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Old 11-01-2011, 01:06 PM   #1
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DIY: custom red suede interior pieces

Hello fellow fanatics! Just was looking at my car and thinking about how much nicer the interior would look with some red suede accenting. I wish I could do the headliner, but I'm not a professional, and for that I apologize. I'm also leaving the b pillar out of the mix. I've been looking through the forums and it seems like a lot of unnecessary work to get one little piece off. For now I'm just doing the a and c pillar, the rear windshield brake light cover, the alarm center roof liner cover, and the sunroof/mic button trim. If someone shoots me an idea as to how I can completely wrap the headliner (nicely), I might look into doing it later on. I started yesterday and already finished with the a and c pillars. I'm sorry, I'm not the best at doing write-ups for DIY's but I thought I'd let you know the materials needed to complete the job. I'm off to start wrapping. I'll be back with pics in a bit!
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:25 PM   #2
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Finished! Pics...

Total time: 5 hours of work

Materials needed: i purchased a yard of red suede and a half yard of black suede, helenes tacky adhesive spray, x-acto precision razor edge)

Total cost: approximately $65

I like the way it turned out. Sorry i pretty much failed at this DIY because i did all the wrapping and didn't think to stop and take pics :/ oh well. I'm thinking of wrapping the b pillars and headliner, then making the car trim red. Ill make a complete DIY including the removal of the b pillars (i know how frustrating it was to disassemble that thing with NO HELP FROM THE INTERNET! All removal diy i found were for a coupe). Lemme know what you think!

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Old 11-01-2011, 05:28 PM   #3
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Oh, I almost forgot about the pics above.
1. The microsuede material i used (purchased from Joann fabrics for $32/yard)
2. Helenes tacky adhesive spray (great for holding wrapping + doesn't bleed or discolor)
3. Peel off original fabric
4. Spray entire surface with spray (until it looks a bit frost)
APPLY SUEDE/FABRIC CAREFULLY!
The adhesive spray is very sticky and can cause wrinkles.
5. Apply material and cut outline with an Xacto knife (also purchased at Joann fabrics for $6)
6. I painted the plastic vent pieces from the alarm cover
7.finished cover
8-9. Completed c pillars
10. Completed c pillars alarm cover and brake light cover
11. Spraying a pillar trim piece
12. Completed a pillar trim piece
13. A pillar before trim is attached
14. Completed a pillar

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Old 11-01-2011, 11:54 PM   #4
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If you like it man then whatever, to much red for my taste. Anyways, you should have taken it all apart and then wrapped everything, cause now when you choose to finish the job you're going to have to take all that stuff off again.
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:59 PM   #5
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ive been contemplating doing my whole interior roof to different type of suede than the OEM. Something thats softer feeling.
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Old 11-02-2011, 02:16 AM   #6
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If you like it man then whatever, to much red for my taste.
I'm guessing you dont have red interior then . Idk i was thinking yellow but i thought it might look dirty. Its not as bright as the pictures make it look (my camera has a super flash haha). Just personnal preference i guess

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Old 11-02-2011, 02:53 AM   #7
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I'm curious as to how this glue will hold up
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:39 AM   #8
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I'm curious as to how this glue will hold up
prob won't stay for long. even 3M #77 sucks. I think I'm trying #80 next time
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I'm curious as to how this glue will hold up
I'm worried about the same thing. In other threads on wrapping the interior, it seems like this helene's tacky spray had the best results. It stuck firmly, plus I used clips on the corners for added support. It's only been a day, so I can't say it's holding up. I'll let you know if it begins to pull away or wrinkle. Cross you're fingers for me
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ive been contemplating doing my whole interior roof to different type of suede than the OEM. Something thats softer feeling.
The microsuede has a really nice, soft feel to it. If I were you however, I would get it done professionally. Not because I think you'd have a tough time doing it, but because you're car is ssssssssssexy . Then again, you don't have a sunroof which should make things a bit easier

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Old 11-04-2011, 10:20 AM   #11
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:28 AM   #12
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If you didn't youse automotive grade material the color will fade...
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Looks great. Just have to finish the headliner. How is the durability against fading?
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Looks great. Just have to finish the headliner. How is the durability against fading?
Black Headliner or Bust. Right now your car has the interior of 66' Impala. Get all that off color eggshell outta there
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So far so good. No wrinkling, fading, loose fabric or any problems. I really want to do the headliner black. I just don't want to do it if its going to look shotty

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I really want to do a black suede or vinyl wrap on my pillars and maybe headliner. I reglued my pillar covers last year and they are coming loose again.

My one concern is the airbags. How does the a-pillar cover separate when the airbag goes off and will changing the material have any detrimental effects? I was thinking of removing the fabric and epoxy coating the pillar cover to make a CF wrap possible, but I really don't want to get slapped in the face with a carbon fiber paddle should the airbag ever go off. I suppose I could recode it so those airbags are turned off, but I would like to keep those safety features if possible.


Apologies for digging up an old thread. Maybe this would be a good chance for OP to give us a long term update.
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Bro, just don't wreck . They bust from the bottom up so the trim goes towards the windshield than your face. Whats any different than what you have on their now? I'd rather have some nice suede hit me in the face rather than that thin tweed that's in their now. Just do it! I put up like a dark gray suede in mine and I love mine.
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What did you use to hold yours? I just got 4/5 yards of gray suede for my whole interior, just trying to figure out whats best to use as an adhesive. I was thinking the 3M spray but i'm doubting it now due to what others said above about it.
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Well I used the 3m 90 extra strength glue then where I folded it I put some super glue to hold the edges even better.
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And so far so good? Nothing starting to sag?
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