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Old 12-05-2012, 02:28 PM   #126
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Once again, Amazing work! I have found myself coming back to this thread time after time. I think I may have built the courage to try some of this. Just a few questions that haven't been asked:

How well does the Alcantara cut, does the material have a tendency to unravel?

How hard is it to stretch the material into the recesses around the side vents? Do you feel confident that the adhesive will hold permanently in those areas?

Your cluster hood seems to have been wrapped around the lip, whereas JPM's version has stitching. Do you feel the stitching is purely cosmetic in that application or is it difficult to pull that area tight with no wrinkles?

After wrapping the A pillar buttons, were they hard to pop back into place?

Just trying to feel out my expectations for this project. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:47 AM   #127
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Once again, Amazing work! I have found myself coming back to this thread time after time. I think I may have built the courage to try some of this. Just a few questions that haven't been asked:

How well does the Alcantara cut, does the material have a tendency to unravel?

How hard is it to stretch the material into the recesses around the side vents? Do you feel confident that the adhesive will hold permanently in those areas?

Your cluster hood seems to have been wrapped around the lip, whereas JPM's version has stitching. Do you feel the stitching is purely cosmetic in that application or is it difficult to pull that area tight with no wrinkles?

After wrapping the A pillar buttons, were they hard to pop back into place?

Just trying to feel out my expectations for this project. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated.
+1 for each question, I just brought a roll of alcantara not too long ago and I wanted to slowly do my 06 interior.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:22 PM   #128
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Very nicely done up... Is alcantara hard to maintain? Will normal fabric conditioner/cleaner do the job?
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:11 PM   #129
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It is very easy to maintain, it's the fabric that is used in STis. I would use water to clean it.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:08 AM   #130
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The interior was definitely one of the most rewarding, yet most challenging projects so far. It wasn't tough to do, just took a lot of time, thought and patients. I've never worked with Alcantara before but I had experience with carpet and vinyl back when I was doing car audio builds. I was surprised how un-flexible the material was at first so a lot of the first pieces I did we all relatively flat with small curves if any. I also was using spray glue at first, which I found to not be as easy or clean as using contact cement with a brush and roller.

The two keys with Alcantara to remember is:

1. Use a steamer and it becomes as flexible as vinyl (with some stretch limitations). Double side your gluing surfaces and over measure every piece.

2. If you mess up every piece of your interior, including the entire dash, it's extremely inexpensive to replace.

I, by no means have any extra money laying around and I sold almost everything I own to build this car to what it is today but knowing that if for some reason the work I did on my dash was completely destroyed, for $240 you can buy the entire dash cover form Subaru.

So, being said, It gave me the freedom to want to experiment with covering the dash and console without the fear that my car would be ruined if I mess up.

Plus, it's really only glue and I have had pieces I cut too short and had to peel it off. You can just use mineral spirits or goo gone and dissolve the glue and start over again.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:19 AM   #131
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Once again, Amazing work! I have found myself coming back to this thread time after time. I think I may have built the courage to try some of this. Just a few questions that haven't been asked:

How well does the Alcantara cut, does the material have a tendency to unravel?

Super easy to cut and it's not like burlap where it can unravel or unthread. It's more like leather or vinyl.

How hard is it to stretch the material into the recesses around the side vents? Do you feel confident that the adhesive will hold permanently in those areas?

Adhesive will hold extremely well IF you use the HHR Contact Cement and use it correctly. Covering both the material and piece, waiting for it to get tacky, then rolling out the material to ensure a good bond.

Also, the material would never be able to stretch around the vents and such without a steamer. It's close to trying to forming a piece of paper if you don't use a steamer.


Your cluster hood seems to have been wrapped around the lip, whereas JPM's version has stitching. Do you feel the stitching is purely cosmetic in that application or is it difficult to pull that area tight with no wrinkles?

I was able to do it without the stitching so it's mostly cosmetic but it would make it a lot easier to apply if it was stitched. The edge is easy to wrap with a steamer. Without one, you'll be sure to have very minor creases around the edges.

After wrapping the A pillar buttons, were they hard to pop back into place?

Nope, popped right back in. I had to use a bone folder around the edges of the little covers to flatten the material to fit nicely.

Just trying to feel out my expectations for this project. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated.

DO IT, it's fun!!
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:01 PM   #132
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Such a great response. Thank you for the answers to my questions. I grew up in the floor covering business, installing carpet and vinyl. I have also vinyl wrapped my motorcycle, laptop and other random objects, so I feel confident enough to try this out now. You and JPM have inspired me. Give me a few months and I will update you with my progress.
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:03 PM   #133
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^^ Awesome man, it's an incredible feeling when done and the results are amazing!
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:57 PM   #134
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I keep coming back to this thread, your interior is awesome and you did a fantastic job. You have inspired me to attempt this as well. I just bout my first yard of alcantara, hopefully I can get the results you did.
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:51 PM   #135
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Great work, going to think about doing the same in my car on some pieces...

What would you recommend for a guide to removing different panels in the car? I want to remove my door panels to add sound deadening, also the rear hatch panel as well.

Awesome thread...
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:36 AM   #136
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One of the best DYI I've seen in a long time. Well done friend.
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:58 PM   #137
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Usually I'm not a fan of the entire dash covered in Alcantara, but this is just awesome. I think the clash of leather/alcantara is what sets it off. Really well done!
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:19 PM   #138
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great job man! i dont think i could have the patience to do all that wrapping. looks real good.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:07 PM   #139
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I keep coming back to this thread, your interior is awesome and you did a fantastic job. You have inspired me to attempt this as well. I just bout my first yard of alcantara, hopefully I can get the results you did.
Hopefully its going well or went well, if you have any questions, just let me know!

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Great work, going to think about doing the same in my car on some pieces...

What would you recommend for a guide to removing different panels in the car? I want to remove my door panels to add sound deadening, also the rear hatch panel as well.

Awesome thread...
All of the panels come off very simply besides the dash. 90% of them just pull off by hand and the other 10% use small screws to hold them on. If you have any specific questions on pieces, just let me know!

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One of the best DYI I've seen in a long time. Well done friend.
Thank you for the inspring words, cheers!!

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Usually I'm not a fan of the entire dash covered in Alcantara, but this is just awesome. I think the clash of leather/alcantara is what sets it off. Really well done!
It's growing on me more and more each day. I'm really getting used to it but you get reminded of how big of a change it is when you see a stock interior again. It's a HUGE difference!!

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great job man! i dont think i could have the patience to do all that wrapping. looks real good.
The patience comes as you finish each piece. One at a time lets you see the results as you go and keeps the motivation going to do the next piece.



Thanks everyone for the great comments throughout the year, I'm looking forward to wrapping new things for 2013.

Cheers!

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Old 01-01-2013, 10:35 PM   #140
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wow amazing work man
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:10 PM   #141
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Phenomenal work man, you've inspired me to give this a try. Im going to smart with the smaller pieces first.

Why did you go from the 3m spray to the cement?
Sorry if it has been convered before, which streamer did you use?
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:14 PM   #142
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I don't think I have mentioned it on the thread yet but the steamer I used is found
(HERE)(HERE)
It was about $55 and worked perfect for what I needed it for. It's just for home use so I wouldn't plan on doing 100 dash wraps with it, lol

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Old 01-03-2013, 04:25 PM   #143
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Phenomenal work man, you've inspired me to give this a try. Im going to smart with the smaller pieces first.

Why did you go from the 3m spray to the cement?
Sorry if it has been convered before, which streamer did you use?
I switched from the 3M spray to HHR cement just because I wan't able to get the same consistency with the spray. It's really messy and you need to tape every thing off to make it neat. Also, you have no control over the flow, it's all or nothing.

The cement can be brushed, rolled or sprayed. It's also a lot stronger and made to resist heat on surfaces like the dash that can see up to 130 degree + temperatures. The 3M spray will let go at those temps.

Lastly, the best way to bond the Alcantara or any other material is to coat both sides before adhering them to together. With the spray, it's so thin that it has an easier chance of bleeding through on the material side.
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:11 PM   #144
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Another question. Is it at all possible to wrap the top dash portion without installing the Gauge Pod? While watching your video, it seems that there is still a portion of the dash exposed where the clock recess is. I assume you weren't too worried about making that part perfect as you were planning on covering it up with the pod. But, could it be done?
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Thanks for your response, you brought up some good points. Did you use an exacto knife to cut around the edges? How long will it take for the cement smell to dissipate from the vehicle?

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I switched from the 3M spray to HHR cement just because I wan't able to get the same consistency with the spray. It's really messy and you need to tape every thing off to make it neat. Also, you have no control over the flow, it's all or nothing.

The cement can be brushed, rolled or sprayed. It's also a lot stronger and made to resist heat on surfaces like the dash that can see up to 130 degree + temperatures. The 3M spray will let go at those temps.

Lastly, the best way to bond the Alcantara or any other material is to coat both sides before adhering them to together. With the spray, it's so thin that it has an easier chance of bleeding through on the material side.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:31 PM   #146
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:57 PM   #147
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I need this!!! So perfect ! Your close , any chance of doing this for some money?
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:00 PM   #148
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I need this!!! So perfect ! Your close , any chance of doing this for some money?
Haha, thanks!!!
I'm starting again in late spring to wrap again. I've moved since I completed this so I won't have a garage until April/May.

I'm not too close but it's still doable. I'm mid-coast Maine, Camden/Rockport/Rockland area.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:40 PM   #149
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:23 AM   #150
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Yupp, I used painters tape to mask the part where I don't want the material and adhesive. Then I glued the whole piece and when the glue got tacky I removed the tape and began to cover the piece in Alcantara. I made a rough cut of the material first so I can see the shape I'm going to need to cut. Then in one shot I did the final trimming and it worked great, hasn't pulled up yet!
Would you be able to take a close-up shot of this edge? I can't see how this wouldn't leave an edge that would lift after a lot of abrasion from putting things in the cupholder... Did you roll the edge over before glueing to make it cleaner?
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