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It was a 3 weekend job, you just have to take your time, is not that difficult if you do it relaxed and thinking carefully before you take all the steps. I have spent 160 euros in this high quality nappa leather for the moment. I explained the process in this thread (pasted down here) and how it went on for me:
http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=177829

My mom, now retired, ran a company here specialised on furniture restoration and upholstery. She kinda helped me with most of the tricky parts.
I used some contact-superglue, if you expand it carefully it doesn´t create any lumps. This nappa leather is only 1mm thick and very malleable, as you may know, it is the same leather Bentley uses and the leather Hirsch used for the 9-3SS leather dash panel -I say "used" because now they downgraded to audi leather-. You only have to find a good quality big piece of nappa leather.

-For the dash panel: you need to sand all the borders a bit to keep the same sizes and shapes as before. It is very time consuming, but easy. The only tricky parts are the dash panel vents. You can´t get them out in the 9-5. You don´t want any cuts visible, so i had to carefully fold the leather like 1mm before the "leather borders". It worked quite well as all the air vents have a small "split" (do you understand this word?) that helps to improve the "finish" of the leather there (because of the air vents split, the folded leather makes smaller marks). For the rest, the leather ends behind, so no cuts visible.

-Center console: You don´t need for it as much time as for the dash panel. The only tricky part is the key module. You have to cut a hole just about the size of it and NOT more. The lower part of the key module will be covered by another bit of leather that ends just over the other (do you understand what i mean?). You do here the same thing than with the dash panel air vents: carefully fold the leather a bit in the limit, you leave like 2mm of excess of leather and fold it behind. For the rest, the leather will adapt to all the shapes; it is very very malleable.

-Dash top border: May not seem very difficult, but it is tough to get a great result here. BUT, it does compliment the rest so much! The dash top has a split all over the border that you use to "finish" with the leather there. So the leather will end in the split (folded behind). If you leave more leather to fold than needed it will result in ugly marks/scars (I still have to revise some parts). You basically leave like 1-2mm of excess of leather, and fold it. Finishing in the dash top split helps to make it look really good. Only after that, you stick the leather in the interior part (which is much easier: it will be covered by the dash panel and not be visible). It is always good to cover the rest of the dash top and steering wheel with some kind of paper/towel whatever...the glue will just fall everywhere....
I did this part in 2 pieces. The cuts are in the lower part and you don´t see them.

I would still like to upgrade the cheap plastics in the dash panel and the lower plastic that you see when you open every door (I mean the lower plastic that just borders the floor carpet). Any advice is welcome on anything. I will make daylight pics soon.
Let me know if you don´t understand some of the process described, my english is not the best.... :confused:
 

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Hi,

I've just changed out my interior, from a grey to the biege ones
that I salvaged from a Aero.

Changed the seats, door cards, parcel shelf, B pillar, carpets, the whole works, except for the dash.

Will take some pictures of finished work sometime soon.

There are 4-5 panels that are attached to the dash. I didn't like the
idea of having to remove the dash and changing it too ( I have the Aero
dash as well).

Is it possible to change out these panels without having to remove the dash ?

If I want to attempt a "leather stick over" like you did on these panels,
what's the best way to do it ? Any pictures of you and your mum do the
actual work ?

Glue - did you have to spread it all over the leather ? Some pictures of
work in progress will be very helpful.

Thanks.
 

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Hi,

I've just changed out my interior, from a grey to the biege ones
that I salvaged from a Aero.

Changed the seats, door cards, parcel shelf, B pillar, carpets, the whole works, except for the dash.

Will take some pictures of finished work sometime soon.

There are 4-5 panels that are attached to the dash. I didn't like the
idea of having to remove the dash and changing it too ( I have the Aero
dash as well).

Is it possible to change out these panels without having to remove the dash ?

If I want to attempt a "leather stick over" like you did on these panels,
what's the best way to do it ? Any pictures of you and your mum do the
actual work ?

Glue - did you have to spread it all over the leather ? Some pictures of
work in progress will be very helpful.

Thanks.
Ups sorry , i hadn´t seen your post before. ;oops:;oops:

It is possible to remove the lower dashboard pieces without having to remove the dash top. You can also of course remove the dash panel. I had the aero dash panel too, but now after i see the leather everytime i´m inside the car, the carbon and alu look plasticky and much cheaper compared to it...

I didn´t take pics during the process because i thought none would be insterested in doing this. ;oops:

You have to spread the glue at both parts: over the leather and over the dash panel. But first of all you have to sand the borders 1mm (just keep in mind that´s the leather thickness). After that you do the speedometer piece of leather -if you know which one i mean-. You will leave the cut of this piece of leather at the top of this part -you and none will ever see it while seated inside the car.
You can also leave it in plastic, but c´mon, it will look much better all in leather (when i´m driving at night i see the speedo and gauge lights reflect the leather and it looks so good...).

And then you do the rest of the dash panel. The best way is to first stick the leather and then cut it all around. You have to wait like 2 minutes after you use the glue to stick it. Keep in mind you´re using contact superglue, and that´s the way it works.

Only the vents are difficult unless you cut the leather around there, but it won´t look as good that way. You have to fold the leather there...
By the way, I finished the dash panel leather part over the speedo/gauges leather part, folded over. You can see that in the pics. Folding the leather there is not as difficult as folding it around the vents.
Now, if I would have to do it again though, I think i would do it even better. Good luck, and don´t doubt about asking again any issue you may have doing the process.
 
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