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Old 10-27-2008, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default Decided to Suede & Plasti

Well I had seen many threads and posts about people using suede as a headliner fabric (mainly a few DIY's over on the rs25.com).
I decided I wanted to do it, for a few reasons. First, because suede is just badass. Second, to complete the all black interior.
Well the long process of painting trim pieces is now over and the frustrations I had with the suede I bought, which I will explain in a minute, are now revealed. And the result I couldn't be happier with.

I started out with removing everything that must come out to remove the headliner. Not sure about other body styles, but in a GM6 you have to take the back seat out, and remove all the pillars. Not a hard job at all, and actually enjoyable (really got to learn more of the interior of my car). Once the pillars where out I proceed with the "oh *****" handle, hanger hooks, rearview mirror, visors, maplight, and domelight (could be missing something).

Once you get all that crap out and pop the clips off the headliner easily comes out. I thought this would be hard, but it came right out with moving the seat forward.

So once the headliner was out, I thought it was going to be cake covering the headliner. Well it was pretty easy covering it if you took your time and didn't rush it. Well, here's where the suede bent me over and yeah... I obviously wasn't thinking how thick the suede has to be, mine was a $12per yard suede I bought at Joanne Fabrics. Mistake. The suede was too thin and the adhesive bled through and made a big white stain all over. I was extremely unhappy with the results and like a pissed off mad man I just ripped the suede off. Again, mistake. Now my headliner looked even more like ****.

My dad knows some guy in Federal Way that does automotive interior. He took the headliner and the sunroof cover in to see what the deal was. The guy, Mark, told us that the glue I was planning on using was insufficient for headliners (this was the glue recommended by 90% of the diy's). He also told me my suede was too thin (obvious at that point), and that it really needs a foam backing. So 3 days later he gave me back my headliner covered in some freaking amazing looking suede (better than any I have seen before).

When Mark was working on my headliner I painted all the interior gray trim with Plasti-dip. I recommend this stuff to anyone doing interior work. It looks awesome and the rubberized finish has a really nice feel. Remember to use small coats of this at a time, I found that it worked best to do multiple mist coats then a layer followed by a few more mists. I also made a shift boot with some extra 'Joanne's crap suede' I had left over. I also covered the oh**** handle

Anyways enough with the reading.

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This is the "oh****" handle that I recovered using rubber cement.




I also made a shift boot with the extra suede I had from my attempt.








Let me know what you think, and thanks for reading!

and sorry for any spelling mistakes, I think I got everything right... I hope


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Old 10-27-2008, 05:38 PM   #2
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looks great! he did some quality work.
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:53 PM   #3
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LOLS u did the shift boot....looks nice..
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Old 10-27-2008, 08:42 PM   #4
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looks great! he did some quality work.
Thanks. He really did, I was in aw once I saw it.

You can tell the difference in the quality of suede from what I used and what he used, just look at the oh **** handle. That's the suede that I bought, I'm kinda glad that didn't stay on my headliner.
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Old 10-27-2008, 08:56 PM   #5
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looks good... now you know how hard it is...
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:02 PM   #6
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nice whats he charge?
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:06 PM   #7
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looks sweet.
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:41 PM   #8
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Do you mind revealing how much it cost to have the headliner done?
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:47 PM   #9
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nice whats he charge?
Bout $220, unfortunately that was WAY more than I anticipated to spend. I had planned on spending about $70 total, until I messed up. When my dad gave me the bill my jaw dropped, and I was pretty pissed for a few days . Once I for the headliner back I was VERY VERY happy .

Pretty cheap considering the suede was almost $50 a yard though.
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Old 10-28-2008, 12:51 AM   #10
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i like the shift boot.
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:37 AM   #11
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Looks great! I how did you do the oh shiet handles?

I just have to do a couple finishing touches to my interioir and that's one of the things I want to do!
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:35 AM   #12
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Looks great! I how did you do the oh shiet handles?

I just have to do a couple finishing touches to my interioir and that's one of the things I want to do!
you should have matt (moneymaker) do it. I'm sure he'd be happy to
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:40 AM   #13
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looks dope dude
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:55 AM   #14
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$220? That's not bad at all. Was that a hookup price or would he do that for anyone bringing their headliner down?
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:09 AM   #15
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looks pretty nice man! nice job!
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:41 PM   #16
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now just a 04 wrx all black interior swap and you'll be perfect bro..looks great btw
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:53 PM   #17
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whats this guys number that does the interior work,

I want to get some Black and Red lumber jack style plaid head liner
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:54 PM   #18
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Looks great! I how did you do the oh shiet handles?

I just have to do a couple finishing touches to my interioir and that's one of the things I want to do!
The oh **** handles were easy. I cut a strip a little longer than the rubber handle, and that would wrap around it. I just used Elmers rubber cement and put a light layer on the suede (so it wouldn't bleed through) and a good amount on the handle. Let it dry for a few minutes and then put it on, using your hands to smooth the suede flat. I was surprised how it turned out, I'm really happy with how it looks. I just wish it was the suede Mark, the interior guy, used. I hope it holds up okay!

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you should have matt (moneymaker) do it. I'm sure he'd be happy to
I know if you have the proper suede it would have been easy, but I was just so disappointed in the suede that I really just said fux it. It smoothed out great, just looked like someone came all over my headliner because of the glue.

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$220? That's not bad at all. Was that a hookup price or would he do that for anyone bringing their headliner down?
This I don't know, I'll give my dad a call once I get out of class.

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now just a 04 wrx all black interior swap and you'll be perfect bro..looks great btw
Ahh, someday! I really want to get jdm wrx seats and recover them in black.


Thanks for the complements!
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:00 PM   #19
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looks amazing, ive been needing to do that to my 04 wrx, im sick of the tan crap i got on my roof.
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:46 PM   #20
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you should have matt (moneymaker) do it. I'm sure he'd be happy to


he wanted me to do it but decided to do it himself... the suede that i use is only 20 a yard to..i have a headliner and set of pillars for sale in black suede if anyone is interested.... see my for sale thread..

Not to steal thread or anything

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Old 10-29-2008, 11:56 PM   #21
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But isn't his price 220 total, yours 500?
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Old 10-30-2008, 04:10 PM   #22
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But isn't his price 220 total, yours 500?
Yep. I'll try and get his number.
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Old 10-30-2008, 07:11 PM   #23
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But isn't his price 220 total, yours 500?

thats for headliner and all 6 pillars... not just headliner...
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