Jazz up Your Car's Interior with the Right Center Console
The center console, because of its location and size, can be considered as the focal point of your car’s interior. After all, this is what your passengers mostly see when they step inside the cabin. And depending on your vehicle make and model, it’s also where some dashboard controls are mounted on. It’s also where you usually place a variety of objects while driving such as your bag, mug, and even gadgets. So if you’re tired of your car’s interior or the old console is starting to show its age, it’s time to jazz things up with a new one. To help you find the right center console, here are a few things to consider:
If you simply want to replace an old console, take a look at the color of your car’s seats or interior and look up its color code. Then use this code as a guide when shopping for a new console. Now if you want to jazz up a stale interior, look for a shade that’ll complement the color or style of the seats and dashboard.
When it comes to design, you have many options. From a traditional style to a custom-built layout for classic or antique vehicles, the choices are practically endless. You just have to make sure that the console design matches your car’s specs. Keep in mind that vehicles with a gear stick usually have this control mounted on the part of the center console that’s sandwiched between the front seats. Depending on your car make and model, additional controls such as window switches may also be mounted on the console.
A tray and tray cover are just some of the accessories you can attach on a center console. Some vehicles also have a built-in cup holder and ashtray on their consoles, so be sure to check what other accessories are integrated into your car’s console.
Aftermarket consoles are available in two basic types: drill and no-drill. If you want a hassle-free installation, opt for a no-drill type. However, this type may not be applicable to your car make and model. So before buying a new console, make sure it matches your car’s installation requirements.
How to Restore a Rubber Center Console in 4 Steps
As the focal point of your car’s interior, the center console can sometimes make or break the overall look. This is why a damaged or dirty console should be restored or fixed as soon as possible. Fortunately, many consoles are made or coated with rubber, an easy-to-clean material that’s also highly durable. If your rubber console is showing its age through cracks and stains, it’s time to get your hands dirty. Simply follow the steps and tips below to restore the console to its former glory:
Difficulty level: Easy
- Car interior cleaner or dishwasher liquid
- Rubber gloves
Step 1: Assess the damage. Take a look at the console and see how much area is cracked or damaged. Years of use can lead to a peeling rubber coating, hard-to-remove stains, and stubborn grime buildup.
Step 2: Prepare your cleaning solution. You can either use an interior cleaner that’s specifically designed for your vehicle or a dishwashing liquid. If you’re going to use dishwashing liquid, make sure it doesn’t contain harsh ingredients that might damage the already worn-out console. For a more thorough clean, you can mix hot (scalding) water into the cleaning solution.
Step 3: Rub away the cracked rubber and stains. Dip a sponge into the cleaning mixture and rub it on the damaged surface for 2 to 3 minutes. However, if the cracked rubber or stains are hard to remove, keep on rubbing until the surface of the console looks a bit lighter. Because this will result in a lighter and newer looking surface, clean the entire console to make sure all the areas match in color.
Step 4: Rinse away any soap residue. Using a sponge dipped in plain water, rub away any soap or cleaner residue. Then wipe the surface dry with a clean cloth.
- Clean hard-to-reach spots (spaces between switches and ledges) with an old toothbrush.
- Always use a microfiber cloth to avoid scratching your already scratched center console.
- Never apply the cleaning solution directly to the console surface. Always apply it with a cloth or sponge to prevent damaging sensitive components such as electrical switches.