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Old 01-01-2009, 05:58 PM   #1
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Default DIY plasti-dip painted interior, blue suede headliner + spec-C roof vent

So after researching on NASIOC forums I decided to get rid of that ugly beige top interior in my 07 STI. I have been using plasti-dip for all the plastic pieces and have the 3m 90 strength fabric adhesive and dupli-color fabric and vinyl dye.

3 cans plasti-dip spray
1 can plasti-dip brush on
1 can dupli-color vinyl/fabric paint
1 can generic prep-spray
1 large can 3M adhesive spray 90 strength
3 yards Blue suede microfiber
1 roll blue painters tape
1 hardheaded yet understanding wife
1 eager two year old son

The last two items occasionally but usually do not help progress.

Here is what I have done so far, pics to come later. So far it looks GREAT!

I removed all the interior pieces necessary to remove headliner, prepped and painted all the pieces (A,B,C pillars, oh crap handles, sunvisor plastic pieces, map and dome lights, and clips that hold the headliner in place)

After the first coat everything came out a dark grey which was ok...but there was a bit of un-even coating which I expected because I SUCK at painting with anything. After second coat OMG amazing, texture is spot on factory black with a nice shine like right after a good armor-all wipe down and even though I thought some parts were sprayed a little thick it all evened itself out. This may be because I took a page from a VW restoration as a teen ager and hung all my pieces to paint and dry.

(Did I mention it is COLD and my garage is not heated. It would have been great since I spent two days cleaning it up and getting it ready to be worked in and store my STI but the garage door went terminal and because of the odd size its going to cost my $700 to fix and I am not paying that for a rental place. Of course I rent from my brother-in-law who has no extra cash so I am SOL in the garage door department)

But I digress, optimum temperatures are 70-90 degrees ferenheit and it is 35 degrees average right now. This caused one of the cans to be kind of thick and start sputtering about half-way through the can. I switched to another can and finished up. In all I have used 2 cans worth of plasti-dip out of three cans.

After I pulled the interior and I saw a thread for the Spec-c roof vents on sale for $399 shipped, I jumped on it. Now I have been working on the interior on and off for about 5 days now when it is warmest checking on pieces and doing everything I can to make sure I get as much painted as possible including those impossible to paint seat belt pieces.

I have learned that if you do a light coat and let it completely dry, like two days time for me, the second coat goes on strong and doesnt peel off as easily. Hence my oh crap handles coming out nicely.

As for the pieces on the seat belts that are 'unremovable' I also purchased a can of brush of plasti-dip and I have plans to painters tape my belts over a large area and sponge the plasti-dip on to the loops in several coats. I will report on how this works out later.

Once my spec-c vent comes in I will be following some detailed guides from NASIOC as well as other forums to do the best I can cutting the roof out of my car . Then the rest of my interior can be returned to the car and I can show it off, hopefully this will be done by the third weekend in Jan. Depends on shipping! So I can show it to my friends at drill and then at my first meet in Cincinatti area. (See MWSOC forum for details cincinatti teh thread sequel.)

Also, while I am in the interior mode I am going to modify my sub enclosure that holds two 10" JBL subs to be a little shorter and more narrow while creating a different angle for the sound to more effectively use the trunk space for cargo as well as large sounding board for the subs. After this carpentry work is done I am goine to wrap it in the same blue suede as the headliner and maybe eventually redo the trunk carpet pieces with black suede or just dye them black, probably try dye first to maintain factory function with all the tool storage.

pics, pics, we want pics! I know! I will get them up when I find time. Wife is home for vacation and has been deployed for military purposes since last Feb. so I am stealing time from her everytime I work on the car. Hard to work on car marriage and child-raising all at the same time.

Did the headliner yesterday, looks decent but not perfect, added some detailed tips in lower post. I may have it redone professionally down the road. not until I install the spec-c vent though. Still waiting for its arrival.


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Old 01-02-2009, 07:45 AM   #2
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sounds good, can't wait to check it out
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Old 01-02-2009, 08:38 AM   #3
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Yea im definately waiting to see this one !
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:12 PM   #4
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So my wife and I did the headliner yesterday in the blue suede. I gotta a say, what a PITA. I followed other threads instructions by spraying the headliner and material with 3M 90 strength fabric adhesive. Then waited for the glue to become tacky and began applying the material to the headliner in small sections and rubbing vigorously to remove all wrinkles. Here is the issue with what went down. If the material comes in to contact with the headliner it will begin to adhere without any pressure, and if you take too long the glue will dry to the point where rubbing will not make it adhere at all.

A note for application that may be more clear than other instructions that I have read is to spray adhesive in small sections on headliner and material, wait for it to become tacky and then rub it together, repeat these steps to completion. Furthermore It seems it would be better to work from front to rear. Visors to trunk, because of all the different humps and angles in the front and then to the smooth rear sections.




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Old 01-04-2009, 01:28 PM   #5
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:32 PM   #6
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A note for application that may be more clear than other instructions that I have read is to spray adhesive in small sections on headliner and material, wait for it to become tacky and then rub it together, repeat these steps to completion. Furthermore It seems it would be better to work from front to rear. Visors to trunk, because of all the different humps and angles in the front and then to the smooth rear sections.
That's the way I was taught to do headliners, phantom tops, etc. Because the glue is so tacky, and the workpiece so big, you need to break it down to sections that are easier to work with. Also, keep the material pulled tight. That helps cut down on the wrinkles.

Good luck, and take some pics. I'd love to see what you come up with.
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:59 PM   #7
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PICS ARE COMING! The weather is really nasty right now and freaking cold, so since my garage door wont open...its terminal...I am locked out with only my small parts that fit through a house sized door inside and no heat in there so its FRIGID.

As for the headliner...arghh. It looked like crap! Too many little wrinkles around the edges for my taste. (wife didnt notice them but I did) So I gently ripped that stuff off and ordered some more. Judging by how easily I removed the material it probably wasn't a good job anyway. I will be the first to admit my defeats. So I sourced a guy that actually does this stuff to help me get it done right.
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I am taking pics of the plast-dipped pieces right now! However, I'm hungry so I am eating lunch!!!
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:03 PM   #16
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larger pics available @ http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3190864/2

p.s. I still haven't figured out what all this titty wopping is about.
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ttiwwop = this thread is worthless with out pics
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hmmm i shoulda used plasti dip maybe i'll do it again. mine looks the same but is obviously less durable
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props for having the patience and time to do that..with a 2 year old and all..i know my 5 yr old nephew is a handful and he isn't even mine
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the stuff WILL scrape off with some effort but the whole piece is coated in like a rubber jacket.
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Great work =) Not only does it look very well done, I bet they cut down on some degree of road noise.
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Looks real good. Do the actual sun visors look black or are they more dark gray like the pics on cardomain?
Are the pillars pretty easy to take off? Do they just snap off or are there some screws?

Looking forward to seeing the suede headliner
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only thing i hate is that you cant really do the seatbelts
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Looks real good. Do the actual sun visors look black or are they more dark gray like the pics on cardomain?
Are the pillars pretty easy to take off? Do they just snap off or are there some screws?

Looking forward to seeing the suede headliner

Just gave sunvisors second dye today and the are BLACK! They still come out lighter in pics though. As for KOJI!!! Darn him! Lol, seriously though I was going to/ am going to the seatbelts. I haven't seen Kojis write up on how he did his but I have my own idea and I am going to check his out right now.

SOOO totally just read Koji's thread and how he did his belts, strikingly similar to how I said I was doing mine! Of course no one likes to read they just want pics and excerpts.

I'm sure I will never get any credit for innovation because, well just because.

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