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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Thu, May-18-2017, 04:00:24 PM   #11
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I'm personally not a fan of alcantara or suede headliners/pillars on an e36. The felt weather seals on the moonroof, windows, and door jams never blends well with them IMO. I'm a proponent of sticking with OEM fabric material or the closest match possible.
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For my Byzanz, I went to JoAnn fabrics for $30 of headliner in black (54" x 72") will easily do it. Then 2 cans of 3M headliner adhesive at $20 each. It can take all day start to finish but $70 is more reasonable. You'll prefer to spend $450 in a dozen other places than the headliner since this car has been owned by you for less than a year. A year from now, your vision may be different.
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I'm personally not a fan of alcantara or suede headliners/pillars on an e36. The felt weather seals on the moonroof, windows, and door jams never blends well with them IMO. I'm a proponent of sticking with OEM fabric material or the closest match possible.
I agree 100%.

I took my removed headliner + Sunroof panel to an upholstery shop and had it covered professionally for less than $200. I think the majority of the labor is removing the headliner itself.

The dude at the upholstery shop said the most common mistake is to use the wrong glue. The car gets hot, and gravity is going against you, which leads to sagging for a lot of DIYers.
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Without creating a new thread, does anyone have any links to material that is similar in appearance to the stock headliner? I've used the ebay "Suede look" material before on a non M but I think I want the factory look this time around.

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I agree 100%.

I took my removed headliner + Sunroof panel to an upholstery shop and had it covered professionally for less than $200. I think the majority of the labor is removing the headliner itself.

The dude at the upholstery shop said the most common mistake is to use the wrong glue. The car gets hot, and gravity is going against you, which leads to sagging for a lot of DIYers.
BMW has sucessfully pulled off felt door seals and Alcantara headlining for quite sometime. The sunroof seal I'll give you (I have a slicktop panel so not an issue). I disagree completely if it is done right. Get yourself an E39 M5 and you'll want nothing less from an interior.
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Without creating a new thread, does anyone have any links to material that is similar in appearance to the stock headliner? I've used the ebay "Suede look" material before on a non M but I think I want the factory look this time around.

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Google Veteran Co in Los Angeles. They have OE. Not cheap, but exactly the stuff.

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Google Veteran Co in Los Angeles. They have OE. Not cheap, but exactly the stuff.

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Which cloth is it that matches the E36 headlining? I actually need some for a car I'm working on. This info is much appreciated. Their site is awful lol.

http://www.veteranco.com/productindex.html
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Old Fri, May-19-2017, 12:32:43 AM   #18
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Which cloth is it that matches the E36 headlining? I actually need some for a car I'm working on. This info is much appreciated. Their site is awful lol.

http://www.veteranco.com/productindex.html
It's brutal. I called and the guy knew exactly the stuff right when I said e36m3. Black is BM134. $42/yard about 4 years ago.

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Old Fri, May-19-2017, 01:21:28 AM   #19
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Ha, he's about to get a few orders. This is my next project and I want to get the color right. Thx crqflier! I'm assuming 2 yards will cover the headliner.
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Ha, he's about to get a few orders. This is my next project and I want to get the color right. Thx crqflier! I'm assuming 2 yards will cover the headliner.
I ordered 3 yards but have plenty left.

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