Simple Upgrades Make a 2019 F-150 Lariat a Whole Lot Sportier

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2019 Ford F-150

F-150 has a host of upgrades that any owner can do themselves, yet they make a huge different in the look of this truck.

While scrolling through Ford Truck Enthusiasts2015+ F-150 section of the forums, we came across the project thread that showcases the 2019 Lariat owned by “CNW.” After getting this new pickup early this year, he has added a collection of upgrades inside and out, creating a truck that stands out in a crowd of America’s best-selling vehicle. Best of all, each of the upgrades made to this new Ford truck are things that can be done by any owner, even if you don’t have any experience modifying a vehicle.

The Introduction

When the OP first introduced us to his 2019 Ford F-150, he provided the following information along with a spread of pictures of the exterior from every angle.

Have had my Lariat 6 weeks now and finally able to start making it mine. Tonneau cover. Wheels. Tailgate letters. Waiting on the interior until it is warmer.

A tonneau cover like the unique shown here from UnderCover LUX is a must-have item for anyone who frequently uses their bed to haul smaller items while the wheels and tailgate lettering bolster the red-and-black theme that this truck featured from the factory.

2019 Ford F-150

The Community Loves the Look

Just about everyone who commented on this project praised the red-and-black look, and while a few people posted that they don’t love the trend of matte black, even that member likes the result.

GABAR” was the first to gush about the color:

Congrats on your new truck and Ruby Red, just like White Platinum is worth the extra cost.

2019 Ford F-150

Those sentiments were shared by “onug”:

That red with all the black trim looks amazing. I’ve never been a huge fan of red on anything but a Ferrari, but I’d get that red on a truck.

As well as “johnday”:

Ruby Red! Liked that color since it first came out in ’13, so now, I’ve had three vehicles that color. Like that front grille, looks the way it should.

2019 Ford F-150

While “Cathedral Club” and “smokewagun” have mixed feelings about matte black, but positive views of this truck.

Headed Inside

Once the weather warmed up, the OP turned his attention to the interior, painting a collection of items throughout the cabin.

Making some headway. A little. It has been so cold around here spray painting has been limited. My plan is to paint the grey items in the interior the Ruby Red color of my truck body. Well, most of them, perhaps not the console.

2019 Ford F-150

He also shared the painted interior pictures shown here as he finished each of them in matching Ruby Red, leading to “johnday” asking about the paint choice.

Cool! Where did you get the paint? How’s it match the body. I just ordered a kit from “Touch Up Direct”. Primer, base coat, mid coat, and clear, for some fender badges. Not sure how it’ll turn out, I understand the clear is actually tinted on OEM Ruby Red.

2019 Ford F-150

To which the OP provided this information:

Three cans: base red, top-coat red and clear coat. Color match was right-on. Paint is from Amazon.

2019 Ford F-150

After the OP mentioned the console, “Kingofwylietx” offered a look at his center console, which he painted black. He also included the pictures below.

I really like the console in low gloss black. I pulled mine out and painted it. I think it looks better than the silver from the factory. You be the judge, it’s just a suggestion…but I think it will go much better with your red trim pieces.

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That led to the OP also painting his center console black, and as the other member suggested, it does look great with the Ruby Red accents.

2019 Ford F-150

In the end, not everyone loves the color red in general and others prefer a more monotone interior layout, but the majority of the community loves the look of this 2019 F-150 inside and out.

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