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Car Interior Repairs: Finishing details

Attention to the smaller details in the interior will finally set off and complement all the hard work you have put into refurbishing the seats, carpets, headlining and trim panels. In some cases refurbishing the details is just a simple … Continue reading

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How to Replace a Headlining in an Old Car

Many home restorers fight shy of making a complete new headlining. However, provided you go about it in a methodical way there is nothing particularly difficult, if you have access to a heavy duty sewing machine which will handle the … Continue reading

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How to Restore a Car: Armrests and Door Pockets

Cars which have armrests and pockets in the doors are a little bit more awkward to deal with but, provided you take the old trim panel apart carefully and make a note of how each piece fits to its neighbour, … Continue reading

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How to Restore a Classic Car: Door trim and panels

The parts of the trim most likely to be in bad condition, and most likely to need replacing, are the interior door trim panels. They take many a kick from people getting into and out of the car, and the … Continue reading

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Restoring Classic Car Wood Trim

Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn 4-Door Saloon 1954

Repairing and revarnishing wood trim To restore real wood trim strips and dashboards is very different from trying to imitate a photo-printed grain pattern, and—thank goodness—considerably easier. Most original finishes deteriorate, due to the effects of sunlight and condensation, and … Continue reading

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Classic Car Restoration: Artificial Wood Graining

One of the most awkward and frustrating interior metal finishes to restore or reproduce, is a wood grain effect. Many manufacturers used this kind of finish in the 1930s, and some carried on with it on their post-war models, until … Continue reading

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Classic Car Restoration: Painted metal finishes

Refinishing the metal interior parts of the car (the dash, windscreen pillars, door finishers and other details) that are sprayed in the same colour as the body exterior is a straight forward enough job, but one which needs quite a … Continue reading

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How to Clean a Plastic Headlining in Your Classic Car

Plastic headlinings which are undamaged will respond to the same cleaner treatment that you used on the vinyl seats; as I have already said you should repair any small tears or snags before you start cleaning. Getting behind the headlining … Continue reading

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Classic Cars: Cleaning the Interior Trim

Before you start the job of cleaning the seats or trim panels of your old or classic car, tackle any small repairs which may be necessary. Pulling together seams where the stitching has started to come adrift can often be … Continue reading

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Refurbishing Classic Car Interiors

Taking things apart Refurbishing the interior of a classic or old car — refurbishing as distinct from re-upholstering — is one of the more rewarding projects in classic car restoration because, unlike most mechanical jobs, you see and appreciate the … Continue reading

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