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Old 09-15-08, 04:23 PM   #1
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Make sure you check out the update in post 99 before moving fwd. I have changed a few things.
DIY: Suede Headliner and Blacked out interior

After I posted my DIY headliner and blacked out interior in my journal, I got a few requests for a DIY write up. I actually used someone elses write up, but I will redo it with some of my own advise and things I learned along the way.

This is the original thread that I used and I borrowed some of the pics and rehosted them. I want to give credit where credit is due, so thank you to AVAWRX on Nasioc to doing your writeup which can be found here: Suede Headliner - NASIOC

Please note I did have some differences and things that work better IMHO

Materials Used:

Suede/Alanctra/Faux Suede/Shag Carpeting - it is your call: I used faux suede from Walmart. I orginally tried JoAnne's fabrics and they had the material, but they did not have enough to do the headliner.

JoAnne's Fabrics sold the same Faux Suede for $12.99 a yard after a 30% discount in the SALE section.
Walmart Material was purchased for approx $5.99 a yard. I purchased 2 yards of material.

Tip: if you seach the internet, you can also find discount coupons for JoAnne's

Note: Fabrics come in different widths. I measured the headliner and figured I would need 4ft (48in) minimum to cover the headliner and have a little extral to fold over. I actually went with a 54in wide Faux Suede.



Paint: I did not use paint on my pillars. I used black Pasti-dip from Lowes. They also sell it at Home depot. (Approx $7/can) I used 1 can, but will need to purchase another to do some touch ups.

You will also want more if you decide to pain the handles and all the hardware. I chose not to do all of it because parts that move can chip easily. I like the contrast as well with the exception of the visors which I will be fixing.



Adhesive Spray: I used a 3M adhesive spray. GET THE 90! There is also a lower grade (77) is cheaper but I am told that it won't hold up. (Approx: $10/can) **I used the whole can



Tools
Philips head screw driver
Flat head screw driver
Socket wrench
14mm socket

DIY Approx time: Including tear down, actual labor, painting and putting it all back together. Id estimate about 4 hours.

First things first, you need to get the headliner and pillar covers out. (I apologize I do not have photos for this)

The A pillars (by the windshield for those not so car savy) pull right off. Pull from the top of the pillar towards the dash. They are only held on by 3 plugs/pins.

B Pillars: First you need to remove the seatbelt. Use a flat head screw driver and pry the outer cover off of the seatbelt holder. Pry from the bottom up as there is a nice gap to get in. They pop off rather easily.

Next you need to unbolt the seatbelt using the socket (14mm).

Pull again from the top of the pillar. It is only held on with pins/clips. You may need to losen the trim further down to pull the whole pillar out.

C Pillars: Remove the seatbelts as mentioned above. Pull from the top of the pillar cover and they will come right out.

Remove the sun visors using the philips head. There are 3 screws in each. DO NOT MIX UP THE SCREWS. 1 of them (in the visor clip) is smaller than the 2 screw holding the visor in place.

Pop the covers off of the interior lights with a flat head screw driver. There is a small gap where the driver fits perfectly. It does not take much force to pull them of. Next you will need to use a philips head screw driver to remove 2 screw in each light fixture. Dont forget to unplug the fixture from the wiring.

Above the rear seats there are four pop rivet thingies that you have to take out. The outer part pulls out and then should relieve tension and the headliner should be ready to come out.

Lastly are the "Oh **** Handles." Use a flat head screw driver to pop up the covers on each end. These covers do not come off completely. Once they are popped up, slide them down the handle to reveal the philips head screws.

Now you can pull your headliner down/out. This is a bit tricky and takes some odd angles to get it out of the car. I found it easiest to put the seats all the want down flat for clearance. I then turned the front of the liner towards the Pass side front door and pulled it out at about a 45* angle.

Start painting your pillars. I noticed as I did the pillars they were turning out a funny gray as I went on with each piece. With the Pasti-dip paint, you have to shake the can after every couple of seconds or the chemicals will seperate in the can and dry discolored. (This is why I have to redo one of my pillars) As long as you shake the can every couple of spray passes you will be fine.

Finish up the paint and let it sit as the plasti-dip takes a while to cure.



If you want, you can purchase a fabric dye to do the sun visors. I plan to do this, but havent gotten around to it yet. I will update once it is completed.



Now get started on the headliner. Lay the material out on the headliner as shown here.



I started at the back end and worked my way forward. My advise here is to secure the material with the 3m adhesive in 12in sections at a time. Fold back a 12in section of the material and then spray down the headliner with the adhesive and then the backside of the material (Follow the directions on the can).

Bring the material gently down on the headliner and work the material with your hands. Start on either the left or right hand side and do the "walls" of the headliner first. By doing this you make sure that you fill in all the gaps.

TAKE YOUR TIME. Make sure you smooth out the wrinkles. Once the adhesive grips, it is a PIA to get back off.

Continue this process all the way down the headliner. Next: trim fabric from edges, leaving enough to fold over- glue edges to the back of headliner. Make sure you leave enough around hte edges. I was short in a few places and have to come up with a better way to keep the edges wrapped around.


Here is my (almost) finished project. I screwed up the front near the windshield and came up with a way to cover it if you are wondering about the funny panel. As you may notice, I didnt even bother reinstalling my "Oh **** Handles." I think it looks cleaner without them.









Cheap mod, that IMO looks really good. It really changes the whole feel inside of the car. I have a few things to finish up. I need to repaint one of the A-Pillars as Im not happy how it came out, dye the sun visors and then a few touch ups here and there. One step closer to my blacked out interior project.

Total cost of this project was about $35 + my labor which was paid with beer and subs... to myself

Good luck and enjoy!

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Suggestions and corrections are welcome. I threw this together real quick and may have missed something.
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Real interested in doing this, doesn't look to bad either. I was looking for a vendor that does this but now I see I can do it my damn self, lol. Thanks!
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I was the same way. I wanted to pep up my interior and not spend a fortune. Sure I would love to have real suede, but this works for now.
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Default Re: DIY: Suede Headliner and Blacked out interior

lol, I just did my door cards in the exact same faux suede from WalMart yesterday. Turned out great!

Great Job on the headliner! I used fabric paint on mine a while ago, and I dont know if I can go through getting that whole piece out of the car again... Looks great though!

EDIT: A few pics (sorry they are a little blurry; I guess I was shaking..? )

My camera makes it look purple as well






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wow real cheap mod with a nice results. You really got me thinking now i want to do my interior what do you guys think about a wrb headliner?
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looks really good. i might try this if i have time. you should do a how-to on taking off the interior pieces. just for me lol
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Id like to do this but not convinced the Pillar paint will hold up against time and UV. That would suck if they started peeling and fading. The plastic painted pieces on my Jeep held up for about a year then started looking bad, Granted they are exposed to the outside elements but.
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Don't they make some type of heat resistant/UV plastic/vinyl spray?

If my local fabric store carries any good suede fabric I should be able to do it. I don't mind using faux suede but if the price is right on leather suede, I'll be all over it.
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If I could find replacement pillars in black dye directly from the molding process that would be sweet. Does anyone know of any sites that may sell these?
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