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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-23-2012, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Beginning to work on my 97 OBW. This will be my log for interior modifications on my car (not certain if this should be moved to the gallery or gen 1 topic so feel free to move it moderators). The idea is to make an sti interior with blue on black, I'm beginning to find ways to incorporate red and have black as the background color. After much research I found the cheapest I could get the blue alcantara material was about 65$ per yard so I settled for a suede material I found on clearance at Joann's for 4$ per yard. With no experience with upholstery or interior work like this I didn't want to start on an expensive material like alcantara where I knew I would make mistakes. Suede is a very easy fabric to work with and appears to be tough enough for high traffic areas like the center console arm rest. Fading due to sun exposure is yet to be seen.

The dashboard has some sun bleaching so the next thing will be flocking the dashboard black(flocking kit is still in the mail). The front seats will be changed out with sti seats once I find a descent source for them. New floor mats and stereo with an sti wheel and she will be done! I will post more pictures as the project comes together.

As a side note I have posted this on Nasioc and SL-I boards so I apologize if anyone has already read this there. I am trying to gather as much feedback as possible to better hone the finished product to a quality Subaru.









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The dashboard has some sun bleaching so the next thing will be flocking the dashboard black(flocking kit is still in the mail). The front seats will be changed out with sti seats once I find a descent source for them. New floor mats and stereo with an sti wheel and she will be done! I will post more pictures as the project comes together.
I looked at the pics before reading the post. The above rectifies the issues I noticed. Good job, it's gonna look slick when it's done.

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Not my cup of tea, but you have done a good job applying the material.
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Flocking kit finally came in from http://www.donjer.com. Was about 50$ but enough flocking material to cover approx 130 sq ft. This weekend we'll see how it turns out on the dash but I might try it on smaller pieces before then. http://www.rs25.com/forums/f105/t107...your-dash.html is an example of where I'm going with this:



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I dig this a lot! Keep up the great work!
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Started with flocking a few small pieces today. I must say I am thoroughly amazed with the results of the flocking kit from donjer. I thought I would start with the dome light between the sun visors. I will write up a full DIY later if there is interest. Keep in mind these pictures were taken with my phone and do absolutely zero justice to how good this glistens in the sunlight.









Final pictures coming tomorrow as I'm just installing it and it's dark out.
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looks great, i may end up doing this one day

who cares about resale value? this is an outback, not getting something else til at least 200k miles!

i have a few parts that aren't supposed to be there...

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I'm with iainb, not my "cup of tea". But I'll give you great credit on application. Looks great, and I'm sure you'll get the look you are trying for. The flocking looks great!
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Wow, a second blast from the past in one day. Flocking was big in the fifties and sixties for model car interiors.

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I was originally introduced to it by a friend when we were discussing what to do with our dashboards. He said the WRC cars have flocked dashboards and we started looking into it. I was thinking of wrapping it in Alcantara but the material is quite expensive and I'm no upholstery professional.

Hard to tell in the pictures as it looks almost shag-like in the closeups. This material has a very present yet subtle sparkle in the sunlight with a soft texture. I am completely happy with the results and will be doing the dash with this process and other interior pieces. I am currently torn between wrapping the a/b/c pillars in suede vs flocking black.... Ideas?



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