Originally Posted by murfman
On the A pillar, did you just trim the Neffy wrap around the grab handle? If so how is the edge holding up. I really like the gloss black handle. I would really like to do the dash pad as well, painting the defroster vents, speaker grilles, and AC vents gloss black as well. I just worry about the edges around the ac vents, and grab handles on the A pillars, as there is no way to "Tuck" the wrap around the panel. IMHO the upper dash panel is an eyesore on the SRT grand, covering it with the Neffywrap , and doing the Nav bezel and Instrument cluster bezel in black leather with a nice stich along the front would finish it off nicely.
My ride is the one with Di-Noc and (unfortunately) not the SRT8 with the neffy wrap.
It sure would be a tight fit with the grab handle and you might have to trim the plastic of the handle. I do not know about the neffy but with leather you could use a really sharp knife to trim the thickness down to the derm just at the edge trim. Works on some vinyl faux leather fabrics as well. Worth taking a look.
For the dash part I hear you loud and clear and have been looking into the issue for a while as well. Let me share some thoughts on implementation:
Air vents: I have not yet seen a dash upholstered to cover the air vents on the sides of the dash but its been done for the nav bezel vents so I do not see why it could not be done with the appropriate materials and skills.
The best finition IMO is the che one for which the vents have been painted as you were saying.
Edges around the air vents: it requires a fair amount of skills I am told but the trick is to sew the end of the covering material to fit directly within the little crevasse and glue it there.
Instrument cluster bezel / nav bezel: If you use something like a neffy wrap you will experience a very tight fit for these bezels and I do not think you can upholster both the dash and the bezels without serious fitment issues. There is also a lot of fine work to do around the area where the instrument cluster clicks back into the dash. Take a look.
Sun reflection: If you put a more reflective material it might have a halo effect on your windshield. I have put some pieces of Di-Noc on the dash and been driving around for two weeks now and its not a problem but you might want to check as well.
Heat: It can get real hot on the dash and the 3M 77 or 90 spray glues and the likes will not hold. You need the special 3m high temperature upholstery spray glue of any of the DAP high temp ones.
This is a german company and they are asking Euro 1550 for the dash alone including the two bezels and they explained that there is a lot of work to do both dash and bezels. Euro 5,300 for the whole thing ...
Not sure what's up with the pink but again nothing for the vents and speakers which ends up looking pretty incomplete.
Suede or maybe alcantara ...
The che one on the bench,
and back in the jeep. Notice the painted vents.
Done last week on mine, its a test fit but it works as a proof of concept that you can do the vents as well. But the plastic is not the best for tack and the 3m 77 that I have just does not cut and the part above the vent does not hold. Need to figure out how to get some better glue to Kosovo