With my latch pillar covers a mess, I was wondering if I might be able to do some restoration to get them back to a usable condition. I've tried to find some replacements, but without much luck. I did find a pair that are suppose to be good, but haven't seen them as they're asking $135 for the pair.
Part of the surface has serious UV damage that just flakes off with a fingernail. I was thinking that I might be able to brush off the UV damaged surface, and then repair the obvious bad spots. Then perhaps I could paint them with a vinyl/plastic paint to match the interior.
Here is a photo of the latch pillar covers. They run along the rear of the door opening, and trim out that flange down to the sill plate. Regular windlass runs along the top of the door opening, and down the front flange to the kick panel.
This is a closeup of the passenger side. It is the worst, although the driver's side isn't much better. The UV damage to the surface runs for about 12 inches, or so, around this center bend area. I'm guessing that between the UV, and getting in and out of the car caused most of the wear.
Driver's side cover showing its damage. I need to fill the holes in both, and then "restore" the surfaces so they can be painted to match the new interior color. You can kind of get an idea of the depth of the UV damage from this, and the previous, photo.
I need some suggestions on what might be used for the patching? I'm thinking some kind of plastic/vinyl "goop" is needed, but don't know what. I need something that will stay somewhat flexible, allow some shaping and be paintable to match the interior color scheme.
My other thought was to cut the cover off just above the large area near the bottom, and run regular plastic weatherstrip down to it. Not sure I like that idea, but it might be an option. I don't need it today, so I have some time to look. Anyone fixed anything like this before?