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Headlining Upgrade

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davetoff

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Started to refurbish the headlining and visor today. Decided to recover with alcantara, it's automotive grade, gives an similar colour match to original, hard wearing, readily available and looks the bees knees.

Most of the metal brackets on the cantrail trim had surface corrosion on, but there was plenty of meat to work with so I shot blasted them and then primered and repainted with satin black. Stripping off the old material on the cantrail substrate and gluing on the new material was an easy job and one that was quite satisfying. I'll do the same thing with the head rail, but will need to get my sewing machine out to incorporate the clock area.....Not good at sewing /-:

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Good luck with the alcantara headlining, it looks superb but is tricky to form around shapes without stitching. The original stockinette type stuff is hideous but very forgiving and DIY friendly, which is probably why its so commonly used.

You want a top notch job for this, you will see it every time you get in the car. Don't be afraid of using a pro for the really tricky bits!

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