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    1977-79 Seat/Window Switch Housing, Ashtray Lid - Resto Kits

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    I've been developing a variety of restoration decals for the 1977-79 Continental and Mark V interior woodgrain panels and selling on Ebay for a few years, slowly adding parts as time allowed. Feedback has been great, a few tweaks made, and now I have most items available. They are:

    Mark V - Standard and Diamond Jubilee / Collector's Series
    -Driver's switch housing, $25
    -Passenger switch housing and ashtray lid, 2-piece Kit, $36
    -LH and RH parts above plus the LH rear ashtray, 4-piece Kit, $70
    -RH Dash Panel above glove box, 3-piece Kit, $43
    -Steering Wheel Horn Pad, Cruise and Horn button, 2-piece Kit, $34
    -Driver's Instrument Cluster Cover, $90
    -DJE/CS Steering Wheel Horn Button only, $15
    -DJE/CS Front Seat back map pocket panel, $37


    Continental, Town Coupe, Town Car
    -Driver's switch housing, $25
    -Passenger switch housing and ashtray lid, 2-piece Kit, $36
    -LH or RH Rear switch housing and ashtray lid, 2-piece Kit, $28
    -All Four Doors, 7-piece Kit, $110
    -Steering Wheel Horn Pad, Cruise and Horn button, 2-piece Kit, $34

    Here is a link to one of the Ebay listings, where I have provided details about the material and processes for applying it successfully:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/142198813582?ss ... 1555.l2649

    The description there is similar for most, and if you click on "See other items", you will see each of the individual decals as well as kits that are available. This ad reads:

    This listing is for two high quality decals to restore the appearance of the 1977 - 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V passenger side seat/window switch housing and ashtray lid. They are pre-cut precisely for a perfect fit, and the lettering has been reset as part of the image so all is bright and clear, and will not rub off as with the originals. Separate listings are available for the driver side and also for a kit to do both sides plus the stand alone ashtray.

    The material is a 3M vinyl that is used mainly for exterior automotive wraps. It is designed to be UV-fade resistant, durable, and flexible; able to follow most any shape. It has a bit of elastic capability before distorting that makes it easy to fit exactly to flat or contoured surfaces. It also has just the right amount of light reflection. I trialed several different materials and this one is excellent for the application.

    A few observations and suggestions that apply to installing each of the available kits onto a variety of surfaces:

    1. It is very important to have your starting surface be as smooth as possible. The vinyl is thin enough to reveal any specs, scratches, etc. Hand sanding is usually fine for most pieces. For deep scratches, other damage, molding depressions (sometimes on the steering wheel horn pad bases), to get a very smooth surface consider using a primer/filler material, then sanding down, repeating as needed.

    2. I also use course, then medium sand paper to remove some material from the bottom of the ashtray lid buttons, also rounding the bottom edges. This allows a slightly larger gap to the lid surface and reduces the chances of scratching it.

    3. Also make sure your surface is very clean; no sand left over and no fingerprints, etc. I use rubbing alcohol on a folded paper towel and it works great on all surfaces.

    4. One your surface is ready, place the decal as-is (un-peeled) in exactly the location in needs to be on your part. Makes sure edges line up nicely, any cutouts are all aligned to cutouts in the decal, etc. Then tape one end of the decal securely in place so that it won’t slip, staying exactly in its final location. I use black electrical tape, it holds in place and then releases well.

    5. Lift the un-taped side of the decal and peel about half of the white backing material away from the sticky decal, and carefully cut away the lifted section of backing. Do not attempt to tear the backing with your fingers; you’ll leave residue on the decal’s adhesive that will be very difficult to get off. Use scissors.

    6. Lower the exposed portion of the decal into position pressing into place with your fingers starting at the cut-line you’ve just made and working outward toward the edges of the part. Use enough downward pressure and go slowly to get out any wrinkles or air bubbles. You might use a plastic straight edge for larger surfaces like the Mark V passenger side dash panel, to squeegee out the decal evenly.

    7. Remove the tape pulling parallel across the surface gently, not lifting upward off the part, and repeat the process for the remaining portion. Remove the rest of the backing and again work from center outward.

    8. You can pull on the material just a bit without distorting it if necessary to get all edges to land exactly where they should. The decals are cut precisely for fit where applicable, but there are always slight variations and going slowly and carefully will get a great result.

    9. If something does go wrong; the decal touches a part it shouldn’t, gets a wrinkle or bubble while applying…in any case where you must lift the exposed decal from some surface, try to do so with small, firm, quick, jerk-like motion. This will reduce chances of permanently deforming the decal. Try to avoid grabbing an edge and pulling harder, then harder until it starts to release – this will likely cause too much stretch.

    10. If in worst case you do stretch the decal beyond a border of some kind, it is easy to trim with an exacto knife, razor blade, or similar once all is firmly in place.

    11. Feel free to contact me any time with questions. I will also do the installation work for you.

    Contact me directly at [email protected] or 920-205-1295 if you prefer, with any questions, suggestions, comments, or for a 15% discount off Ebay prices shown above.

    The pictures attached show most of the decals and a few finished products. The last picture is an NOS part on top of the decal to demonstrate the color and pattern match.

    I hope this is helpful for you! Smooth Roads,
    Perry
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    The steering wheel horn pad kit, completed cruise button surround, completed assembly
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