Reviving Faded Switches

Worn out car parts such as rusted panels, seat belts, and weatherstrip is non-negotiable and requires replacing while some parts just need a little TLC.  The turn signal/wiper switch on most 240’s are fully functional but are usually severely faded.   There are reproduction switches available, but it would bother me to replace perfectly working switches simply because they were faded, so I decided to save them.The painting process was the same as with all the other plastic panels.  The challenge was restoring the icons. Here are the before and after results following a video review.


The dirt on the stalks was removed using a standard green scratch pad. They were then painted with SEM trim black however, any automotive plastic paint should do.

The dimensions of each icon were measured with a caliper gauge and recreated in Adobe Illustrator.

After applying the decals, the switches were coated with a matte clear acrylic lacquer. The end results were better than expected.

The process in a nutshell:

STEP 1: Clean stalks with a dry green scratch pad
STEP 2: Repaint Stalks
STEP 3: Apply decals
STEP 4: Apply multiple light coats of clear
STEP 5: Allow clear to cure overnight

Stalk restoration service/decals are available to purchase by clicking here

How to apply the decals can be found by clicking here

15 replies
  1. Ed
    Ed says:

    I don’t suppose you’re interested in selling these decals? Looking to restore the light bulb icon on my 3rd gen camry’s blinker stalk. Wanted to buy a whole new part because I have an unhealthy obsession with these rebadged lexuses but unsurprisingly some parts for a 24+ year old car are long out of production…so a decal will do. I’ve noticed that almost every 3rd gen camry for sale where I’m at has the light bulb icon faded due to the way the driver usually hits the indicator stalk, very rare to find one with that decal intact.


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