Blinded by the light...

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by reddog99, Nov 13, 2015.

  1. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    My drive home from work takes me in directions where the afternoon sun shines thru the drivers side window and reflects off the shiny steering wheel into my face. It can be very distracting in heavy traffic to not be able to see the heavy traffic...

    I have applied some blue masking tape over the shiny aluminum, and although it works well, it is unavoidably ugly. I assume that I can't be the only person with this problem. Does anyone else have a solution, other than waving your hand around to try to shade the steering wheel?
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  3. Sil3nt611

    Sil3nt611 Active Member

    I've noticed that before, but it doesn't happen regularly enough for me to do anything about it. Would have preferred they did a non-shiney color. It's not as bad as the chrome rings around the air ducts in the company Mustang.

    I drive towards the sun and when we go back forward an hour in the Spring I will be driving towards the sun going to and coming home from work again. But I always get the sun right in that spot where the visor doesn't cover between the A-pillar and visor.
  4. haste

    haste Member

    Window tint?
  5. Karl Kutchi

    Karl Kutchi New Member

  6. niblick

    niblick New Member

    Do you know if it's removable? I don't have this problem, so I never really worry about this. But if it is, perhaps some black Plasti Dip might look decent...
  7. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    That stuff looks nice, but it would be virtually impossible to apply without wrinkles & folds. Besides, since it's a vinyl, it's probably shiny, too... Why can't Ford make something like that stock? As far as the Plasti-dip goes, I don't think I've ever even seen it, so I can't comment. Is it shiny? How thick is the coating?

    Unfortunately, I can't think of any solution that wouldn't be more trouble than it's worth. What I thought I might try after I retire next year, is to remove that aluminum part and dust blast it to make it as dull as possible. After that, it would get a black anodize treatment.
  8. niblick

    niblick New Member

    Plasti Dip has a matte finish. As for how thick the coating, that depends on how many coats you apply. The nice thing about it is, if you get sick of it, you can remove it very easily. I applied it to the center console of my old WRX. I'll see if I can find a picture.
  9. niblick

    niblick New Member

    Here we go. This is the best quality one I could find, hopefully it's clear enough for you.

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  10. reddog99

    reddog99 Active Member

    That Plastidip looks all right. Maybe I'll try that instead of dust blasting. It would sure be easier to apply if it didn't need to be disassembled.
    Of course, by next summer I won't need to commute to work anymore, so it may no longer be an issue by then...

    Ford designers must be crazy to put something that shiny just two feet from a drivers face.

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