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DIY: Alcantara interior trim - Edited with pics of final results
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Published by massdib
03-28-2014
DIY: Alcantara interior trim - Edited with pics of final results

I'll update with more pics once finished. I know there a some other DIYs for this, but i just wanted to clarify a few things and give a few tips.
Do this if you want to replace your interior trim, but with something less obnoxious than corbon fiber.

Refer to any carbon fiber covering thread for general instruction.
First of all you want to buy your alcantara.
You can get fake suede in every fabric shop for about 10$ a meter.
I bought superior quality material for about 40$ a meter because it had more of this “strokes are appearent” effect.
If you feel like it, you can buy real alcantara for about 80$ a meter online.
I used less than a meter for the whole interior, but if you want to go safe buy 1.5, as you may mess up some parts.
You will also need spray adhesive, i used elmer's all purpuse spray glue.

So here is how you will do this
1-Remove your interior trim (use the search function, there is a few threads already covering this.
2-Cut a piece of suede/alcantara exeding the part you want to cover by about an inch on each side.
3-Spray glue on your trim and try to align the fabric in the best way possible (be careful, the glue bonds really fast.)
4-Cut the excess fabric, and use small binder clips to hold the fabrig tight on the side of you trim.
5-Usually, you will need to respray glue under the binder clips to make the side of you alcantara cover hold. However SPRAY THE GLUE ON THE TRIM, NOT ON THE FABRIC. If you spray on the trim, the glue will pass straight trough.
6-Pay special attention to the corners use a lot of glue to make them hold.

I read in other DIY that if you touched the alcantara after touching glue, you have to start over. As it may be true that glue will alter the finish, you will be able to restore your alcantara back to normal by using contact glue solvant.

Il'l post more pics on request ! This is much easier than it looks lilke!

[EDIT] I covered my trim in blue painter's tape to make this mod reversible.

[EDIT]
I re-did the center console today. I was able to glue the corners really tight by holding them with string. Attached are pictures of the strings and finale results.

picture 1 : strings http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/...ps4b47d8aa.jpg

picture 2 : final result
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/...ps98c78d6a.jpg

I know it needs some brushing
Reply if you have any other questions !
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By Bear From Jax on 03-28-2014, 01:01 PM
I've been too chicken shit to do this, but I REALLY want to. I hate having a black interior with a light gray headliner and pillar covers..... Might have to look into this seriously.
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By deadmn1337 on 03-28-2014, 01:02 PM
Great tips!! I have been wanting to do this for awhile and just haven't found the material/color i want to do it with.
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By massdib on 03-28-2014, 01:18 PM
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I applied blue painter's tape before gluing anything, so its 100% reversible.
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By 335iAP on 03-28-2014, 03:06 PM
Were you able to wrap the center console? I tried and could never get it done.
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By massdib on 03-28-2014, 04:35 PM
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Were you able to wrap the center console? I tried and could never get it done.
yes, here it is
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By 335iAP on 03-30-2014, 04:26 PM
Any tips on doing the center console?
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By Bear From Jax on 03-30-2014, 07:40 PM
It looks like you have SS trim, are you going to do the dash also? If so, what's your game plan to tackle it?
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By massdib on 03-30-2014, 07:48 PM
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Any tips on doing the center console?
Yes, doing a O.K. job on the center console may be easy, but perfection is difficult to achieve.

The ashtray and shift boot holes are pretty easy. The only thing you got to have in mind is to keep them corners clean, and this is easy with the "string" technique. If you want pictures of this, on the edit of the first post, follow the link for "picture 1". I know the pictures may not look good, but trust me, it came out perfectly, my cellphone camera just isn't very good in low-lightning situations and make it look like its brownish and dirty.

The part you'll need to focus on is the third hole on the center console (the closest to you). To get this one right, your best bet would be to let an excessive amount of fabric in the hole, and then fitting the part that goes in it like you can. After that you should be able to pull the fabric under the center console with pliers, making a tight fit around the hole.

This may require a few tries, keep on going, you'll get it !
Let me know if something is not clear !
-M
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By DUI Elite on 03-30-2014, 07:51 PM
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I may try to do this this summer. I hate my wood trim, but also feel that the CF wrap is getting played out too heavily.

What was that you were saying about the string technique?
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By massdib on 03-30-2014, 07:59 PM
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It looks like you have SS trim, are you going to do the dash also? If so, what's your game plan to tackle it?
I'm doing it right now, I will post pictures when done.
I just finished doing the small SS part around the vent at the left of the steering wheel, and it went just fine. I applied the strategy described in the first post and it worked just fine. It is very forgiving compared to the center console because of vents are holding the fabric in place when you put them back on.
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By massdib on 03-30-2014, 08:01 PM
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I may try to do this this summer. I hate my wood trim, but also feel that the CF wrap is getting played out too heavily.

What was that you were saying about the string technique?
It is IMO the best way to get the corners to fit tight.
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By DUI Elite on 03-31-2014, 09:24 AM
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It is IMO the best way to get the corners to fit tight.
No lol I understood that part, but do you have a picture demonstrating how you used the string?
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By massdib on 03-31-2014, 10:49 AM
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No lol I understood that part, but do you have a picture demonstrating how you used the string?
http://s1364.photobucket.com/user/ma...7d8aa.jpg.html
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By massdib on 04-22-2014, 02:41 PM
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See edit on first post to have an idea of final results
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By massdib on 04-22-2014, 09:32 PM
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what do you guys think ?
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I'm not sure why, but I fear it getting dirty for you.

looks good though
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