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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-31-2017, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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VHT Vinyl Dye Headliner and A Pillars

I pretty much love everything about the Cherokee except the tan headliner and A pillars and the silver and chrome on the interior. I will be vinyl wrapping the hard plastic silver pieces with carbon fiber pattern vinyl but what about that headliner and those A pillars?

I didn't see anyone taking out the headliner or the A pillars and painting them with Vinyl dye yet but I want to make them black. So here are my questions:

Does anyone have any experience with VHT vinyl dye?
How hard is it to remove the A Pillars?
How hard is it to remove the headliner?
Are there any gotchas I need to consider as I attempt this project?

http://www.vhtpaint.com/specialty/vht-vinyl-dye is the product I plan on using. Black Satin to be specific. I cant stand the two tone of the interior with the giant sun roof I have.

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I used it on the interior of my STi years ago. Overall it has held up well on the plastics but some of the places around the seat belts have needed touch up from time to time over the years. The headliner on the other I would not recommend it. It made the fabric stiff and if you touch it you can definitely tell something is different. It also is much harder to clean and being black it shows dirt much faster. For the headliner I would recommend having a reputable upholstery shop redo the headliner in whatever fabric you want.
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I believe that there may be air bags inside of the A pillars. Scared the crap out of me when I was changing speakers in my Nitro!

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The a pillars are very easy to remove, but word of caution. There are airbags behind them. The headliner is a different story and requires quite a fit of disassembly to get down.


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You were not kidding about the headliner.

All pillars have to be removed lots of power connections up there as well. If anyone else is attempting this go slow. Most of the headliner is held in with Velcro except at the front and back center there are plastic clips. Obviously all the lights, oh **** bars, and sun visors come down as well. If anyone wants pictures I can upload. Otherwise on with the second part of the project! Time to make it Black!

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You were not kidding about the headliner.

All pillars have to be removed lots of power connections up there as well. If anyone else is attempting this go slow. Most of the headliner is held in with Velcro except at the front and back center there are plastic clips. Obviously all the lights, oh **** bars, and sun visors come down as well. If anyone wants pictures I can upload. Otherwise on with the second part of the project! Time to make it Black!


Mines been apart a few times. After the 5th time or so, things start to not go back on. I've got an a pillar mount just BARELY hanging on.


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So its all done. I love the look! However I know for a fact that the vinyl paint is not going to last on the oh **** handles and the sun visors.

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO here is the good news

We use the same sun visors as the 2012-2016 Dodge Dart.

I believe the oh **** handle is also from the Dart. I am still trying to confirm this.
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Sounds like an interesting change...
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I will make sure to get some taken probably not today because its overcast and raining today. I was hoping to paint my Breaks today but the MN weather said no you did enough yesterday.

I am super happy with the result. Not bad for my first time modding a interior.
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Funny you should bring this topic up Vampire. I too do not care for the light headliner/a pillars. Back in '79 I bought a new BMW 320i and ended up spray painting the A pillars & headliner. It was a major PIA and messy and stunk. But it did look good!

Skip ahead to my TH... I thought about doing it again. Then I had a double scotch and decided to just live with it. Besides the big a$$ liner that retracts for the Pano roof would be an SOB to do.
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