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    interior trim

    does anyone know any good sites with guides and advice regarding interior re-trimming?
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    alex

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    Do you mean your upholstery or dash modification.
    I think you mean upholstery.
    Is this something you want to do yourself?
    Why not leave it to experts?
    Do you want some recomendations of firms to use?
    What car is it?
    What do you want to do/achieve?
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    Hi.
    Yeah, it it upholstery. I wouldnt attempt recovering my seats as that requires uber sewing skills. I'm just thinking about recovering the hard plastic interior trim. It all started while I was designing the Pc/speaker enclosure for the boot. Any websites would be apreciated.
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    I'm also doing some interior upholstery, specifically wrapping the plastic panels in either leather or suede.

    I wasn't able to find much info on this subject here, on other forums, or via Google. I'm sure one could have an upholstery shop do this for them, but in my opinion it's an easy mod that requires very little skill. Moreover, I know I'll do it right and the way I want it done versus some guy at a shop.

    Initially I tried an aerosol spray-on adhesive that was supposed to be low odor. I did one panel and reattached it and boy did it reek...not in a stinky cheese kinda way, but not my favorite fragrance.

    Also, most adhesives are highly flammable. I kept having flashes (pun intended) of some loose wire from the system install sparking and causing the Tahoe to burst into flames...with me in it melting away "What a world, what a world!"

    One more thing about spray-on adhesives - you simply cannot control where the aerosol spray goes, particularly problematic if you need to apply adhesive to a small specific area.

    For me, I was determined to find an adhesive that:
    1). Didn't smell;
    2). was non-flammable; &
    3). had a non-aerosol application.

    I found a product (picked up at Home Depot) that meets all of those requirements:

    http://www.dap.com/international/int...&iprodhdrid=34

    I've just completed a few panels with the new adhesive. I'll take some pics and post so you can see how I wrapped the leather. Not much to it really. Apply glue to both materials. Press. Hold. Repeat. I kept smooting it out from the center towards the outside. Looks like crap on the back but who cares, no one, including me will ever see it.

    Good luck and I'll update later with a report of how the wrapped panels fare in a vehicle environment (extreme heat and cold).

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    Hi.
    I've just recieived some fabric samples for my car today, leather and leatherette. Real leather looks like it might be a pain to stick down because of the suede on the back, but the synthetic stuff looks liek it'll stick better because its more uniform. Plus as its synthetic it should be easier to mold into shape around things by just warming it up a little. Any truth to what i speak or am I speaking utter tosh?
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    A thinner fabric (the leatherette) will be easier to press into nooks and crannies, around corners and whatnot. So far, the leather I've adhered is stuck SOLID with the adhesive I used. Either real leather or leatherette should stick. For me, I'll take cow hide over pleather any day...just can't beat the real thing. At least for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0l33l
    second that.

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    4-0 - What exactly are you looking to do?

    I'm doing the entire interior including leather seat covers from Katzkin. The kit also includes headrests, armrests, door inserts. I got them last week and they're beautiful. I also bought an extra hide from Katzkin in the same color for the custom panel wrapping.

    The other website mentioned has gorgeous stuff, but I'm not sure how prices are. Check out Katzkin as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChaCha
    4-0 - What exactly are you looking to do?

    I'm doing the entire interior including leather seat covers from Katzkin. The kit also includes headrests, armrests, door inserts. I got them last week and they're beautiful. I also bought an extra hide from Katzkin in the same color for the custom panel wrapping.

    The other website mentioned has gorgeous stuff, but I'm not sure how prices are. Check out Katzkin as well.
    I was gonna suggest this site too, but the name is hard to remember

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