View Full Version : INTERIOR REPAIR, Need advice! With PICTURES!

10-15-2010, 10:59 PM
We all know that our cars are pretty old and there's got to be some tear and wear. In my case, the ceiling cloth is coming off, the driver side pleather seats is torn the hell up, my steering wheel leather is loosing it's color and is starting to lose it's leather feel. Then there's the arm rest lid that's coming off. How should I repair these parts? Can you guys give me some advice?





10-15-2010, 11:52 PM
Buy some headliner material and redo it.
Buy some new seats.
Buy a new steering wheel.
Buy some suede and wrap your arm rest.

10-16-2010, 12:22 AM
Where in CA are you? I know a guy who reupholstered our entire boat for a very good price. He is located up in Pioneer, CA though. The 95666 Pioneer.

10-16-2010, 08:42 AM
I'm in los angeles, ca. I need like a DIY links.

10-16-2010, 11:40 PM
Where the hell is pioneer, never heard of it...lol..sorry

10-17-2010, 08:59 AM
By my white s4 Front and rear seats for 300

10-17-2010, 09:24 AM
Where the hell is pioneer, never heard of it...lol..sorry

Google is your friend. (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&biw=1920&bih=953&q=Pioneer,+CA&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=Pioneer,+CA&gl=us&ei=MSO7TICDEoOglAeuxJCGDg&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CBYQ8gEwAA)

10-17-2010, 09:38 AM
By my white s4 Front and rear seats for 300

Yea looks like I would have to buy new ones. How much with shipping? Send me some pictures!

10-17-2010, 10:39 AM
katskin for seats, steering wheel cover, blow dryer for roof.

10-17-2010, 01:49 PM
3m 77 adhesive spray for headliner. if your really serious, go buy some felt fabric of your color choice and redo it.
a racing steering wheel will be a cost efficient idea if your into upgrading the interior.
same with the seat for some styles {corbeau, apc{cheap i.m.o}}
and ive never repaired leather but im sure you can get some by the square yard or foot {enough to cover} for the armrest and either apply it via spray on adhesive or stitching or find a used replacement from an auto salvage yard or the forums. when i get my new center comsole ill send you mine for free if interested

10-17-2010, 06:35 PM
I remember I read something about the using 3m glue spray and scrapping off the old foam for the roof, how would I remove the top? I tried going around the edges to find screws to remove, no luck. As for the steering wheel, I hate after market wheels and plus my interior is navy blue/ beige so it's going to be a bitch finding a used or replacement.

10-18-2010, 07:31 AM
As it has been mentioned...

1. Headliner - remove the headliner, remove the old fabric / scrape off all of the old foam, and either recover it yourself or take it to a auto trim / upholstery shop to have it recovered professionally. (I just finished recovering my headliner, A/B/C pillars, and sunroof cover last night in grey suede)

2. Seats - you either need to buy a new seat and swap them, buy a new seat cover and swap them, or take the seat to an auto trim / upholstery shop and have it fixed professionally.

3. Steering Wheel - you either need to buy a new sport steering wheel (you need one from a 98-01 with the later hub design which utilizes a separate clock spring while the earlier model wheels had an integrated clock spring... you do not need a new airbag) or take it to an auto trim / upholstery shop and have it recovered professionally (this really should only be recovered by professionals).

4. Arm Rest Cover - you can either recover it yourself with a new material (this requires removing the lid from the center console, separating the upper and lower plastic pieces that are fused together to form the lid, making a new upper piece out of particle board or wood, rewrapping the new upper piece you made with your material, and reattaching the wrapped upper piece to the lower piece) or attempt to buy a used one in good shape that matches.

There are DIYs for quite a few of these (the search tool and Google are your friends). Here is a few links to help you out...

DIY Arm Rest Recover - http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/254405-D.I.Y.-Armrest-repair

DIY Headliner Recover - http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/342314-Re-upholstering-Headliner | http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?3866672

Headliner, A/B/C Pillar, Etc Removal - http://www.audiworld.com/tech/int51.shtml | http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/389156-Interior-Project-Lots-of-Suede

Seat Removal - http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/316487-KNaudiA4-**-gt-S4?p=4979364&viewfull=1#post4979364 | http://www.audi-forums.com/b5-forum/40062-diy-seat-removal-a4-b5-1995-a.html

Steering Wheel Removal - http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php/365128-how-do-i-take-my-steering-wheel-off?highlight=b5+steering+wheel+remove