
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dam Marty, that looks great .
for a man thats keeps things to factory instal's , this must have been outside your comfort zone.
The funny part is, we can all see how proud you are of it , because of all the photo's , and so you should be , congrate's on a Mod well done.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:21 AM   #18
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dam Marty, that looks great .
for a man thats keeps things to factory instal's , this must have been outside your comfort zone.
The funny part is, we can all see how proud you are of it , because of all the photo's , and so you should be , congrate's on a Mod well done.
I emulated a factory standard by copying the 2009 look. Otherwise I would not have done it. So I'm still "comfortable." LOL
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