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Did you use any kind of clear coat?
EDIT- never mind I went back and found your post in the “what did you do to your 6 today” thread
No problem, yes; multiple coats of semi-gloss black followed by multiple coats of semi-gloss clear. Here's a better picture of the completed paint job before I installed the radio & shifter bezels back into the car
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Finally found a way to fix the issue of my high beam indicator coming on with my fog lights, ended up completely tearing apart the fuse box and doing some wiring of my own. And painted the center console/radio bezel,
3 coats krylon bonding primer


4 coats of krylon fusion satin black


Lost count of how many coats of krylon satin clear but the finished product looks good





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Installed these just now: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F332869279130


Just for reference here are the old ones



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Well I was under the car today because when I changed the oil I thought I saw some residue on the frame and well... it looks like my valve cover is leaking as well as the dipstick tube (which has broken free from its bracket as of last Friday) just when I thought I had taken care of all the leaks




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...painted the center console/radio bezel...

MUCH better!

I'm meeting a guy tomorrow morning who's parting out his car & we're doing a front seat swap as my driver's seat has a bunch of issues. His car is a manual trans & I'm totally going to steal your 'millennial theft deterrent' shifter boot idea. That's genius.

Did it bother you that your lower console and original radio faceplate had those strips down the sides but your new faceplate doesn't? It's a little difficult to see in your last picture how noticeable it is that the lines don't go all the way up (I have a 2004 so don't have those strips, but the car tomorrow is a 2008 and does, so I'll end up with the same configuration you have now, unless I can get just the boot to fit on its own).

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MUCH better!



I'm meeting a guy tomorrow morning who's parting out his car & we're doing a front seat swap as my driver's seat has a bunch of issues. His car is a manual trans & I'm totally going to steal your 'millennial theft deterrent' shifter boot idea. That's genius.



Did it bother you that your lower console and original radio faceplate had those strips down the sides but your new faceplate doesn't? It's a little difficult to see in your last picture how noticeable it is that the lines don't go all the way up (I have a 2004 so don't have those strips, but the car tomorrow is a 2008 and does, so I'll end up with the same configuration you have now, unless I can get just the boot to fit on its own).


Not only is it a “theft deterrent” I think it looks cleaner than the auto bezel. The lines don’t bother me too much, especially now that they’re black not silver. You might not have to swap your whole bezel though, I’m not sure about the 04 style but on mine I had the holes already in the bottom of it for the shift boot retainer so all I had to do was remove the auto insert and screw in the manual boot retainer
I also used a nut on the the shaft of the shifter for a better fit with the boot I don’t have a pic but the but it went under the boot so the shift knob could tighten down on top of it holding the boot in place
What does bother me however is this, when my analog oil pressure gauge quit working and I bought this one I did not consider the color until the first time I drove it at night lol



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You might not have to swap your whole bezel though
I'll have to take a look at it more closely and compare them tomorrow, but I think the shift gate piece is a different shape 2004 vs 2007/8 - mine has squared off bottom corners where yours is rounded and I don't think goes all the way to the edge of the console section like mine.

Adding a bolt under the boot is a good idea too; it will go a long way in getting the shift knob higher too as mine screws down quite low.

You must have been thrilled the first time you lit up that gauge at night!
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- 08 Front Seats
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- Magnaflow catback exhaust (resonator delete)

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I'll have to take a look at it more closely and compare them tomorrow, but I think the shift gate piece is a different shape 2004 vs 2007/8 - mine has squared off bottom corners where yours is rounded and I don't think goes all the way to the edge of the console section like mine.



Adding a bolt under the boot is a good idea too; it will go a long way in getting the shift knob higher too as mine screws down quite low.



You must have been thrilled the first time you lit up that gauge at night!


Ah I do see the difference at the bottom, also I believe the thread size for the shifter is an m8 IIRC.
Yes the first time I turned the headlights on I couldn’t believe I had made such a stupid mistake needless to say I had a few choice words at the time.


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Well, it seemed like a reasonable request as he's scrapping the car this week anyway, but he wouldn't let the console & boot go, worrying that the scrapper would try to gouge him on the missing parts. Not really convinced, as he's going to get less than $500 for the whole car anyway but...whatever. While he wouldn't go on the shifter stuff, I was able to convince him to let me take his antenna base and leave a hole in his roof. Go figure. (someone snapped my antenna off last week and left a rusty stub that I have been unable to get out & even eBay wants more than $50 for a base)

I see in your signature that you have lowering springs on your "Want' list. Take a look at Eibach (my wagon springs are being delivered tomorrow); they have a number of sets on deep discount (less than 1/2 price) and may be the answer for you. $122 for a set of quality, vehicle-specific springs is pretty tough to beat.

Mazda 6 Wagon Springs, likely a better choice for your hatch than sedan springs with a 1.6" drop all around

or if you want the sedan set (1.5" front, 1.4" rear)

Mazda 6 Sedan Springs

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- Magnaflow catback exhaust (resonator delete)

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