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Custom Leather Interior.

So, a few days ago, I installed (read: stitched) perforated leather to make the (formerly) rubber steering wheel a bit more luxurious. For this I bought a piece of leather from Shopsar.com specifically created to fit over the outer rim...at a cost of $60. Once it was all installed, I loved it. So now I'm on a quest to change a good number of the crappy, plastic surfaces to leather by buying it bulk this time, at about $2-3 per square foot, instead of custom pieces.

Thoughts? Suggestions? I think I'm going to go after parts on the door panels next.

I think this could be a great mod - just takes a lot of time in installing, but could potentially add a lot of value to the car. I'm a bit intimidated at doing the seats, though, as that's more than basic stitching.

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Pics!!!!! Was thinking about doing the steering wheel too........have read it's bloody hard though.......did u strip off the old cover first??? Any advice/tips??

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Pics!!!!! Was thinking about doing the steering wheel too........have read it's bloody hard though.......did u strip off the old cover first??? Any advice/tips??
It's fairly time consuming, but the only difficulty is requiring a bit of strength to get it to stretch the leather correctly. If I hadn't done things like 1. lost the needle and 2. snapped the thread once, it would have taken a whole lot shorter time than it did. The spokes are difficult, though - mainly getting it flush with the existing line. I did not remove the cover - wasn't aware it was one :P
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You did a great job on that !

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Thanks! Any suggestions on a fixate for the next parts? The plastic around the dash seems to be the most anti-adhesive substance created by man. It's truly an achievement.
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Have you tried putting a key in the surface, like you would for paint? I would think a few rounds with some 120 grit should do the trick.

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Have you tried putting a key in the surface, like you would for paint? I would think a few rounds with some 120 grit should do the trick.
I would prefer not completely destroying the surface It is already rough, also.
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I would sat hit the local yard and get some test pieces to play with, and find the right adhesive.

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A mander in a yard already?
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