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post #41 of 83 Old 16th December 2013, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Headliner is complete

Here are pictures of the finished headliner.
We decided to do the C-pillar covers as well, as they weren't perfect and would've needed doing in the near future.
A complication of doing this was the plastic locating/securing tangs on these covers needed extending by plastic welding, as the originals were barely engaged in their mating slots.
We also replaced ten of the headliner clips around the sunroof opening (BMW part #51441938868) - some were broken while others looked like they would break soon.
Ideally, all 16 clips should be replaced but I only had 10 new ones on hand.
Original clips were cadmium plated (gold colour), while the new ones are zinc plated (silver).

Overall I'm very pleased with the final result, especially the fact that all the original headlining fabric (albeit with new closed-cell foam backing) remains in the car.
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BMWWGN,

1. Final result looks great. Congratulations.

2. As I am not familiar with the 850CSI I was wondering if he sunvisors were re-done or is that the original seam?

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Thanks slfan.

The sunvisors are original.

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Correction - just noticed an error in this statement, which I'll correct here.
For your reference:
All US-spec CSi's and later Euro-spec cars had the M-colour stripe on the shift lever (not the M-logo).
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Very pretty car. Congrats. I have a Silver B12 5.0 that I am totally going through - the only B12 5.0 made. We just redid the headliner - your pictures look familiar!!
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Your B12 is definitely worth the effort to restore.
Did you refurb or renew the headliner?

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Hi Mate

Just bought a 840ci here in Oz,my question how easy was it to remove the material from the pillar.My car has a broken C pillar ( the tabs are snapped off ) am looking at getting a new black colour C pillar and transferring the material from the broken one onto the new after remoing its covering.

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Seasons Greetings David!

I've learned a bit about these pillar covers from having my own set done, so I'll try and offer the best advice I can, based on this.

If the C-pillar cover is the original, the material should come off easily, as the foam backing will most likely be knackered.
Be sure to clean off all foam and adhesive residue from the fabric and the cover, then launder the fabric (cold wash, delicate cycle with a mild detergent, dry in the shade).
Actually I'd recommend doing both covers, in order to have them looking the same.

Get a plastic welder to repair any broken tab(s) and extend them slightly so they engage properly upon installation.
A new cover will give you the same short-tab issue I had, possibly leading to more broken tabs, and will probably cost you more than the weld repair on the old ones.

You can either fix new closed cell foam (1/16 inch recommended) to your fabric sections, or opt to re-trim both pillar covers with just the (laundered) fabric and no foam backing - depends on the look you want.
Also, depending on the colour and type of fabric you have and the weave, etc, adhesive bleed-thru is a concern here. Fortunately this was not evident at all with the tightly-woven backing on my CSi's charcoal-coloured velour fabric.
Use a good quality spray adhesive - ask a reputable trim shop what they recommend.
In fact, if you want a first class result, just give the trim shop the entire job!

Hope this helps.

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Great job Peter,

The headliner looks perfect. I can see that that 850 CSi is in good hands.
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