Tips on re-covering the rear shoulder belt side panels?

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Tips on re-covering the rear shoulder belt side panels?

Postby IndyDave » Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:01 pm

I replaced my headliner today and it came out pretty well. I have some material left over and I was hoping to re-cover the two rear panels through which the shoulder belts come through. It appears to be the same material that was on the headliner originally.

The trouble with the small panels is the big hump where the belt comes out. Before spraying adhesive on I tried stretching / forming the headliner material over it. I don't see any way to do it without multiple folds being visible. That would not look good.

Any tips?!?!? :shock:

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Re: Tips on re-covering the rear shoulder belt side panels?

Postby LSC4ME » Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:29 pm

I used a upholstery steamer on my 91, came out perfect, just like factory.
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Re: Tips on re-covering the rear shoulder belt side panels?

Postby IndyDave » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:15 pm

LSC4ME wrote:I used a upholstery steamer on my 91, came out perfect, just like factory.

So I take it you steam it to fit, let it dry and then put the adhesive on? I can't quite picture the process.

Would one of those rental carpet cleaner units work? "Rug Doctor" or whatever they are called. The kind you see in supermarkets.

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Re: Tips on re-covering the rear shoulder belt side panels?

Postby LSC4ME » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:19 pm

No, this is not a carpet cleaner or a shampooer, its for doing things like this. the hot steam makes the material more workable to stretch and such. all good upolstery shops have one.
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Re: Tips on re-covering the rear shoulder belt side panels?

Postby White Lincoln » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:23 pm

I think the factory has a steam press they place the material on that "molds" the fabric.
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Re: Tips on re-covering the rear shoulder belt side panels?

Postby Davemutt » Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:40 pm

I tried to do mine and had the same issue.

Is the correct material foam backed like the headliner? Seems like it would be easier to get the material to conform without the foam.
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Re: Tips on re-covering the rear shoulder belt side panels?

Postby IndyDave » Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:53 pm

I too question the use of foam-backed headliner material. At least with my skill set. :lol:

I am thinking about taking these two panels along with the visors to a trim shop. I finished everything else and I have plenty of material left. I'll let the shop use whatever they want as long as it is a reasonable match for my headliner fabric.
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Re: Tips on re-covering the rear shoulder belt side panels?

Postby LSC4ME » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:26 pm

I think the factory used 1/8 foam and most places only carry 1/4, it is possible.
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