Tonight didn't neccasarily go as I planned although I did get a chance to pick up the RIT dye from JoAnne's. It was on sale at $1.60 a box. So I bought 4 boxes. I also had a chance to run over to where I picked up the fabric and put in another order for 3 more yards of fabric in order to do the headliner.
Part 2 B Pillar Removal And Recovering
You'll need the same from part 1 with the addition of the following.
- 10mm socket
- Needle Nose plyers
- 14mm wrench/ socket
For this part I would suggest disconnecting the negative terminal on your battery as you'll be working alongside the SRS system. If you need a picture of this you shouldn't be attempting this. Just disconnect it. Step on the brakes a few times to make sure any remaining electricity is removed from the system and you can get to work.
Start at the front of the car. Open up the door and look for the lower trim that follows the door/ carpet edge.
Remove the front trim, followed by the trim that runs down toward the b-pillar. Just a simple pull with your hand will get it out. No need for tools here.
However, you'll more then likely need to go back with your needlenose to retrieve the clips that pulled out of the trim and remained in the car. If your careful you'll be able to save these. If not you'll be buying new ones. There not expensive. But its another expense you can save by being careful.
Once the fronts removed move to the back.
Remove the door receptacle plug and pull that trim up
At this point the lower b-pillar trim should be relatively free, you can seperate it somewhat but don't pull to far. You still have 1 bolt to remove.
Remove the Airbag plug at the top of the a-pillar. I pushed it out from the back as to not damage the edges and keep the taps in tact so that it could be reinstalled. Theres a 10mm bolt behind this. When you take this out, the pillar will be free. But don't pull just yet.
Get your 14mm socket/wrench and begin to remove the lower Seatbelt mounting location.
Make sure to remove the seatbelt harness that connects to the airbag system just below the carpet 6 inches behind where the lower mount is.
You should now be free!
Push this through the B-pillar trim and you'll be able to remove it.
I'm going to be dying the mechanism that holds the seatbelt as well as the airbag plug. But I'm not going to do this until I receive the rest of my fabric. So this is all going to have to come back out.
Wrap, pull, spray, tighten. Do what you can to get all the wrinkles out.
And your finished for now.
Reinstall everything the opposite as you uninstalled.
I did the other side at this point and stopped. In order to get the headliner out, all this has to come back out. So I'm not going to bother removing the rest of the interior until the fabric comes in 10-14 days.
At this point I'll also be attempting to dye the rest of the plastic interior panels. Oh shit handles, Dome light, Sunroof/maplight controls, as well as the seat belt adjusters, and the sunroof trim.