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Aftermarket headliner change

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Electricdude, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. Electricdude

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    About two months ago, I excitedly built my model S through the website, somehow missing that grey seats and cream white headliner don't mix. I badly wanted to completely change the interior, tan seats, wood decor, black headliner on a titanium metallic body.

    Unfortunately, I wasn't able to :(. So now I'm stuck with the question if an aftermarket white to black headliner change is possible, and if so, where/how?
     
  2. pgiralt

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    I'm betting that for the right amount Tesla will change it for you, but it probably won't be cheap. Have you asked?
     
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    I would wait until you get your car. The black headliner makes the cabin feel small. The white makes it feel open and more roomy.
     
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    If you haven't taken delivery then refuse and reorder.
     
  5. JeffS

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    Gimme about another month. Having my seats custom upholstered and exploring headliner too. It seems to be a remarkably easy headliner to remove. And putting on new material is also very elementary.

    I am sifting through a variety of cream or light grey leathers. And am working with a designer that wants to put 2 chrome bows on the interior ceiling to add a bit of pretty. Headliner will be stitched opposite the seats. My guess is the headliner will be $500 in addition to the seats. Just a guess though.
     
  6. Electricdude

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    Great way to ruin the Tesla salespersons day :tongue:. That would make the wait even longer too.

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    On my dashboard it says in production queue, which means not yet being built, but my delivery specialist tells me the factory can't do it because it's already "entered production". If it's possible to change it after I get it with a high quality finish, I'd be completely happy with that.

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    I wish I was as optimistic as you. It's possible it'll add to the car, but from the pictures it really doesn't seem to match. I really just didn't do much to my interior, and now I'm paying the price.

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    That sounds really cool, working with a designer. That's what I'm hoping to do if I don't like my interior. The bows would look great, what color is your car?
     
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    Grey car.
     
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    That sounds really cool, working with a designer. That's what I'm hoping to do if I don't like my interior. The bows would look great, what color is your car?[/QUOTE]

    On my dashboard it says in production queue, which means not yet being built, but my delivery specialist tells me the factory can't do it because it's already "entered production". If it's possible to change it after I get it with a high quality finish, I'd be completely happy with that.
     
  9. JeffS

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    It's a lot more cost effective than I imagined. Don't sweat it too much. I agree black Alcantara closes in the interior. I don't have Pano, so that really amplifies the coffin look for my car. I am planning a budget of about $3,000, and we are past seats, almost done with headliner and starting to talk about door panel inserts to pull it all together. Pretty pumped.
     
  10. Electricdude

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    Wait, you can change the color/material of the seats too? If that's the case, I"d be thrilled!
     
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    Having them redone custom. I have a 2014...textile.
     
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    Not through Tesla. Has nothing to do with Tesla or a new car build.
     
  13. Tampaukfan

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    You are better off to eat the deposit and place a new order. Changing the headliner may require removing the windshield, which means buying a new windshield.
    By the time you factor the cost of the headliner and labor $2500 will be a drop in the bucket.
    You are not going to get a factory job for $500... Id run from a shop if thats what they qouted my on a Tesla.
    Chances of rattles, poor fit etc... are high even with a quality job.
     
  14. JeffS

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    To each their own I guess. Everything you wrote appears false...says the one guy in the process. But who knows...until I say 'go' it is all hypothetical anyway. Run if you will. To me...that seems as dumb as you apparently think I am for working with a high end custom shop. To each their own.
     
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    Design says that a ceiling (headliner) color matching the walls (sides) will make the space feel more "open". In other words, open up the space.

    So current interior design theory is wrong?
     
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    Hasn't been my experience, especially with the glass roof.
     
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    The thing that bothers me is that I don't believe the car is on the production line yet as the dashboard says in queue, but they tell me they can't accommodate changes due to it currently being made.
     
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    It's sucks to eat the deposit but in the long run you will be happy. Aftermarket work will never match the fit and finish of a factory job.

    The gray seats with black headliner looks amazing , great contrast.
     
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    Umm... Interior design theory that I've seen always says that light colours make a space feel more open, and dark colours make it feel less so. I don't know anyone who would advocate for an all black room as feeling "open" because it matches...

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    Where on earth do you get the idea that replacing a headliner would require a new windshield?????

    I'm not arguing that the amount of work for a good job will be cheap, but really, a windshield? let's stick to more reasonable expectations here.
     
  20. Tampaukfan

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    You obviously have never done a headliner before. In order to get the old headliner out without folding and damaging it requires the windshield to be removed on lots of cars. Ask any upholstery or custom auto shop. On some cars it can out the back hatch if the opening is large enough.

    The light color headliner does not match the gray seats . So sure, a light color headliner may make the car feel open to some but if it doesn't match the rest of the interior then that doesn't matter .
     

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