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Old 02-21-2013, 06:47 PM   #1
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Default DIY: Custom Dash Pocket Lid Upholstery (aka: STI Seat Recycling)

One day I was at the local wrecking yard and I came across smashed 07 STI. It had all the goodies already stripped but still had the seats (They were unusable, bent to *****). I took my pocket knife and cut off most of the front upholstery, it was free so why not. Figured there just enough to wrap something cool with it, so I chose to do the center pocket lid.

You can see plenty of pics of the finished result in my journal here.

I took pics of the process, so I figured a DIY was in order for any wanted to something similar. Here it goes.

Tools needed:
- Phillips screwdriver
- Flathead or knife for popping out the pocket
- Razor blade
- Alcohol of cleaning solvent
- Hot glue gun
- Adhesive spray or spreadable glue
- Sand paper
- fabric of your choice

1. First your going to take off the dash pocket. Here is some helpful info on doing that... http://www.rs25.com/forums/f105/t802...sh-pocket.html

2. Next, take off the lid by removing the back 2 screws by the hinge of the lid. Then take hinge itself off (2 screws on each side of the under part of the lid). Then take the lid itself apart by removing the 5 screws out and lastly remove the lid button (2 screws). It's all very self explanatory.

3. Next you need to size up your fabric. The STI seat upholstery I used was amzingly perfect. Here how it looked before sizing

and here is how it looked after I cut the stitching (I only cut the fabric across the bottom, the rest was unstitched and was a perfect shape)

so whatever you use, just leave a few inches around the edges (you will be trimming it off later anyway)

4. Make sure you was the lid every good, I used rubbing alcohol, then cleaned it in the sink with hot water and dish soap. When it's clean (and dry) spray the top with adhesive spray (here is what I used)

Then center up your fabric and stick it down

5. Almost ready to glue and tuck, just scour the underside edges with some sandpaper so the hot glue can stick better.

No your ready to glue, and you will need to streatch and fit the fabric as you go. It is easiest to start at the button cut out. The first cut you'll make is triangular shape into the corners.

You will apply hot glue to the edges of the plastic, and lay down fabric a few inches at a time.

Then lay down the outer flaps of your triangle shape.

You can cut excess off as you go. (dont be afraid of messiness, it will all be hidden anyway.)

Then just keep following the edge and cut away as you go.

As I went around the outer corners I just stretched and folded, I didn't make cuts like I did in the button cut out.

After I was done gluing, it looked like this

Now you can reassemble. Put the button back in

Put the bottom back on

Reattach to the pocket trim

Then put it back in your car, and ENJOY!!!

Here is a few more pics.




I especially like the look from the outside
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:20 PM   #2
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looks great! if i had a black dash(not brown) id do this...dash swap lol
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:40 PM   #3
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:52 PM   #4
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Dude that's awesome!
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Old 02-21-2013, 09:08 PM   #5
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Great idea! End result looks great man.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:28 PM   #6
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:30 PM   #7
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I would compulsively touch it every time I got in the car 0_o

Looks awesome though!
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:33 PM   #8
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Awesome idea, too bad it doesnt match tiger stripe seats at all
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:09 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone.

Originally Posted by blehhh View Post
I would compulsively touch it every time I got in the car 0_o

Looks awesome though!
^^^ i kinda do
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:09 AM   #10
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Not my cup of tea, but cool none the less
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:53 AM   #11
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I love one-off stuff like this. Inspiration strikes at the randomest times, doesn't it? Very nice.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:55 AM   #12
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I likes.
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