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post #1 of 42 Old 03-19-2009, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy Gummy interior parts...

I'd likke to ask you guys if this has happened to you...



...most of the black plastic pieces on my dashboard have beccome gummy and sticky. Air conditioning vents, stereo buttons, even the steering column cover and they look terrible... any ideas as to what might have happened or tips for restoring them would be greatly appreciated.

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What car/year?
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The infamous Ferrari "sticky mess" syndrome. Same in my 2003 to some degree. For the vents I would just replace them - it is easy enough to do yourself. Not sure what best avenue is on the buttons. You can also contact this company that specializes in this particular problem:

STICKYNOMORE.COM

The reason is that for some reason Ferrari (and now Maserati) uses what may be regarded as inferior quality plastic that is easily affected by the environment as well as any conditioners you may be using on the dash etc. so go easy on these around the plastic parts going forward. There are a number of threads on this on this site and on the sister Ferrari site.

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Technically I guess it is the coating on the plastic that turns sticky as it is a soft coating - looks great when new, but......

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Easy Off oven cleaner and/or Goo Gone are the two best things to strip off the coating. Then leave alone in its natural state or you can spray paint it black (or any other color).

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Thanks so much for your replies guys.
I knew I was not going to be alone with this problem and your tips will surely help.
I'll try painting them myself... if I mess up then will look for help from the pros

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This usually happens when you or whoever is cleaning your car uses too harsh of a detergent or cleanser on the soft plastic finishes which literally melts it. My E55 has had the same problem and I just ended up replacing a couple knobs and buttons because by the time I finished wiping off all the crap, the finish was gone nd it was dull black (most benzes are infamous for this). Be careful not to use anything too strong on the plastic finishes.
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yea that happens to my SL as well but not as worse tho.
anyone got anyidea how to fix the buttons for the stereo unit? thx
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I Just got most of my interior parts back from Robbie at stickynomore.com. I would highly recommend letting someone with experience do this for you. I am certainly a DIY'er whenever possible, but I quickly realized this is potentially a huge PITA. I sent in the vents, NIT cover, steering column, and door cups; and its a huge improvement. Still have the issue with the stereo and window buttons though, that's the tough one....

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Yeah... I'm with you.

I've been posting of a long time about the stereo buttons.

There's no one here that knows where you can replace those buttons?

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Quick and inexpensive solution to all the plastic parts of the interior.

I used the this product to clean the steering column cover. It works great but there is a lot of elbow grease to be done.

After you are finish removing all the original black coat, you can choose to either leave it, like I did, al natural of you can paint it as if you were painting the leather seats.

I also installed the carbon fiber paddles and not only they look great but the profile is much longer making it easier to shift from a wider range. The best part is that the paddles are closed to the steering wheel.

Have a good one.

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Paddles look great! Where did you get them? And how much?

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Question And...................

Did you need to remove the steering wheel to install the paddles?????????? If so, a DIY'er or pro done?? Thanks!
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Got the paddles from

http://www.ferraricarbon.com/index.p...10e2f6636abbe8

Unfortunately very expensive $540.00, but fast shipping it took only a week to get them.

Any one can do the job, the only difficult part is the special torx to remove the airbag, after that remove the hex bolts to remove the steering cover. There is no need to remove the steering wheel. There are two 2mm hex per paddle and you are done.

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