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Old 04-26-2011, 09:01 PM   #61
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I don't think they offered the blackwood on the door trim, at least I haven't found it yet, even on the Ghia. They usually are just black or silver.

I'm married to the perf leather door inserts, in black though, because I am trying to match the SVT wheel, ebrake and my new shifter, which is black perf too. My interior will be Sahara Tan, so the black is a complimentary color. Otherwise, I'd be looking at something unusual for the inserts, although that is still an option too, just haven't found any WOW material.

Dirt, the soft side perf vinyl is horrible looking, it's just I have perf leather everywhere else, so you can tell the difference comparing the two. The vinyl is a tad smoother, and I would use it if not for the existing leather, I can get is for next to nothing. My interior guy is very good, but very obstinate. He won't do anything he doesn't want to do, and won't even order the leather for me to use myself, saying it's the wrong choice for whatever reason. He's weird that way, been that way the 30 years I have known him. I wanted a tan perf headliner, and he won't get that from his wholesaler either, again saying it's the wrong choice.
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:23 PM   #62
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Kinda figured the vinyl would like crap. If I'm gonna do it then do it right. I like the texture and depth the look of perf adds. My steering wheel is black perf so makes sense to tie it in but in a diff color. Might even do an insert inside an insert using diff colors or materials. Toying with several ideas and lots of sketches.

Your tan and black should look good. Kind of a refined look. I thought about tan for inserts. Would kinda make mine the reverse of yours since my interior is all black(except inserts are gray).

Might try to find a "guy" in my area to at least source material to see if cheaper and to not be stuck with half hide minimum.
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I don't think they offered the blackwood on the door trim, at least I haven't found it yet, even on the Ghia. They usually are just black or silver.

I'm married to the perf leather door inserts, in black though, because I am trying to match the SVT wheel, ebrake and my new shifter, which is black perf too. My interior will be Sahara Tan, so the black is a complimentary color. Otherwise, I'd be looking at something unusual for the inserts, although that is still an option too, just haven't found any WOW material...
There are blackwood trims on the 5-door Mk1.5 Ghias, but no 3-doors that I could find.

If you want black perforated inserts, just get a set of Recaro doorpanels. The 3-doors are exactly that. 5-door Recaro interiors have plain grey vinyl inserts though.
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:52 PM   #64
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Yeah, just came back to edit that, too late, I found Ghia blackwood door pieces. I musta been thinking of the speedo bezel, I was looking for those too.

I have a sedan, prefer to go the custom route. Hoping to have a unique cut and sew on the inserts before I install them, reminiscent of the coves on a '62 Corvette. We will see how it goes when I get the material. Just outta money at the moment, college tuition for the kid is just starting, on top of graduation, prom, and all the other BS.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:01 PM   #65
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Davey Boy: you should be able to clean the suede with Tuff Stuff or Resolve. Spray it on, let it sit for 30 seconds, and blot or lightly rub the fabric with microfiber cloth. If it starts to pill up from rubbing, stop, cut the pills off with a sharp fabric scissor or xacto knife (don't pull them off), and try again rubbing with less force.

I don't know if spray adhesive bleeds through suede, but I used 3M Interior Trim Adhesive to stick the leather to both sides of the inserts. I've used that stuff on headliners too and it works great.
I found out a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol on a que-tip will get stuff off without losing any color. But you have to be very gentle and use almost none. Thanks for the tip though! I think I'm gonna swap it out for some different stuff, certainly not your typical 'fabric'. Still a lot to look into on that though.
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don't know if this was asked, but are the front panels just glued on as well? is the plastic piece removable or would it be best do upholster right over it?
looks great btw, very clean look.
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don't know if this was asked, but are the front panels just glued on as well? is the plastic piece removable or would it be best do upholster right over it?
looks great btw, very clean look.
They front panels are glued on in the hatch. They might be held on by plastic in the sedans, but other members have had success using a dremel for that.

I would recommend upholstering over the original fabric and padding, it will make things much easier. That also makes wrapping the new fabric tightly easier. If you'd like you can peel the fabric and padding off to start fresh. That route adds an extra step or two though, and no one but you will know either way.

If you do decide to peel the old fabric off make sure to keep the pressure even while wrapping your fabric around the padding. Otherwise you end up with waves wherever the fabric is tightest. Once you get started upholstering you'll see what I mean :)
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i hear ya. i'll probably go right over the current fabric. thanks for the tips, this will be a future mod!
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Awesome! What kinda fabric are you thinking?
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i was just thinking maybe felt? i doubt it's very stretchy but it's thin and somewhat soft. any other suggestions?
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