REPLACE HEADREST COVERS AT HOME
Removing and installing headrest covers seems simple enough, until you get into the project. We had a low-mileage Nova with a very nice interior, but one of the headrest covers was brittle and cracked. One of our biggest fears with replacement upholstery was getting a perfect color match. As it turns out, the headrest covers from
PUI Interiors are right on when it comes color. Equally important, the fit was good too.
Stripping the headrest is relatively easy. Two screws at the base have to come out, then you are be faced with a number
2 of little staples that hold it all together tightly. Truth? They’re evil. Removing the staples usually translates into pain and bleeding. The solution? Cut off the old cover. It’s the easiest way to strip it—and least painful too!
Next you slip the new headrest cover into place. We were a bit concerned about this part of the install, as we had heard all sorts of horror stories. Some guys wrap the foam with kitchen plastic wrap, which supposedly makes it easier to pull the vinyl over the foam. Luckily our install didn’t need any help. It could be because the original headrest foam was in perfect shape aside from the split in the vinyl. With a bit of tugging, stretching, and shoving, the headrest cover slid over the foam neatly. By the way, this all goes better if the vinyl headrest cover is warm.
Once the headrest cover is slipped over the foam, stretch it tightly and staple in place with a staple gun. It’s not that difficult to get it stretched cleanly, especially if the cover is warm.
. . . this view of the headrest without the trim piece. Note the little staples. They are a pain to remove. Just cut the old material away and don’t bother with the original staples.
To gain access, two screws are removed from the base of the headrest. The plastic base slides down the shaft and you’re met with . . .
Here’s the finished job. It came out great and really didn’t take much time. Additionally, the color match of the PUI material was perfect.
This is common on many muscle cars with original interiors. The headrest split because the vinyl upholstery became brittle.
Once the material is stapled, you can reinstall the plastic trim piece.