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I'm about neck deep into the headliner and pillar recovering project, so it only makes sense that I start thinking about all of the plastic trim, handles, visors, etc.
I've seen a few cars that chose to leave these parts all alone, but that's simply too easy!
I've disassembled the passenger side visor and determined the method/technique that is most likely to yield positive results with me doing the job myself.
#1 rule is that I do not sew. I am confident however that these can be recovered WITHOUT the need for a sewing machine.
Here's a pic of the visor stripped down to the bones.
The factory didn't sew the covers, and they weren't even glued on.
Basically, the visor is twice as big as it appears. The piece is then folded along the center line and wrapped around the post/shaft. The two 'flaps' of plastic are then melted/glued together. They have a narrow strip along the perimeter that is not glued together & the material is pushed into this 'slot' all the way around the visor. On each 'flap', there are 'teeth' that catch the material as it is pushed in. The finished seam looks factory on my test & it wasn't even glued onto the visor. When I do it, it will get glued and pulled tight to create a clean, finished appearance. hopefully.
In order to take it completely apart, I'd have had to damage it a bit more than I'm comfortable with. I'm not 100% sure how to handle the small rod that clips into the roof catch though. It doesn't seem to come apart as easily as the rest of the visor. I'm thinking I can slit the new fabric and push the edges into the visor the same as the rest of it. We'll see.
I'm going to pick up some black paint for the arms, brackets, handles, etc. & some fabric dye for the fuzzt trim around the doors.
If everything goes well, I should pick up the rest of my materials tomorrow and be finished with the whole thing by next week.
I've decided to retain the original material on the sun visors as padding for the new suede. I'm afraid that w/o the padding underneath the suede, it will show the surface contours of the plastic visor a bit too easily.
As far as the headliner goes, I'll definitely leave the original material in place and just cover over it.
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