Replacement Door Cup not true black

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I picked up a new drivers side replacement door cup as the old on has broken clips and found it is not a true black, but more of a dark textured grey. It just doesn't look right with the blacked out interior. What is the proper way to fix this (die, paint etc.?)?
 
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I picked up a new drivers side replacement door cup as the old on has broken clips and found it is not a true black, but more of a dark textured grey. It just doesn't look right with the blacked out interior. What is the proper way to fix this (die, paint etc.?)?
I'd recommend going to one of the salvage mustang dealers and finding the part that way. I've heard mixed reviews about the dye. The reason has to do with the different interior colors between 94-98 and 99-04. IIRC ford switched from a true black interior in 94-98 to a charcoal black in 99-04 (the charcoal black being more of a really dark grey).
 

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N8Dogg98:

That's a good suggestion.

millhouse:

Since the door 'cup' is an oftened handled piece, the dye may wear through.

I have read many "dying" threads and the most important thing is, of course, the prep work, just like any paint job. Light, even coats and several of them and give it plenty of time (several days) to dry before using it.

Chris
 

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I'd recommend going to one of the salvage mustang dealers and finding the part that way. I've heard mixed reviews about the dye. The reason has to do with the different interior colors between 94-98 and 99-04. IIRC ford switched from a true black interior in 94-98 to a charcoal black in 99-04 (the charcoal black being more of a really dark grey).
Hmm, well...the Stealership double checked the numbers and that is in fact the correct part. I'm wondering if they just don't make the old part anymore? Either way, considering how fragile those damn clips are on the door cups and how the gloss seems to chip off of them...I'm afraid anything except new is going to be a POS.

Are these parts that can be died, or do they need to be painted?
 

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Hmm, well...the Stealership double checked the numbers and that is in fact the correct part. I'm wondering if they just don't make the old part anymore? Either way, considering how fragile those damn clips are on the door cups and how the gloss seems to chip off of them...I'm afraid anything except new is going to be a POS.

Are these parts that can be died, or do they need to be painted?
Yeah, that chipping BS is ghey. Both my doors have the same issue. I was thinking about having that rubberized coating stripped off and getting them painted gloss black to match the exterior color. Someone on this site has a metallic red car and painted the door cups and the shifter/radio bezel metallic red to match the exterior and it looked really good.

Normally I think it is kind of rice to paint interior parts, but if the existing stuff is wearing through then it just looks trashy.
 
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