Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: north New Jersey USA
Ferrari Life Posts: 113
Key cokor change (pix)
Hello all, I am not sure why, but most 360 keys I have seen are a bit tattered and worn. It appears that the factory simply painted directly on top if the aluminum casting, with little regard to how the finish would wear. My car as I am sure most Fcar owner's is in real nice shape. The key, not so much. Anyway, My thought was the key matching the calipers would be nice, so, being my key needed a refresh, and I am chaning my caliper color to yellow, this would motivate me to start the caliper job.
Being I eat, breathe and sleep cars, I have lots of tools and equipment. Some at home, some at work. I used a glass bead cabinet to strip the key of the old paint. This also does a good job of "roughing it up" enough for the primer to stick ( note, I did not post the primer type or stage of paint, but it was done. I use a fast dry sandable metal primer)
The glass bead step can be done by sanding with a mildly corse paper ( 220 or finer). If you decide to do this, and don't feel like sanding, I will gladly mask off, and bead blast for you. PM me for address. Blasting literally takes 2 minutes, so if you are local, I will do it while you wait. If not, send it and I will send it back stripped and taped.
The heat gun and razor was used to remove the tiny cavalino. I was surprised as to how well this was attached. Without the heat, it would not budge. I didn't want to break it, so the heat gun did the trick. You can see I have a pro quality gun that has it's own stand, but I am sure a hair dryer would provide enough heat to do this. Slowly heat the painted portion ( the aluminum housing) until the glue lets go, You may need pliers to hold it as it needs a fair amount of heat to release the factory adhesive.
Overall, this is a pretty easy job that most can do. The end result makes the effort worth it, When done, you will have a key you are truly proud of!!!!