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    Fuzzy Interior Pillar Trim Fix

    I recently purchased a 4.6HSE off of eBay - sight unseen. I know, buying a 13yr old RR sight unseen is a bad idea. Well the seller told me the truck had a new headliner in it, but what he did not tell me is that when they replaced the headliner they ignored the pillar trim. It was dirty, fuzzy and flaking off in places and looked horrible up against the new headliner.
    I took the truck to an upholstery shop and they told me they could wrap them in leather or cloth. I choose a black cloth to contrast against the gray headliner. I figured the cloth would give the truck a warmer feel, not to mention it was half the cost (about $125 total)
    I removed the trim myself and washed off the fuzz before taking it in. Removing the pieces from the truck was pretty easy, but removing the fuzz was not. It took about 15-20min per piece to clean them up. I first scraped them with a knife to remove the big chunks, then soaked them in warm water and scrubbed with an SOS pad to remove the rest.
    Below are some before during and after photos of the process.
    I went ahead and had all 8 pillar pieces covered even though Land Rover only put the fuzz on the 6 pieces towards the front of the vehicle.
    I am happy with the results.
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    Re: Fuzzy Interior Pillar Trim Fix

    Great fix, they look much better now. Do you have any more shots of the cloth covered pillars?

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    Re: Fuzzy Interior Pillar Trim Fix

    Nice!! I'm considering doing my headliner and pillars black or dark grey alcantara.
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    Re: Fuzzy Interior Pillar Trim Fix

    I agree, it's a bugger of a job to remove the fuzz.

    I left mine as uncovered bare plastic and it's not noticeable.
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    Re: Fuzzy Interior Pillar Trim Fix

    Looks awesome! What did you put back on them?
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    Re: Fuzzy Interior Pillar Trim Fix

    Very nice.

    I chose a different option, I stripped off all of the mouse fur, cleaned the plastic, laid down some plastic primer then a few coats of matte black paint. Cost was about $5 for plastic primer, had the paint laying around already. I did it on a hot day and the mouse fur and glue came off easily with a plastic putty knife. Then soaked with bug and tar (basically kerosene) and wiped the rest. Rinsed with Simple Green/water solution before primer.

    Looks sooo much better, and you can wipe it clean if it gets smudged or dirty.
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    Re: Fuzzy Interior Pillar Trim Fix

    Thank you for the replies.
    I also wanted to mention something to anyone else who has this problem. Like p38arover said, once I had the fuzz off of the pillars they did actually look pretty good. I could have just reinstalled them, saved a few bucks and been fine. I do think the cloth looks more luxurious than the bare non-textured plastic.
    One of my next weekend projects for the truck is to fix interior rattles and add sound deadening material to quiet the ride some. I thought the cloth on the pillars would help to reduce any plastic on plastic rattling in the cabin.
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    Re: Fuzzy Interior Pillar Trim Fix

    Quote Originally Posted by chadsuv
    I do think the cloth looks more luxurious than the bare non-textured plastic.
    Absolutely!

    BTW, I stripped mine when I had the roof lining out for recovering.
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    Re: Fuzzy Interior Pillar Trim Fix

    An eraser wheel on a slow-speed drill works wonders on that fuzzy stuff, and so does a wire wheel, although I do not know that I would recommend it. I did my pillars myself and used a wire wheel and they came out just fine. I did my pillars black, but when I had the windows blacked out, they make it too dark inside the truck, so I plan on switching them back to white.
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    Re: Fuzzy Interior Pillar Trim Fix

    Quote Originally Posted by NikeCheck246
    An eraser wheel on a slow-speed drill works wonders on that fuzzy stuff, and so does a wire wheel, although I do not know that I would recommend it. I did my pillars myself and used a wire wheel and they came out just fine. I did my pillars black, but when I had the windows blacked out, they make it too dark inside the truck, so I plan on switching them back to white.
    Interesting, what colour is your interior??
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    Re: Fuzzy Interior Pillar Trim Fix

    looks good. i've often wondered how it would look with the light pillars but a dark headliner.
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    Re: Fuzzy Interior Pillar Trim Fix

    i scraped off the majority of the 'fur' using a plastic spatula , then a piece of kitchen paper sprayed with 'Goo off'.
    took the from pillar pieces off but then i just took the 'fur' off with the remaining pieces in place. worked just as well.
    I also left mine bare. they look just fine

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    Re: Fuzzy Interior Pillar Trim Fix

    Looking good!

    Dutch, here's a photo I found floating around the net (possibly on this site) of one with a dark headliner sans the white pillar trim.

    My pillars need fixing up as well but I can't decide if I'd like to go with the dark colour or retain the light trim because the Gargantuan's interior colour scheme is white and green. Does anyone here have a white/light coloured interior with dark pillar and headliner trim?
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    Re: Fuzzy Interior Pillar Trim Fix

    my interior is saddle/brown/tan...whatever color/colour it is...
    Jeremy
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    Re: Fuzzy Interior Pillar Trim Fix

    They look good - I am told that soaking the pillar trims in kerosene does the trick easily - although I have never tried it.

    Weren't the later year model pillar trims made of a more durable 'fabric'?

    Regards

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