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Old 10-21-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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Default Legacy OBW with Suede, Flocking, LEDs and more

Beginning to work on my 97 OBW. This will be my log for interior modifications on my car. The idea is to make an sti interior with blue on black. After much research I found the cheapest I could get the blue alcantara material was about 65$ per yard so I settled for a suede material I found on clearance at Joann's for 4$ per yard. With no experience with upholstery or interior work like this I didn't want to start on an expensive material like alcantara where I knew I would make mistakes. Suede is a very easy fabric to work with and appears to be tough enough for high traffic areas like the center console arm rest. Fading due to sun exposure is yet to be seen.

The dashboard has some sunbleaching so the next thing will be flocking the dashboard black(flocking kit is still in the mail). The front seats will be changed out with sti seats once I find a descent source for them. New floor mats and stereo with an sti wheel and she will be done! I will post more pictures as the project comes together.









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Old 10-21-2012, 04:43 PM   #2
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The quality of the work looks great, the idea OTOH......Not my cup of tea. Do you have a master plan for this vehicle, or did this just seem like a "cool" idea? Light grey or charcoal would have looked amazing.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:00 PM   #3
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Do my doors next?
Looks good. As Hondaslayer said, charcoal would have looked better.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:05 PM   #4
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Yes there is more to the plan, new seats, steering wheel and flocked dash are coming soon. The pictures don't do it justice, the blue is quite vibrant. The white/gray areas where the blue clashes with the dash are the sun bleaching that will be covered up from the flocking. I'm debating on flocking the A/B/C pillars and other trim pieces as well.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:07 PM   #5
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Do my doors next?
Looks good. As Hondaslayer said, charcoal would have looked better.
The door cards are easy to do:

http://sl-i.net/FORUM/viewtopic.php?t=589
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:46 AM   #6
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I have the same exact interior, looks really good! Don't forget the woodgrain on the power window switches!
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:57 AM   #7
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I have the same exact interior, looks really good! Don't forget the woodgrain on the power window switches!
I know right? So out of place. Maybe I can flock those or plastidip or something. Any recommendations on how I might be able to incorporate some red to accentuate the blue? Stitching or smaller red wrapped/trimmed/flocked places?
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:16 AM   #8
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Unfortunately, that material will fade within the year. Any fabric in AZ must be UV stabilized. And even then, it is not a guarantee.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:00 PM   #9
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The suede? I figured it might, I did this mostly as a learning experience and a proof of concept. It will be replaced with alcantara or a tougher material if one exists (not leather or vinyl). I am looking into where I can incorporate red stitching into the design and may redo some of the pieces.

I am also looking into finding a proper car cover as the last one I got off ebay for $20 began to degrade and fall apart in the sun after about a year. $20 a year to keep the interior in good shape is a bargain though. I would like to find a close fitting car cover that is made out of something more stout like boat covers that sit in the sun for years without giving up. Might have to build my own.

Is there a good thread on here about where to get the best car covers?
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:15 PM   #10
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Maybe he's an Elvis fan - Nice Blue suede Sube.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:45 PM   #11
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Tints would help a lot with the UV damage... not sure if you're interested in them or not. If you don't have experience with them they've very easy to put on yourself if you take your time and do it right. Would bring the black/blue look together more too, just my .02

as for the red, I tend to keep things simple with 2 colors, so I can't really help you with that. If I had to choose I'd do center console in red rather than blue and do the woodgrain window switches in red as well, just to keep things balanced between middle and outside with the blue and red. Good luck!
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:55 PM   #12
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I like where you're going with the red ideas. The center console was the hardest to wrap so far so I don't know if I want to redo that as I just finished that 2 days ago lol. Window switches and maybe the bezel around the gauges? Maybe red flock the 2 center pieces and/or a red suede parking brake boot?

I was thinking of an idea for a repair on the top edge of the door panels:
Cut back damaged foam to an even line, about 2 inches from window.
Spray adhesive bond a new foam padding of similar depth, cut fitted to the repair area.
Wrap new alcantara/suede material under the window trim over the top of the panel and down about 4 inches of the top with a clean sewn hem on the bottom....

Just an idea. I could do that red as well.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:58 PM   #13
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Holy hell I hate the idea. Execution is nice but **** you look like a pimp. Sorry lol
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:24 PM   #14
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It's a work in progress, not a finished product lol. Thanks for the input though, I need to gather more feedback to hone the finished product. Here's a quick render I did for the outside, to give more of an idea of where I'm going with this:

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Old 10-23-2012, 10:29 PM   #15
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Well,

The quality of the work looks great, the idea OTOH......Not my cup of tea. Do you have a master plan for this vehicle, or did this just seem like a "cool" idea? Light grey or charcoal would have looked amazing.
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Old 10-24-2012, 04:13 AM   #16
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Looks gooood. Hoping to do this with my doorcards except in red with red seats but I'm a little lazy and I take forever to get around to doing these things
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:53 AM   #17
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Not something i would do but it deff sticks out and looks nice. Next you should fix that hole in butt haha (your seat)
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:47 PM   #18
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STi seats will be going in as soon as I can find some. I found a guy with a set of 09 STi seats (all black) local that wants 400 for them. They're brand new but the color doesn't fit what I'm doing and it would be a pain to modify the seats to fit so I don't think it's worth it. Finding STi seats is a pain!
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:34 AM   #19
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Flocking kit finally came in from http://www.donjer.com. Was about 50$ but enough flocking material to cover approx 130 sq ft. This weekend we'll see how it turns out on the dash but I might try it on smaller pieces before then. http://www.rs25.com/forums/f105/t107...your-dash.html is an example of where I'm going with this:




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Old 10-26-2012, 09:45 PM   #20
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Started with flocking a few small pieces today. I must say I am thoroughly amazed with the results of the flocking kit from donjer. I thought I would start with the dome light between the sun visors. I will write up a full DIY later if there is interest. Keep in mind these pictures were taken with my phone and do absolutely zero justice to how good this glistens in the sunlight.









Final pictures coming tomorrow as I'm just installing it and it's dark out.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:16 PM   #21
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That's pretty neat! Good work.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:18 AM   #22
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Just a suggestion- for the shift boot I'd get a black leather one with blue stitching. The blue suede looks out of place, in my opinion.

http://www.redlinegoods.com/Legacy9599shiftboot.php
http://www.redlinegoods.com/clrchart.php
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:39 AM   #23
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Thanks for the input, I agree the shift boot isn't quite right. The original shift boot was still on there and was falling apart as well as didn't connect to the bottom of the shift knob I got to replace the original. I wanted to do something as a temporary shift boot until I find a better solution. And now I have! Thanks again. I'll dig around and find one I want but I might go with alcantara instead of leather.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:35 PM   #24
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Hard to tell in the pictures as it looks almost shag-like in the closeups. This material has a very present yet subtle sparkle in the sunlight with a soft texture. I am completely happy with the results and will be doing the dash with this process and other interior pieces. I am currently torn between wrapping the a/b/c pillars in suede vs flocking black.... Ideas?



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Old 10-27-2012, 02:27 PM   #25
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I really like it. But what is that white spot in the first pic?
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