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StoneCold 10-03-2010 08:27 AM

Alcantara A pillars...pics
 
:D
Got to work on the A pillars today, so decided to do a short guide from my experiences, working with this stuff.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286112157
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286112248

Alcantara doesn't stretch as much as vinyl, so trimming corners and fiddly areas is a bit more time consuming, but I got to grips with it fairly quickly. Both pillars probably took an hour in total, from start to finish.

Firstly I took a hairdrier to it, to get rid of the creases that were caused during postage.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286112339

Pillar removed with the 3M Di-Noc carbon fibre vinyl I installed a couple of months ago. I removed this before installing the alcantara.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286112378

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286112484

Lay the pillar onto the material and measure out what you need, remembering it's a convex surface
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286112539
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286112611

Then using ordinary contact adhesive (type of thing used for carpet/ vinyl tiles), spray the surface of the pillar. You have a good few seconds to work with here.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286112713

Pull the fabric around nice and tight, take it slowly until you're familiar with it. Be careful not to get any creases. Work from the middle outwards to each of the edges. Using light pressure. Use too much pressure and you risk creasing the material. Remember the pillars have a slightly convex surface to them


I found using the wrong end of the scalpel helped to tuck and smooth out the edges. When tucking and smoothing out the edges, leave the glue for a couple of seconds to 'go off'. You'll find you get an instant stick that way.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286112961
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286113000

For trimming there's no hard and fast rule. Just trim a little at a time, adjusting it as you go. The hardest part is not getting glue onto the front of the material.

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286113045
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286113078
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286113120

All done...
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286113281

Installed....
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286113329

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286113358
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286113421

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286113452

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/y...g?t=1286113477

Really pleased with the results. Got plenty left over, so onto the next project.

Scottina06 10-03-2010 09:40 AM

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cool....big pimpin

StoneCold 10-03-2010 09:42 AM

Re: Alcantara A pillars...pics
 
:D Thanks Scott.

Megatron 10-03-2010 09:52 AM

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Classy sassy

StoneCold 10-03-2010 09:53 AM

Re: Alcantara A pillars...pics
 
Thanks Paul

06RC22 10-03-2010 10:02 AM

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wow that looks great!

StoneCold 10-03-2010 10:11 AM

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Thanks Randall. Now just to figure what else to cover:confused:

DJ BoNiOmArIo 10-03-2010 03:02 PM

Re: Alcantara A pillars...pics
 
dang that looks clean ... I say do the whole dash area :D

There you go project for a month lol

ballajim 10-03-2010 04:19 PM

Re: Alcantara A pillars...pics
 
nice work, is that a suede type material?

05wkguy 10-04-2010 12:19 AM

Re: Alcantara A pillars...pics
 
Looks awesome!! Now do the guage "hood" and then your armrest cover!!

S.O.T.I. 10-04-2010 02:15 AM

Re: Alcantara A pillars...pics
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by StoneCold (Post 278489)
:D
Got to work on the A pillars today, so decided to do a short guide from my experiences, working with this stuff.

Alcantara doesn't stretch as much as vinyl, so trimming corners and fiddly areas is a bit more time consuming, but I got to grips with it fairly quickly. Both pillars probably took an hour in total, from start to finish.

Firstly I took a hairdrier to it, to get rid of the creases that were caused during postage.

Pillar removed with the 3M Di-Noc carbon fibre vinyl I installed a couple of months ago. I removed this before installing the alcantara.

Lay the pillar onto the material and measure out what you need, remembering it's a convex surface



Then using ordinary contact adhesive (type of thing used for carpet/ vinyl tiles), spray the surface of the pillar. You have a good few seconds to work with here.

Pull the fabric around nice and tight, take it slowly until you're familiar with it. Be careful not to get any creases. Work from the middle outwards to each of the edges. Using light pressure. Use too much pressure and you risk creasing the material. Remember the pillars have a slightly convex surface to them


I found using the wrong end of the scalpel helped to tuck and smooth out the edges. When tucking and smoothing out the edges, leave the glue for a couple of seconds to 'go off'. You'll find you get an instant stick that way.

For trimming there's no hard and fast rule. Just trim a little at a time, adjusting it as you go. The hardest part is not getting glue onto the front of the material.

All done...


Installed....

Really pleased with the results. Got plenty left over, so onto the next project.

THAT... looks amazing, my friend. I say that relief/raised punisher symbol should definitely be on the list for next.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ballajim (Post 278627)
nice work, is that a suede type material?

If I'm not mistaken, Alcantara is a brand name for a faux-suede material often referred to as micro-fibre or microfiber. It is huge in the upholstery biz, and is easy to clean and maintain, unlike true suede.

Some small tips, if I may?

Most brands of spray adhesive give instruction to spray the glue, then allow up to 30 seconds for "tacking". Don't be too liberal with the glue. Your fabric is porous and too much can and will seep through. As the glue is exposed to air, the adhesive qualities improve, so a little goes a long way.

For shaping, specially detailed areas, and crevices/nooks/crannies, it would be a good idea to pop on down to a local art supply store and pick up some cheap wooden or plastic shaping tools(used for ceramics) like these:

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n...oto/tools1.jpg http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n...oto/tools2.jpg

They should be really cheap, and you'll find more uses for them after you're done with the fabric, trust me.

StoneCold 10-04-2010 04:26 AM

Re: Alcantara A pillars...pics
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by S.O.T.I. (Post 278838)

For shaping, specially detailed areas, and crevices/nooks/crannies, it would be a good idea to pop on down to a local art supply store and pick up some cheap wooden or plastic shaping tools(used for ceramics) like these:

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n...oto/tools1.jpg http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n...oto/tools2.jpg

They should be really cheap, and you'll find more uses for them after you're done with the fabric, trust me.

Thanks Ron. Yeah those tools would be REALLY handy for more intricate areas. I'm sure I've seen guys using these. Excellent tip! And you're spot on about leaving the glue to dry for a few seconds.

And yes, the punisher skull if definitely still in the pipeline. I'll need to get a piece big enough to do the whole headliner.

I've got enough left at the moment to do the centre arm rest and trim some door parts or I thought last night, about doing the B pillars too. I think I might struggle a bit with the arm rest, as I had a quick dry run last night and I'm a bit worried about how I'll get the corners nice and clean, without any obvious folds etc.

I spoke to an upholsterer I work with and he said he would do the whole dash for $60 labour. Bargain!

I would love to cover the top part of the steering wheel but I've no idea how I'd go about doing it. I want to avoid removing it if I can.


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