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Old 05-22-2018, 08:37 PM   #1
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Default Interior Refreshening Project

I am new here and new to the Volvo community and though I see a lot of overall vehicle restoration projects I do not see a lot of sub component restoration threads, so I will document the interior refreshing of my 1991 240.

My plan calls for:

- Removing the carpets, cleaning them and re-dying them.
- Replacing the broken down seat foam on the driver's seat.
- Recovering the front and back seats in leather from Lseat.com
- Recover the rear parcel shelf with matching leather to the seats.
- Replace my tired door panels.
- Replace all the interior plastic trim pieces.
- Re-color the plastic trim pieces to match the leather and door panels.
- Give the headliner a good cleaning using a magic eraser.
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Old 05-22-2018, 08:38 PM   #2
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The first order of business was removing the carpets and giving them a good cleaning at my local car wash. They are now hanging out to dry before re-dying them.
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Old 05-22-2018, 08:45 PM   #3
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I settled on SEM Color Coat 15173 in Camel for my interior color. This couldn't be a more perfect color match for the Lseat.com S0013 Beige leather upholstery kit. It is also a very close match to the OEM brown of the door panels. Others may like a lighter tan, but I like the darker hue in the dark blue car.

The first picture is of a piece of interior trim sprayed with the SEM Camel against the leather swatch of the upholstery kit. The second pic is how the SEM Camel compares to the OEM trim piece.
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Old 05-22-2018, 08:51 PM   #4
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I initially had some custom colors mixed for my trim pieces, but as the parts dried they dried a lighter color and didn't match the door panel vinyl so well and the color had a bit of a greenish tint to it. The SEM Camel is a true brown and again, matches the door panels extremely well.
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Old 05-23-2018, 08:52 AM   #6
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Cool... I'll be watching this thread. I'm going to do a blue to black interior switcheroo between my two wagons. The rear black carpet, spare tire cover, etc is faded so I'll be curious to see your dying process.

It was an amazing difference when I removed and washed the seat covers on one of my previous 240s.
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Old 05-23-2018, 09:55 AM   #7
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- Give the headliner a good cleaning using a magic eraser.
This works, however, doing it installed sucks because, due to the texture of the vinyl, the erasers fall apart. Does a pretty good job though
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Old 05-23-2018, 11:16 AM   #8
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FWIW you can shove the carpets in one of those oversize washing machines at your local laundromat. Try not to gag as the water turns different shades of black.
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Old 05-23-2018, 12:38 PM   #9
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Awesome job, love seeing this kind of stuff!
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Old 05-23-2018, 01:17 PM   #10
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Good to know on the Magic Eraser falling apart. I will make sure to clean the headliner BEFORE I put the carpet and seats back in to make clean up that much easier.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:45 PM   #11
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The SEM Camel matched the OEM color of the door panels very closely. I painted the interior trim pieces and I am pretty happy with how things turned out. If I were to do it again I would be interested in trying SEM's Palomino which is a bit lighter, but I am not sure I want to continue to mess with things.

I feel I may be too picky. I looked at the interior of my other car that is blue and the carpet, seat fabric, seat vinyl, and plastic interior trim pieces are all a different shade of blue.

I don't want to try going lighter and then have everything be much lighter than the leather that is on its way.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:00 PM   #12
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The carpets are a whole different animal. Using the same SEM Camel the carpet took the color differently than the plastic pieces and turned out a much darker more bronze kinda color. I think it will go nicely with the leather that will be a darker color than the original cloth interior. My wife says she compares the color to a woman that has used too much fake tanning spray "Magda in Something About Mary comes to mind". "IF" I were to do this again, and I may of I find a good used carpet, I feel I wild use Camel on the plastic parts, but go with the lighter SEM Palomino for the carpets. I bet this would be a closer match to the lighter original color.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:02 PM   #13
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I still have the headrests, rear passengers D pillar trim, arm rests and some seat trim left to re-color. The carpets took 2 cans and a 3rd for the plastic pieces.
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Old 05-24-2018, 09:09 PM   #14
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Nice job. Can't wait to see everything back in the car.
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Old 05-24-2018, 10:03 PM   #15
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I heard back from the leather upholstery company and the covers aren't projected to ship until 07 June.
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Old 05-25-2018, 08:39 PM   #16
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SEM Shadow Blue is a perfect match for the Volvo blue carpets. washed, dried, vacuumed and re-dyed the ones out of my 1990 240.
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Old 05-26-2018, 12:30 AM   #17
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Good stuff.

I like that you’re showing comparisons and giving color info.

Looking forward to the next installment!
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Old 05-26-2018, 08:02 AM   #18
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A trip to the pick and pull yesterday resulted in finding a very pristine, not picked over, 1992 240. Needless to say I grabbed a bunch of parts. Two of these were the rear side trim panels. Surprisingly they are not all brittle like others I have come across.

A note on these, they can be had new from Volvo as I just ordered a set before finding these in the salvage yard.

Panel, Left 3131788-3, Tasca Volvo on-line price $69.24, local Volvo dealer price $126.22
Panel, Right 1294673-7, Tasca Volvo on-line price $76.57, local Volvo dealer price $139.58

The ones I picked were black, but that is fine as I painted them so everything matches. They are now SEM Camel and curing in the sun.

Not being a body person this is my "painting" procedure. For the parts that will fit I run them through the dishwasher. I then wash them again by hand using dawn dish soap as that seems to be a good grease cutter. I have a stiff brush to get in all the trim "grain". After washing I let them dry thoroughly. I then put on nitrile gloves and wipe them down with rubbing alcohol. I like alcohol to remove any final traces of grease and it seems to evaporate quickly. Then multiple light coats with the recommended drying time between coats.
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The door panel handle trim pieces were another grab. These I have found are normally all cracked or the "knob" has started to deteriorate, but not these. Originally black now Camel and curing in the sun.

These too can be had new from the dealership and the prices vary GREATLY.

Guide Casing, Left, 680662, $14.28. This is in black. The tan is a lot more expensive.
Guide Casing, Right, 1246127, $3.19. This is in blue

The color doesn't matter to me where I am painting everything, so I went with the least expensive.
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Old 05-26-2018, 08:30 AM   #20
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Cool, I didn't have a clue that something like this can be done to make it all look nice and new again. Curious to see the end result
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Old 05-26-2018, 02:17 PM   #21
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For the carpet re-dying, are you painting the carpets using the SEM spray cans, or some other product? Any special prep other than thorough washing, drying, and vacuuming?
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Old 05-26-2018, 06:00 PM   #22
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I am using the SEM spray cans. Their color coat line. I have used it before on vinyl door panels, hard plastic and carpets and have been very happy with the result.

I colored two of the four headrests today. The two I did were black and I have some observations. The headrests seem to be very porous and soaked up a lot of paint. I mean a whole can just on these two. It probably didn't help that they were originally black as well. On the next two I am going to try and shoot them with a white base coat first and see if that help with better coverage.

I am really looking forward to the leather upholstery arriving and seeing this all back together.
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:05 PM   #23
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Great stuff in this thread! Keep up the good work!
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Old 06-05-2018, 09:36 PM   #24
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A few more pieces painted. This time I am changing the color of some of the black pieces to match the other tan pieces. I will color the bottom half of the glove box, but leave the top part and dash black. My leather seat covers shipped today.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:14 PM   #25
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The front leather seat upholstery arrive today and I am very happy with how heavy and durable they feel. The color matches the interior very closely. The only difference is that the seat covers from Lseat.com only have three center panels where the OEM upholstery has four and they do not have the "buttons" like the original leather. Not a concern of mine. The covers as they arrived vacuumed packed weighed a hefty 10 pounds. These are a lot more heavy duty than the vinyl covers I bought off eBay.

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showth...01#post5808801
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