Restoring And Converting A 1960 Mercury Comet Dash To 2-Tone Paint Scheme – San Diego, California

I just finished restoring a dash on a 1960 Mercury Comet. The dash was originally red, but the customer wanted to go with a 2 tone look. Since I’m a big fan of 2 tone interiors, I was more than happy to do it. For a 53 year old car, it had the typical surface rust and grime, so it was all taken down to bare metal. The Comet came with no dash pad from the factory, so I painted the top using the trim as a dividing line. Since the upper dash molding used a lot of clips, I used the clip holes as a guide for the line. I painted the top of the dash black first, and sprayed a little past the dividing line. Before painting the lower half red, I allowed the black to dry over night.

All the original chrome had very miner pitting, so in keeping the original patina I carefully cleaned all of it with super fine steel wool and a fine pick. The instrument gauges needed a little more attention. Once I clean the chrome, I repainted it with the factory correct Argent silver paint. As you can see by the pictures, I did not mask off the instrument bezel. That is more work than you think, so I use a special process to clean off the areas that does not have paint. Before putting the gauges back together, I carefully cleaned the inside, and painted the gauge needles. It turned out real good for an original instrument bezel.

The only non-factory addition was Custom Autosound’s 680 series radio. The original radio was still in the dash, and a 90’s style tape deck radio hung underneath. The Custom Autosound radio has a factory appearance, and they even made the push buttons to look like the ivory originals. I did use the original knobs off the original radio to give it even a more factory look. Time warp from a AM tube radio to a modern radio with Sirius, USB and iPhone capabilities.

If you want to restore your Mercury Comet interior, then give Classic Resto Garage a call at a 619-929-8506, or fill the contact form.

Happy Cruising!

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