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Before, it was just the stock gray . . .


In process:




And done:

And the rear hatch done to match:

(The color looks MUCH better in person. The red is "Coca-Cola Red," the same as the RS6.)


I guess it is now obvious which tartan I chose to run with . . .
http://newscionxb.com/interior_mods/interior_tartan-t3183.0.html
 

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Nice work, but way to busy for me.
 

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Kinda . . .

With the (deserved) name of Tartan Jack, I wanted to integrate tartan into my xB. The only issue was which. Then, based on the colors of the tartan, the matter would be where would look good.

I never liked the stock felt headliner, so it would become either:
- Tartan
- A gray tweed
Either way, the plastic pieces and pillars would need to remain stock light gray, at least until some paint is found that is durable enough to last 10 years w/o touch-up on them . . . Those items take too much abuse for what I've seen so far to look good long enough.

Once I decided on Wallace (red, black, and yellow), that would be the headliner, front seat inserts, rear hatch piece, and maybe more.
After looking at the vehicle as-is . . .
I'm gonna scale back the tartan accessories, using red, black, and yellow instead.

The Scot St Andrews stuff will remain, in honor of William Wallace . . .
Plus, it looks pretty good in person.

Now, I'm gonna add red and yellow to the dash . . .
(Puts on thinking cap)
 

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Very nice TJ! You've been a busy guy. Did you use the 3M spray glue out of a can? Did you tear the felt off or go straight over it? On a level of 1-10 10 being hardest, how hard was it to pull the headliner out. That's the only thing I have been debating.
 

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I left the felt on and used the heavy-duty 3M. I'd recommend contact cement. I'm not that confident it'll hold. Of course, it is thick and the the backside is felted too (one side felted, one threads on the material), so that may be the problem. I'll be curious how it will work. Oh, and it took 2 full cans . . .

As for effort . . .
Wasn't that bad. EVERYTHING (except the c-pillar cubbies and overhead console) just clips out. he advise would be to watch and be careful not to break the clips (would make it difficult to put everything back on). First, pop off the handles and visors (all use clips-> be CAREFUL), the visor retention hooks (twist core and slides out, then base comes right out), and the overhead lights (front spots EASILY pops right out, but main has 4 clips that could be broken-> should have taken picts of that one). Then, pop out the 5 plug-pins (correct term?), pop off the C-pillars and A pillars, slip it over the B-pillars and out from behind the weather stripping (easy). REMEMBER: there are 2 wirelooms taped to the top of the headliner. I just pulled them off and taped them to the vehicle metal bows. The headliner comes out the back. Oh, and I'd NOW advise popping out the lower parts, to allow more clearance. I made it out by just pulling the top parts down and pulling over them. The edges of the headliner had to be forced out the door, but as I was recovering it I wasn't worried about it.

The front sway was more difficult, as was the strut bar. It was easy, just time consuming. Also, the specific fabric I used was more flexible than I realized, plus patterned, so was HARD to keep perfectly straight and square. It looks good in person. The photo shows the slight wave and off-square, which isn't noticeable in person (and until I saw the pict I took I didn't realize it was as crooked as it is . . . too late to worry about now).
 

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looks good tartan, yea the other day i was thinking about dropping my headliner and laying dynamat in the roof but instead i ran wires for my lights under my back seat lol. so how hard was it to drop your headliner?
 

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Since then, it's been tweed (with silver streaks) and will soon be a gray on gray with red lines tartan.
 
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