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post #1 of 21 Old 03-21-2013, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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DIY: Shift Knob Refinish

Since I really dislike the feel and ergonomics of the stock Sport shifter, I decided to use an OEM Honda S2000 shift knob. This was also a fun DIY because of the nostalgic nature of the shift knob. As you can see from my sig, I used to own a '08 AP2 S2K and I have never gotten over that beast. Plus, the S2K shift knob just feels "right" in my hand.

Anyways, I found some old sand paper that I had laying around and decided to refinish my S2K Shift Knob. It had a lot of scratches and dings.

What I did to refinish the shift knob...

Here is what the shift knob looked like before. As you can see, it is heavily scratched and looks like a lost cause.



Step 1: I sanded the top portion with 320 grit sandpaper.



Note: The hardest part to sand down is where the leather meets the metal. It took a lot of patience, but after about 15-20 minutes I was able to get enough of the factory finish off (not 100% but good enough). I also focused heavily just under the shift pattern because that's where the majority of the deeper scratches were.

Finished results with 320 grit:






Step 2: I took 400 grit sand paper and did the same thing I did in Step 1. I used 400 grit to smooth out the finish just a bit. I got the majority of the scratches out during this step.

Note: I used blue painters tape to mask off the edge of the leather. I didn't want to ruin the leather.





Step 3: I'm not too sure what grit sand paper I used during this step (probably around 400-500 grit). I used this specific sand paper because it is foam padded which allowed me to get a uniform look. I couldn't mimic the factory finish because they used machinery to produce a circular pattern-- just not possible by hand. So, I decided to give it a brushed aluminum look (horizontal pattern). You can do whatever pattern you want on this step.



Step 4: Now that I got the scratches out and the look I desired, I used 2000 grit automotive sand paper to polish it out even more. It produced a slightly shinier finish and made the shift knob much smoother to touch.



Step 5 (Final): Now that I had a smooth finish, I used 3000 grit automotive sand paper. This particular sand paper is also padded which allowed me to get a very nice even pattern. It also smoothed out the finish even more. I think it turned out great. Note: by having this type of padded sand paper really helps with uniformity and applying even amount of pressure.



This is the end of the sanding process. Here are some pics after I cleaned up the leather and the shift pattern.

1. I used Lexol Leather Conditioner to rejuvenate the leather wrapping.

Before Lexol:


After Lexol:








The top of the shift pattern was a but dull so I used a black Sharpie to color it in. I basically soaked the grooves with ink and let it dry. After it dried, I used my fingertip/fingernail to rub off the excess on top. Note: don't rub too hard because you may end up going too far into the groove and remove the ink.



What a difference!

Here are some pics of the shift knob installed on my car and couple of other Honda's:







Note: For those wondering how I secured the shift boot, I used a Rubber Shock Absorber from Pep Boys (part #: 31012) to keep it from moving around. Credit goes to elabs75accord for giving me this great tip







Thanks for viewing and I hope you guys enjoyed. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.


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DIY: Shift Knob Refinish

Good work! I'm leaning towards the very similar CR-Z knob. If only I could find one that wasn't $115.


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Nice job!

It looks great.

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well done. For me, I bought 2012 TL knob and installed it. Much easier job.

The top almost looks the same.

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damn now i want a manual~! lol no lie

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good job on the refurb.

too bad the base doesn't match the stem size
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A job well done, buddy! Very neat!
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Off topic, sorry but noticed your previous rides jn your sig.

How does your 13 mt sport compare to your 10 g37? I ask because we concidered that car, but the maintenance costs/reliability kind if scared us away..
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well done. For me, I bought 2012 TL knob and installed it. Much easier job.

The top almost looks the same.
The TL shift knob does look very nice. The leather would've probably matched better. Does the bottom of the shift knob clip on the shift boot like the stock? I don't know why but I've always like the look and feel of the S2K knob-- plus it was a fun little project to see if I could get it looking somewhat decent.

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good job on the refurb.

too bad the base doesn't match the stem size
Thanks. The lady also said the same thing. She kind of hates how it looks not being flush with the shift knob. My response is "it's not about looks, it's about feel!" That doesn't change her mind lol.

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Off topic, sorry but noticed your previous rides jn your sig.

How does your 13 mt sport compare to your 10 g37? I ask because we concidered that car, but the maintenance costs/reliability kind if scared us away..
I sold the G37 because I really disliked the automatic transmission. I didn't notice how jerky and confused the transmission acted during the initial test-drive. In stop-and-go traffic, the transmission would jump all over 1st and 2nd causing a very rough ride. This was very disappointing considering it was a 7 speed auto and a "luxury" vehicle. I even took it in the dealership on 3 different visits to get the TSB reflash, transmission flush and nothing seemed to work. It's nice having a manual again to control what gear to be in. Additionally, I decided it wasn't worth paying the extra for premium gas and only getting 19mpg.

The G is a VERY FAST sedan. The power was great when you floored it and handling and road feel was pretty good. Comfort-wise, I would say it's about even with the Sport. I do like the cloth seats in the Sport better than leather just because it requires less maintenance.

IMO the G is a nice car if you can used to the jerkiness of the transmission. As far as technology, the Sport has more features and just looks a bit more modern. I really like the Sport and I think it was a good decision to trade it in.

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Any chance we can get a pic of the TL shift knob?
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Good work! I'm leaning towards the very similar CR-Z knob. If only I could find one that wasn't $115.


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Have you looked at the 9th gen Civic SI shift knobs? Exact same design but with red stitching. I think it will look better because of the red stitching, which is the theme color of the Sport.


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For 2013 the CR-Z ditched the blue stitching in favor of red, just like the Civic Si.



They are nearly identical, so either one would work. I just don't want a knob that doesn't fit flush with the silver mounting "washer" (for lack of a better term) where it meets the boot. It looks like either of these knobs would have the same appearance as the S2000 shifter where it meets the silver washer.


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