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As you can see there was a-lot of dirt above the drivers head(Bought the van like this).
The board in the back was a little cleaner but still had spots on it.
I upholstered the center console with a white vinyl on the top and painted the bottom gold. I also trimmed back some of the top (Will show later) to add a "Mood Light" (The silver bar you see) that gives of a soft blue glow when the switch is turned on. I plan to fix this and have it come on with the car (Easy) by time in install the upholstery back in the car. (Have to wait 3 days for dap to set before exposing to 150F + temps (I live in Florida). I tested it by placing it in the car before the three days and the vinyl shrunk and the glue failed on some parts. (Costing me more money).
I used "Marine Vinyl" for this mission. Available at JoAnnes Farbrics http://marinevinyl.org/ As you can see this vinyl is meant to sit in heat and won't damage under moisture. I wanted to avoid using what ever vinyl GMC placed on the car door as mine cracked under my sharp elbow. (Next Project) I assume that the previous owner never used the arm rest on the door as there where no cracks until I bought it.
The Sun Visor
They look so disgusting!
So much better. I'm an Artist! I found it impossible to open the Large visor to do my upholstery so I had to work with a closed unit. Could not hide the edges very well so I decided to cover it with the rope like edging. The small one (White one) I was able to open and did that one without any hassle.
The foam soaked up all the smoke from the previous owner.
The plastic Cracked one of the mirrors while placing it back in the casing. Thats ok as I want to get a mirror that is flat anyhow without that bubble mirror. I will probably look in a junk yard for one one of these days when I get the money.
The Mini TV
My van came with a TV in the rear that black with a grey vinyl boarder. I wanted to keep the black originally but I broke the back of the TV long ago when I hit it with my head. I repaired it with super glue and it has been fine since but I had to sand the super glue down to make it smooth. After getting it smooth enough I painted it. It came out fine (Not able to tell it was ever cracked. but yesterday I decided to make the screen black on the back (White Front) as hands will touch it a-lot. So I placed Black Vinyl over the back (Where it was cracked / painted over). I placed white vinyl over the boarder of the screen and made the top gold to match my console. In this picture and the one below you can also see the bar (Mentioned below) in the process of me making it. (Above) Completed black vinyl bar. (Below) incomplete vinyl bar with glue setting.
Double sided tape started to wear on my tv so I placed some dap on it. I love this light since it makes it seem like a theater.
most of the indentations you see on this piece come from me walking on the headboard (It's large) they dissipate after a while but I need to walk on it to work on it.
As I said Earlier the heat slightly shrunk the vinyl back so I had to create a bar to hide the pulled back part where the two vinyl pieces joined (At the white rope) I did this by buying a long vinyl molding from home depot $2.09 and covering it in the black marine vinyl. In this picture I layed the glue out where the bar is going to be set.
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More pictures coming soon Enjoy.