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StoneCold 06-01-2011 06:11 AM

Alcantara headliner, finished...well almost
Just when you thought I'd run out of suede...I'm back:D!!!!!!

This time it was the monster project of doing the headliner:eek:. I wasn't sure how this was going to go, but as it turned out, not too much of a pain to do.

Simply remove all the internal fixtures (EVIC, grab handles, pillars etc). But, be very careful removing the headliner itself. I thought it would simply unclip, however by chance (and good luck) I noticed that some of the wiring seemed to be held in place with some kind of epoxy resin, stuck to the underside of the headliner itself. No biggy, to get it off, but if I'd gone ahead and started pulling it out, it's feasible that I could have damaged the wiring.

So just to make anyone who's considering this mod aware, be careful and check it out first:thumbsup: I worked my way from the rear to the front, gently easing it out and checking for any glued wiring.

Anyway to the pics. Apologies for them being crappy Blackberry shots, but my wife was away with her digital SLR for the day.

First step, removing all internal parts. Piece of cake. To remove the EVIC, there's only one screw. Use a non magnetic driver to undo it, from there it's just held in with cips. Unplug all the wiring and viola! The rest is straight forward, unless like me, you have the factory fitted dog guard, which didn't want to budge. So Marvin the Mallet had to assist.

Once removed, it is simply a case of wrapping it in your chosen fabric. I used brushable high temperature contact adhesive for the install. Do a small amount at a time. There are some deep recesses in the trunk area which are very difficult, so I'd strongly advise you get some practice in first.

Now, for a Stonecold top tip: If you need to stretch Alcantara, you have to use steam, heat won't do it. Fortunately, there isn't a great deal of stretching required for this job, so brute force will do.

It's best to begin in the middle of the headliner and work your way out fom there.

I can't tell you how much of a difference this makes! Best mod ever by far! The EVIC and grab handles etc are going to be painted using the graphite grey I used on my wheels, as is the trim peice for the sunroof. While I was at it, I chucked in some LED's into the EVIC, which is a real nice touch.

I do have a pending plan for the headliner, which involves some moulding work, but I'm currently getting the practice in to do this, with the help of Ron (S.O.T.I.), without whom I would never have attempted this, so a big thank you to Ron!

Next project; 3m di noc CF and alcantara steering wheel

TurboDiesel 06-01-2011 07:23 AM

Re: Alcantara headliner, finished...well almost
damn man thats sweet
i wish i had the skills to do that to mine
the previous owner was a smoker and there are burn marks in the headliner...

StoneCold 06-01-2011 07:42 AM

Re: Alcantara headliner, finished...well almost
Thanks bro!:thumbsup:

It really isn't that difficult to do, trust me. In fact it was way easier than my dash.

Mine had a burn in it too from the previous owner.

SRTILL8 06-01-2011 08:34 AM

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oh this is what you were referring to- great job there Alcantara.... i mean Aaron.. hahaha

any plans for the steering piece? it almost looks like its screaming for some etching maybe? either way bro, well done:thumbsup:

StoneCold 06-01-2011 08:38 AM

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Ha ha! Cheers Till! :thumbsup:

Yeah, I'm hoping to something with the steering wheel piece, you're right it def needs something. I tried etching in the logo, but it was a no go (ha Chuck D ain't got sh*t on me lol)

So I'm thinking of a raised moulding of some description. I've got moulding to do on the headliner, but only in the first stages of practice runs with that.

The rest of the wheel, I'm gonna do the top section in CF vinyl and the rest in alcantara

SRTILL8 06-01-2011 08:45 AM

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i hear ya, i was thinking maybe even dress it up in a subtle way... kinda like contour the accent lines (or would be lines - or make your own pattern even) im thinking maybe some material thin yet color-match/fade off/tapper easy on the eyes when you gaze across the dash.

i dunno what im trying to type but i can visualize it! hahah :sleepy:

StoneCold 06-01-2011 08:49 AM

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Ha ha! Yeah I think I know what you mean. Good idea:thumbsup:

TJXJWJ 06-01-2011 09:44 AM

Re: Alcantara headliner, finished...well almost
Nicely done Alcantarron!

StoneCold 06-01-2011 09:51 AM

Re: Alcantara headliner, finished...well almost

Originally Posted by TJXJWJ (Post 423178)
Nicely done Alcantarron!

Lol!!! Cheers :D

StoneCold 06-01-2011 01:18 PM

Re: Alcantara headliner, finished...well almost
I should have pointed out that the adhesive is very strong and needs to be used outdoors or with a mask.

TheAngryMinnow 06-02-2011 02:55 PM

Re: Alcantara headliner, finished...well almost
isnt covering up the airbag going to hinder its performance???

StoneCold 06-02-2011 04:40 PM

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I wasn't 100% sure to begin with, but I have spoken to several different people in the industry and the consensus seems to be that it won't hinder it. Interestingly, they all said that if anything it may reduce the chance of facial burns that airbags apparently can cause, something I was unaware of.

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