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Old 09-15-2009, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default Black and Blue interior complete with loads of Alcantara

Several months ago I started a complete interior swap, which I am quite nearly finished with. Initially I was just going to do an STi swap, as I have always liked the black and blue interior (in a WRB car).

So I started my research here and came across threads like this one:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...move+os+handle

And then this one:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ight=headliner

My goal was to find out how to the swap the fabric in my door cards and I really liked the stuff that ‘blackcompany2000’ used so I decided to order some and I started my project. Back in 2003, I bought an STi center console so I thought I might try and cover that at the same time I did the door cards. It came out pretty good and I also covered the map pockets.


You can also see in this picture that I have Plasti-Dipped my pillars and dash trim pieces.

After my success on the door cards, center console and rear deck I decided that I would order some more fabric from Fabric.com. Well, easier said than done. I ordered the exact fabric that I had ordered previously and got something that was a bit lighter and much less “suedey” feeling. It was so obvious that it wasn’t a match than even without comparing I knew it wasn’t right. After 3 weeks of back and forth, I was informed that I was wrong and the fabric they sent me in the second order was the same. There was nothing really wrong with the fabric, but it would not work for me as part of a project where the intention is to match the look and feel of surfaces.

While searching on here I found a vendor that does recovering of several parts with Alcantara and I thought it would be nice to recover my center console armrest with the same fabric as my seats. After a VERY quick turnaround from JPM Coachworks I received my center console back. I was in love and knew that I would need to get my hands on more Alcantara to do this project “right”.

So I went back to doing some more research and I found a member that had redone his door cards and restitched his wagon back seats with perforated Alcantara to match the STi front seats (http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ight=alcantara). I contacted ‘whatishe’ and he was accommodating enough to sell me 3.5 yards of perforated STi Blue Alcantara. This is how much I would need to cover my doors, center console, rear deck, and headliner. It worked out to be the perfect amount and left me extra to cover many other things and still have some scrap left over. At about the same time I found 2 different sellers locally, one selling an STi driver’s seat and one selling a passenger seat, so I picked those up cheap. While I was waiting for my Alcantara to arrive I checked out this thread to learn more about doing headliners:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ight=headliner

After going back and forth about whether to pay someone else to do it or go DIY, I decided to go the DIY route with the headliner. Within a week, I had my blue Alcantara and I was ready to start…..again. Having done the center console, rear deck and door cards before replacing the fabric went fairly quickly. I found that the hardest part with the headliner were the “pockets” where your hand goes to pull down the visors and around the B and C Pillars. Overall it came out great. Here are some pics of the headliner, center console, and rear deck:











As you can see, I also did the “Homelink” mod just aft of the map lights. More info about this mod can be found here: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...light=homelink

The OSH deletes, LED dome and map lights and visor “Warning” stickers were all purchased from Mach V Motorsports (fastwrx.com). The black OSHs are covered using shrink tube (rather than Plasti-Dip which WILL come off). More info about this can be found here: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1829039

The contact adhesive that I used is this stuff:

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Old 09-15-2009, 07:01 PM   #2
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I had some bits of Alcantara left and I wanted to cover some of the parts that were easily worn when covered in Plasti-Dip and make my car even more unique (at least for now).

So I covered the sliding pieces of the seatbelts in the B and C Pillars:





And why not cover the covers for the seat mounting bolts?



Or the small pieces on the A pillars?



To finish off the black and blue theme, I also did the trunk:

I used Dupli-Color Vinyl and Fabric Dye for the side pieces and Dupli-Color Bumper Coating for the plastic trim piece in the trunk. Note that I also completely redid everything in my interior (except for my dash trim pieces which I plan on redoing) that was Plasti-Dip in the same Bumper Coating. I really hated the texture on the Plasti-Dipped parts and cleaning them was a nightmare because lint would stick like mad and if you rub to hard the stuff comes off. I am much happier with the Bumper Coating.



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Old 09-15-2009, 07:03 PM   #3
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Updated pic of temporary dead pedal solution:



Alcantara Usage Breakdown:

Headliner: 2 yards
Rear Deck: 1/2 yard
Door Cards + Center Console: 1 yard

With each of these there were scraps. I was actually able to get 2 of the (upper) door cards covered with left overs from the headliner.

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Old 09-15-2009, 07:08 PM   #4
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Looks good if not a bit overboard!

That dead pedal has got to go though. Pretty junky looking. Why not buy one that actually fits the car?
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:21 PM   #5
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Looks good if not a bit overboard!

That dead pedal has got to go though. Pretty junky looking. Why not buy one that actually fits the car?
A bit overboard? I went way overboard. I was joking with my friends that they should hide the Alcantara from me. Actually, I am going to add more...but it will be black.

The dead pedal does fit the car, although I figured mounting it in the passenger foot well (since it is from the JDM RHD set) didn't make any sense. I don't have any projects on my list so I could definitely look at getting rid of the plastic piece and mounting the metal STi pedal right on top of the carpet.

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Old 09-15-2009, 08:23 PM   #6
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whered you get the plasti-dip ?
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Old 09-15-2009, 08:31 PM   #7
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whered you get the plasti-dip ?
You mean the Plasti-Dip that I didn't like? I got it at Home Depot and Kragen's.

The Dupli-Color Bumper Coating I'd recommend over the Plasti-Dip, I got at Kragen's and Auto Zone.

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Old 09-15-2009, 08:40 PM   #8
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A bit overboard? I went way overboard. I was joking with my friends that they should hide the Alcantara from me. Actually, I am going to add more...but it will be black.

The dead pedal does fit the car, although I figured mounting it in the passenger foot well (since it is from the JDM RHD set) didn't make any sense. I don't have any projects on my list so I could definitely look at getting rid of the plastic piece and mounting the metal STi pedal right on top of the carpet.
that dead pedal makes the interior look hideous. You need to get rid of that asap. Its nice otherwise. A little bit much though for my taste.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:02 PM   #9
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that dead pedal makes the interior look hideous. You need to get rid of that asap. Its nice otherwise. A little bit much though for my taste.
Wow, I have had that dead pedal for over 7 years and I didn't realize it was an issue. Sounds like I got a project.
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Old 09-16-2009, 01:49 AM   #10
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I took the OEM dead pedal out from underneath the STi dead pedal and installed it directly on the carpet and it already looks better. I'll post some pics tomorrow.

If you have any other suggestions, please let me know.
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Old 09-16-2009, 04:50 PM   #11
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I added a pic of the temporarily modified dead pedal and I have a long term solution coming...
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:52 PM   #12
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not my style but the quality of the work looks great. very nice job!
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:16 PM   #13
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Wow, I love your work. I plan on doing the same thing, only all black. (I have black seats). Good work! If you dont mind me asking, where did you pick up the alcantara?
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:24 PM   #14
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Wow, I love your work. I plan on doing the same thing, only all black. (I have black seats). Good work! If you dont mind me asking, where did you pick up the alcantara?
I got it from member "whatishe". If you PM me, I can give you his email info.

Thanks for the compliment, too!
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:32 PM   #15
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Definitely too much for my taste. I was hoping the rear seats would be finished with Alcantara inserts as I would like to do the same to my 02.
Good job installing all that alcantara. Looks like good craftsmanship on your part.
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:37 PM   #16
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Definitely too much for my taste. I was hoping the rear seats would be finished with Alcantara inserts as I would like to do the same to my 02.
Good job installing all that alcantara. Looks like good craftsmanship on your part.
I realize I went over the top (for most people's taste).

The rear seats are out of an 07 STi and have the non-perforated blue fabric, which I am not sure if they claim is Alcantara or not. I have strongly considered recovering the rear seats since they are the only large surface (other than the dash which I am going to keep black) which is not covered in perf'd blue Alcantara.
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:18 PM   #17
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now that is swweeet
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:27 PM   #18
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looks cool, but over done in my opinion =D
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:26 PM   #19
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wow I love it!! would like to do that in black and grey since I am not a fan of the blue interior but it looks hawt man!! nice work!!
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:44 PM   #20
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Looking good!
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Love it! Over the top to the point of greatness! deadman needs to go though haha.
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:52 AM   #22
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overall pretty nice

somewhat over the top in some areas, but to each his/her own
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:27 AM   #23
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Did you end up doing your reaer seat?

I had mine done (in AU) with fabric from JPM Coachworks, I'm now thionking of doing the door cards in the left over material.



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Old 09-17-2009, 06:36 AM   #24
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^ very nice job, the sti stitching really sets off those rear seats!

Now ..... being observant as I am, couldn't help but notice your c pillar looks diff compared to my usdm 05 sti's c pillar ? Looks like your is ..... more flush?
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flush c pillar:



not so flush c pillar:



wanna trade?

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