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    987.1 mods: center console and 12V socket

    I have a new-to-me 2006 Cayman S with a low 24,000 miles. Interior soft touch paint is getting tacky and less than attractive.

    I also seem to be compulsive about farkling and shopping the parts markets. I recently bought a slightly age-damaged 997 OEM carbon fiber console and am trying to refurbish it for my use.

    One little issue I have with my car is that using devices in the lighter socket blows fuses. I hope that it is the known issue of the lighter socket not really being a 12V accessory socket. Since I am putting in a new console that currently has no electrics attached: has anyone replaced the lighter socket with another OEM 12V socket like is found in console rear and passenger footwell?

    Having both sockets on the console active would be a benefit to me.

    Also, has anyone ever tried repair of an OEM carbon fiber console? I am assuming that it requires heat, patience, clamps and epoxy. I have done a small bit of fiberglass work, and think that I can get a pretty good end product. No vacuum bag, though. Am I stupid for trying to do a home job on this?

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    Re: 987.1 mods: center console and 12V socket

    FYI I know a lot of people try to make out like the soft touch has to be chemically stripped off of your old console in order to paint the console. This is false. I decided to have my body shop try painting my console. I figured worst case it didn't work out and I would have it leather wrapped or buy a new one. They just sanded down the console, primed and painted it for me and it looks great! No different than a factory painted console.

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    Re: 987.1 mods: center console and 12V socket

    OK, thanks for that input.

    The one that I am going to paint is OEM molded Carrera White. No paint or soft touch.

    I bought the "banana" off E-bay, and that was soft touch black. I hit it with some oven cleaner (I also wore nitrile gloves) and scraped it with a credit card. the finish came right off and rinsed to clean plastic.

    I am also going to do the interior door trim surrounds (A-pillar to B-Pillar). Mine are so scratched. The finish comes off on any touch. As well, i will take off the silver front air dam lips and get them ready for paint.

    Then, everything will be primed and painted body color. I am using an HPLV air gun and cheap home compressor. I painted my Jeep's hard top in two part automotive paint, and it came out pretty good. So, i think that I can do this. I can do it in stages, so that it is ready when I have to put the console back on when I am done with my Numeric cables install.

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