From Custom Auto Interiors, Don Taylor and Ron "The Stitcher" Mangus.

(1998 Fisher Books). Used by permission. New version has color photos.

(Note: This is an edited text version of Don and Ron's detailed book. Also, due to the low resolution of computer monitors the photos are much clearer in the book. Keep in mind this is an advanced book. Purchase book below)

Recovering old sunvisors has always been a problem for the trim shop. Trying to manipulate a big sunvisor through the sewing machine while binding an edge too thick to fit comfortably under the foot, has driven many trimmers to early coronaries. At Ron's shop they've come up with a superb method for sunvisors made before the early '60s.
How to upholster car sunvisors
The process begins by removing what's left of the old cover and tracing its outline on a piece of chipboard. George carefully removed the binding so the selvage edge could be included in the outline. Unseen in this photo are the two witness marks George made to indicate the location of the fold lines.
Make new visor with chipboard
Using the witness marks he made above, George draws a line representing the two edges where the original covers folded. With a razor blade (or any sharp object) he scores the top layer of the chipboard along this line. This allows him to fold along these two lines, leaving a crisp, well-defined edge.
Scored lines
You can see how well the chipboard folded along the scored lines. Now George carefully trims the edges straight and square.
Sunvisor mirror
From the local auto parts store, Ron bought a small mirror, designed to be double-taped to a sunvisor or other surface. You see this in the lower right-hand corner of the photo. This mirror will be installed into the sunvisor. George outlines it on the chipboard, then cuts away the part that would cover the glass. The plastic edges will remain covered.
Test visor mirror fit
He tests for fit and finds his cutout is just right. Notice that it's about 1/8 inch wider than the glass. When the fabric is applied, the wrapping around the edges will add just enough thickness to bring it even with the glass.
Visor chipboard
Using the chipboard as a pattern, George outlines the area of the mirror location within the original sunvisor base. He makes another outline, a cutting line, a little larger than necessary. This gives him a bit of room to adjust the mirror for a perfect alignment with the cutout in the chipboard.
Use saber saw
Although the saber saw is almost bigger than the sunvisor, George skillfully removes the area in which the mirror will sit.
Test fit
As usual, everything is test-fit before committing it to the finishing touches. Here, George has the mirror sitting in the sunvisor with the chipboard wrapped around it. So far, it looks good.
Pad sunvisor
The next step is to cover the chipboard with 1/4 inch closed-cell foam. To make allowance for the extra radius of the polyfoam around the double-folded center, George lays the chipboard cover over the edge of his bench- one side of the "wing" on the bench, the other at a 90-degree angle to it. He then wraps the cemented foam around the radius.
Wrap other side
He reverses the chipboard and wraps the other side.
Polyfoam covering
Finished, the polyfoam covering looks like this. Now, when it's wrapped over on itself, there won't be any excessive stretching at the fold.
Spray glue
Trimmed and ready to be covered.To cover the chipboard, George works as you've seen him before. He sands the polyfoam, and in this case bevels the outside edges. This removes bulk at this location. Cement is sprayed to both the material and polyfoam, the cement is allowed to dry, and the material applied. Finally, he wraps the material around the edges and cements it in place.
Wrap around visor frame
With the chipboard covered, George wraps it around the sunvisor frame. He installs the mirror in the cutout and begins cementing around all the exposed surfaces.
Close it up
This is the backside of the sunvisor. You see the back of the mirror with the cement sprayed over both the sunvisor frame and the sunvisor cover. Now George will close it up
Sew seam around edge
At the machine, Ron runs a seam around the edge of the cemented "sandwich," about 1/4 to 3/8 inch in from the outside edge.
Finished visor
Here's the finished sunvisor seen from the mirror side. George will wash the cement over spray from the mirror glass before he installs it in the car.
View from backside
The view from the backside. A very nicely done sunvisor-and no one had to struggle!
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Automotive Upholstery Handbook, by Don Taylor

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8.5 x 11, 232 pages, English
550 b&w photos.
Learn step-by-step how to:
  • Make and install interiors for any car, truck, van, RV or airplane
  • Sew like an expert -- on vinyl, leather or any fabric
  • Restore, recover and build bench and bucket seats
  • Upholster armrests and door panels
  • Make and install headliners and carpeting
  • Install convertible tops, vinyl roofs, sim-con and landau tops
  • Create street rod interiors
  • Build boat and motorcycle seats


Author Don Taylor has spent a lifetime as a professional upholsterer. He has owned and operated upholstery and van-conversion shops. Don shares his vast knowledge and many years of experience so you can do the job right and get the results you want!
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Custom Auto Interiors By Don Taylor and Ron Mingus

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Among other subjects covered in Custom Auto Interiors:
  • Planning your car's interior
  • Seats
  • Door Panels
  • Armrests and Door Pulls
  • Stereo Panels
  • Trunks
  • Dune Buggies
  • Carpets
  • Reveal Moldings
  • Convertible Tops
  • Modesty Panels
Expert trimmers Don Taylor and Ron Mangus share two lifetimes of auto upholstery experience and secrets in this fantastic book. Hundreds of photographs capture every detail you'll need to create your own exciting and award-winning custom interiors. Precise step-by-step instructions show you how to turn out completely professional custom interiors.

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