06-09-2008, 11:10 AM
Checked the registry thread, but both shops listed are central FL.
At 135K miles and 11 years old, the A4 finally shows her age with sagging headliner....flapping in the wind. *sigh*
06-09-2008, 12:42 PM
where Swedish Solution is located, if you know where that is. Must be half a dozen auto upholstery places in just a few blocks.
06-09-2008, 03:28 PM
I guess I'll just cruise the strip and go door to door. Thanks
06-10-2008, 01:58 PM
06-10-2008, 04:58 PM
A few years ago I'd been all over this as a DIY -- but oh how priorities change....I barely want to change the oil on this thing. So after removing the glue, how long and difficult was actually recovering with microsuede? Did you have difficulties getting the fabric to stick flat, everywhere? Thanks
06-10-2008, 06:08 PM
De Colores Auto Seat Covers
250 SW 22nd Ave
Miami, FL 33135
He just bought a 2004 BMW 328 and got the headliner worked on there. It's been there for probably 50 years and NO one speaks English. I felt totally out of place, but he's Cuban so he did all the talking.
06-11-2008, 09:56 AM
:-) Wife is fluent though. Thanks for the contact info though, will keep them in mind.
06-11-2008, 01:00 PM
the moisture in the glue made stretching the material easier than I expected. The glue had a pretty good grab so for areas like the grab handles I could lay the material over the opening and then use my thumb to press the backside of a spoon into the fabric and stretch it out. This worked surprisingly well and once the fabric reached the lower area the glue held it there.
Being my first attempt at anything like this I had started at the back and worked my way forward. The front is much more complex with the sunroof control area. That bump was a huge pain. I wound up having a 2" seam where extra material gathered. Had I planned better it might not have been an issue but it isn't very noticeable and I just wanted it done.
It's hard to say how long it took to recover it as I wasn't keeping track of time and was working on small areas over the course of several weeks (other priorities and had to order more glue). I preferred to let sections cure for 24 hours before moving on that way I wouldn't ruin finished sections while stretching others. You need to be pretty diligent about allowing the glue to setup for several minutes before laying the material down. All of the glues I tested recommended this.