Hi all, just wanted to start a thread to document my interior refresh plans. I restored the interior of a previous car of mine (1991 Mitsubishi Montero / Pajero) and it came out well enough. I'm pretty handy with a sewing machine and heavy fabrics. Right now I have a 1995 RRC LWB with Sorrell Tan leather. It is the soft dash version, so I need to be careful! Here's my old Montero
Here's what I'm thinking about doing:
- reupholster rear seats in new rich grain leather, or some sort of VERY rugged, nice looking material
- replace front seats with aftermarket seats (such as Recaro Ergomed) http://www.recaro-automotive.com/us/product-areas-us/aftermarket-seats/product/ergomed-es.html
- use 3M Di-Noc to wrap all interior plastic & some vinyl pieces (wont be going carbon fiber style or anything ;-) parts off the top of my head would be the dome light surround, handle surrounds, gauge cluster and center stereo plastic surrounds, possibly seat back plastics, glove box door and door under the steering wheel, etc)
- I've got a (built for factory) Little Passengers 3rd row rear seat which is slightly off in color. I'm thinking about either reupholstering and fitting that OR getting another factory 2nd row seat and putting that in the back. (This would entail moving the 2nd row forward and and relocating the rear spare tire and subwoofer, which is fine by me)
- fitting nicer interior lighting - like LEDs or something, replacing yellowed dome lenses
- fitting a completely new sound system using existing speaker locations, maybe a small amp and new sub
- fitting custom iPad Mini holders into the rear of the headrests (I have 2 kids and these are invaluable on long trips)
- reupholstering headliner (mine had just been redone rather shoddily when I bought it. Bodge job if you ask me.)
- reupholstering the sun visors and fitting a larger, lighted set of mirrors
- remove spare tire and sub box and create new upholstered trim panel for exposed areas
- find some really nice carpet and use existing to create new carpet, maybe with some extra padding. If I re-do the carpet I'll likely redesign it a bit so that it's carpeted when the seats are tumbled and make it a little more comfy, and make a really robust flexible connection where the carpet meets the tailgate.
- I'll either Di-Noc or glue-upholster the door cards and use new fabric to replace that 70's fabric insert. I will keep all the existing wood trim except the center console because mine is cracked. That will either get Di-Noc'd or padded and glue-reupholstered.
As far as color schemes, the interior is tan and I like it a lot, but I've always been partial to black on black, or black on tan. I also really like the rich kind of dark burnt orange color, so that's an option too. It's easier to reuse at least some of the existing color, because some trim parts can only really be painted, and I'd like to avoid that. Also I wouldn't want to reupholster a brand new $2,000 Recaro seat, and they're only available in a few different colors.
The 3rd row seat is another big decision. I've had a look and it would be possible to move the existing 2nd row forward to create more room in the back (the LWB has 8" extra legroom to play with), but it's a hell of a lot easier to reupholster the Little Passenger seat I have and stick it in the back and call it a day.
I'll be probably focusing on doing the trim Di-Noc first, and then start researching textiles and thinking about what kind of colors I want to go for. I'll update as it unfolds!