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Old 10-27-2012, 03:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm working on repairing the sun rotting on the top edge of the door panels, I'll have pictures soon. More flocking and suede on the way... For now though, flocked window switches to cover up that wood trim stuff and window decals! I gotta say the yellow decals over blue interior is striking

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Old 10-27-2012, 03:54 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I left this image full resolution so you can see the brilliance of how good the flocking looks in direct sunlight:



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Old 10-27-2012, 04:16 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I like it. Nice work!
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:45 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Here is a quick photolog of doing the suede on a small piece for those that are interested:

I wanted to do the door handle while I had the panel off for the vinyl repair so...



Handle removed:



Scrap section of suede fitted perfectly to this piece:



Spray on adhesive applied to the handle and suede wrapped around the to-be-seen side:



Excess trimmed off:



Spray on adhesive applied to back side and the suede that will be folded over (effectively sprayed on both materials for maximum adhesion) and pulled tight over the back side of handle:



Using a razor blade I trimmed out the hole for the plug. Reinstalled:



In total, with taking pictures, took about 10 minutes.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:35 PM   #15 (permalink)
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i think it looked better like this
but i applaud the effort
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I would consider doing this later and use Leather instead of suede.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:12 PM   #17 (permalink)
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More progress on the project. I was able to remove and flock the dashboard today and will be installing it with new seats I'm picking up tomorrow.

Removing trim pieces:



Dashboard out:




Wires protected from flocking:



Airbag flocked:



Makeshift flocking booth on back patio:



Partial shot of the dashboard:



I'll have more pictures of the flocked dash and install tomorrow. Off topic but I repainted the wheels, I think they turned out perfect for rattle cans:



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Quick update. Seats acquired. Dashboard installed. Went on a 4 hour road trip down to Phoenix to pick up the seats with the dashboard installed and I've gotta say the results are awesome. I love the black on blue color schemes and the best part is there is absolutely zero glare now. I was concerned that the shiny/sparkly black complexion of the flocking would be reflective but even in direct sunlight I am hard pressed to notice any detail of the dashboard in the windshield. It's hard to get lighting such that my camera doesn't saturate the blue when focusing the black but here are a few shots until I figure out the lighting.

Quick side note though: on their instructions they say the adhesive has a 10-15 minute workable range but I had never really tested the time on this before starting on something as big as the dashboard. In Arizona I would say you have more of a 3-5 minute workable range because of the dryness and higher temperatures. I had myself and a friend applying the adhesive and I started applying the flocking roughly 5 minutes after we started and some spots were already too dry to accept flocking and it became a psycho rush of me reapplying adhesive in certain areas to recover the project as you can only do this once and not in sections. This was certainly nerve racking but the results turned out better than I expected. There were some light spots but they are difficult to notice. Odd thing about flocking is it looks 20x better in direct sunlight than otherwise. So if you live in a dry/hot area... do this in a garage, run a humidifier and do this at night while it's cool out. Have at least 2 people applying adhesive and a third person delivering the flocking as immediately after the adhesive as practical. Anywho... Pictures:





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I love my Subaru! Repainted hood coming soon.





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nice seats! ive been keeping my eye open for a nice set.
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