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SEM paint and other interior questions
So as you may have seen I am deleting my rear seat and making custom panels to fill in the floor section and altering existing panels to clear the roll bar.

So my 1st question is this-  I've repainted the rear panels with SEM Medium Ginger and they look really good.  Is there anything I should use on top of the SEM paint to maintain it?

Now onto my other question, which is really more of an opinion type question.

The two panels I'm making will be made out of sheet metal and will be covered with either a very nice matching vinyl that I have, or they could be alternatively covered with Ginger Carpet.  I have enough material to do either.  Access to the rear of the car is limited by the Roll Bar and requires removing the driver side front seat to get back there-so once it is together, cleaning is going to be  .  .  . challenging.  I'm leaning towards the vinyl all the way back as I think it will be easier to maintain.  I've got to cover where the trap door was and I'm inclined to do that in the carpet as it will be more in keeping with the stock interior pattern, but I could just as easily do it in the vinyl I suppose.

If I were to do everything in vinyl, I think it would be a giant sea of Ginger and I'm a little worried about how that would look.


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"I love my Hookers!" and "Get some Strange" probably have a different connotation to non automotive enthusiasts!
I like your idea about the carpet better.  I had an '82 Mustang that I made a hard cover with the same color carpet for the hatchback area (and sunk in some stereo speakers).  Looked awesome and only took an occasional vacuuming to keep it nice (OK - I was obsessed and used to wash my car every weekend regardless).  A buddy of mine liked my idea and we did the same thing in his '85 5.0 Capri, but used upholstery-matching vinyl (black) with 1/4" padding.  It made things a lot hotter in the car (probably because it was a big area of black vinyl and he didn't have louvers like I did), and it started drying out and cracking only a year later.  It also showed the dust, and especially more so when he started using vinyl/leather conditioner (probably just Armor-All) - it turned the dust into mud and looked like crap eventually.

Of course, his was a black car with black vinyl in southern New Mexico.  I'm sure the ginger interior in yours would be a lot more forgiving (as it was in mine)... but it's a proven fact that carpet doesn't show dust accumulation. whistling

As far as what to put over the SEM - I don't think you need to put anything over it.  But, it might not be a bad idea to go with some matte/satin finish urethane enamel clear-coat.  I'm just leaving mine un-cleared for now.


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Thanks. I had also considered a combination of the two- basically a carpet stripe down the middle or a vinyl stripe down the middle-but I don't want to end up with it being too busy.

Doing it with either carpet or vinyl is fairly easy. Doing it with multiple materials is a bit harder-but still very manageable. I'm leaning towards the vinyl, but still not certain.

Carpet may not show dust, but it sure captures a lot of dirt that would otherwise blow off easily with compressed air. Biggest problem will be cleaning the rear window, though that is likely to become a once a year activity (Which would be about as often as I do it anyway.)

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"I love my Hookers!" and "Get some Strange" probably have a different connotation to non automotive enthusiasts!
Hi Jeff,

There is not much you can do to protect the SEM paint finish as such from normal wear and tear. Rattle can or aerosol paints are not as durable or long lasting as 2 Pack paints are, regards chipping/scratching/marking/marring/scuffing/abrasion resistance/solvent resistance etc.

Regards your new back section - i think carpet is the better option for what you want to do here, but tell me, what color is your existing  floor carpet in the main cabin of the car?

Is it black or ginger? You may consider black carpet for the back of the car instead of ginger. I always thought black and ginger was  a good marriage of colors per say.

Greg. Smile

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