Welcome to DSMtuners - the largest Mitsubishi Eclipse, Eagle Talon, 4G63t and 420A DSM performance resource on the web


Go Back   DSMtuners > DSM Forums > General > Tech Article Archives > Articles: Exterior/Interior
Welcome to DSMtuners - the largest Mitsubishi Eclipse, Eagle Talon, 4G63t and 420A DSM performance resource
You are browsing the site as a GUEST. Please login (or register) and gain the ability to post on our site and interact with other DSMers. You also get to browse the site with fewer advertisements. It is FREE to join!

LinkBack   Thread Tools
Old 12-06-2007, 08:41 PM Show Printable Version Show Printable Version   Email this Post to a Friend Email this Post      #1 (permalink)
Proven Member

coldshard's Avatar
Registered: Feb 2004
Tech Posts: 17
Classifieds Rating: 0
Reputation: coldshard is pretty helpful and trustworthy
Send a message via Yahoo to coldshard
Thumbs up

How to Re-cover your sunvisors

OK, so you just finished replacing your headliner. You go to put your sunvisors back on and realize that they are faded and dingy and look like crap next to your new headliner. Now what? In this tech article (my first) i will explain how to recover those dingy sunvisors using the same material you used for your headliner. That way it all matches and everyone will ooohhhh and ahhhh.

(Sorry in advance for the pic quality, my camera decided to break on me right when I started this project so I had to use my phone.)

Materials needed:

1 can headliner spray glue
left over headliner fabric (about 1/2 yard)
1 bottle permanent fabric tack
12 large binding clips
1 adjustable razorknife
large piece of scrap cardboard
2 dingy sunvisors
about 2 1/2 hours and a six pack of beer

Ok down to it. First off since you just replaced your headliner your sunvisors should already be removed. If not, remove the two screws on the outside of each sunvisor bracket and keep them in a safe place.

Lower the sunvisor assembly out of the headliner holes. You'll see why I call it an assembly in a second.

With the sunvisors removed, find a clean place to work that you can throw away afterwards, a clean piece of cardboard at least twice the size of the sunvisors works great. Note: Do not use newspaper or anything that can rip easily, you are going to be using spray glue, it gets everywhere and paper will stick to the edges of your project ruining all your hard work.

Now grab your trusty razorknife and slice along the seam in the sunvisor all the way around.
Click image for larger version

Name:	!cid_910.jpg
Views:	3832
Size:	41.8 KB
ID:	78281

The sunvisor should open like a book.
Click image for larger version

Name:	!cid_781.jpg
Views:	3823
Size:	69.7 KB
ID:	78280

Pull out the plastic sheet and the paper donut and discard. (You don't really need them, they are part of the factory's fabric bonding.)

Carefully release the six tabs holding the mirror to the sunvisor frame, being careful not to rip the cardboard. (It's also glued down but time has destroyed most of the bond) You need to reuse the cardboard unless you are going to cut a new one yourself. I did not opt to cut a new one so i will not be explaining how to cut a cardboard template here. Its pretty self explanitory anyway. (If you do, I'd suggest using a manilla file folder its about the same thickness.)

Once the mirror is removed, carefully remove the mirror cover from the two tabs its attached to. You'll be reusing this piece also. I know its not the same color as the new material, but you won't see it unless you are using your sunvisors. Anyway, I kinda like the contrast.
Click image for larger version

Name:	!cid_439.jpg
Views:	3777
Size:	62.6 KB
ID:	78278

With the fabric and cardboard removed from the frame start peeling the foam off the cardboard. Be sure to remove as much of the debris and crud from the cardboard as possible.

Now cut a piece of headliner material about four inches larger than the cardboard sunvisor frame.
Click image for larger version

Name:	!cid_236.jpg
Views:	3798
Size:	55.1 KB
ID:	78275

Spray both the material and the outside of the cardboard with spray adhesive following the directions on the can and press them together.

Let it dry for about 30-45 min before you proceed. Now take your razorknife and adjust the blade depth to cut through the foam and only the foam on the headliner material. If you are not using foam backed headliner skip the next step.

Carefully cut through the foam right next to the cardboard all the way around. Then using your fingers push down on the cardboard and pull the foam off the fabric.

With the foam removed all the way around cut the fabric around the cardboard about an inch from the edge. Now cut the fabric so you can fold it around the corners and holes.

Spray the edge of the cardboard and fabric and begin folding the fabric over the edge of the cardboard. When you come to a corner, the smaller the folds, the better it will look when you get done. Do the same for the hole.

Using your razorknife cut slits for the mirror tabs to go through. Slide the mirror cover back onto the tabs and carefully push the mirror through the slits in the cardboard and fabric.
Click image for larger version

Name:	!cid_348.jpg
Views:	3809
Size:	70.8 KB
ID:	78276

Position the mirror tabs behind the correct side of the plastic sunvisor frame and push into place.

Apply permanent fabric glue to the fabric about 1/8" from the edge and fold the sunvisor over till it is pressed together.
Click image for larger version

Name:	!cid_400.jpg
Views:	3782
Size:	59.3 KB
ID:	78277

Use the large binding clips to hold the edges together until the adhesive is dry, about an hour or two.
Click image for larger version

Name:	!cid_47.jpg
Views:	3800
Size:	55.6 KB
ID:	78274

Repeat the steps for the other sunvisor.

Now remove the clips and reinstall your brand new sunvisors. Don't they look good.
Click image for larger version

Name:	!cid_709.jpg
Views:	3781
Size:	48.6 KB
ID:	78279

Thanks for reading my first tech article. If you have anything to add or a better way of doing it please let me know. The how-to above was performed on a 1g.


Last edited by coldshard; 12-10-2007 at 11:52 AM.
Visit coldshard's homepage! 

mark post as helpful recommend reputation points    Reply With Quote


Thread Tools


» Recent DSM Photo
» Current Poll
How many times have you been to the Shootout?
1 - 39.86%
167 Votes
2-5 - 41.77%
175 Votes
6-10 - 10.50%
44 Votes
11-15 - 3.10%
13 Votes
16-20 - 4.77%
20 Votes
Total Votes: 419
You may not vote on this poll.
» Online Users: 366
87 members and 279 guests
Most users ever online was 1,704, 03-17-2008 at 09:11 PM.
DSMtuners Main Sections
DSM Forums
DSM Regional Forums
DSM Builds/Journals
DSM Articles
DSM Tech Guides
DSM Upgrade Paths
DSM Parts Reviews
DSM Vendor Reviews

DSM Classifieds
DSM Parts Guides
DSM Photos
DSM Videos
DSM Timeslips
DSM Dyno Sheets
Shirts & Apparel
DSMtuners Decals

Advertising Info
Our Sponsors
Site Rules
Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
Site FAQ
About Us
Contact Us

© 2014 DSMtuners.com - All Rights Reserved

DSMtuners is not affiliated with Diamond Star Motors. The Mitsubishi Eclipse, Eagle Talon, Plymouth Laser, Mitsubishi Galant VR-4, and associated logos are trademarks of Diamond Star Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, and Chrysler Corporation. No, we do not hand out car sponsorships.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:21 AM.

Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0