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How To: Re-do your head liner

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:14 pm
by Barry
Supplies:
2.5 yards of fabric
1 can of Permatex headliner and carpet adhesive
Scisors, blade, or other fabric cutting tool.
Philips head screwdriver
OPTIONAL:
Clothing Iron
Paint Roller

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The first thing you need to do is select a fabric that you want to recover your head liner in. You can get it from walmart, craft stores, etc...

The thicker fabrics and ones that have some stretch to them are much easier to use. A fabric that wont stretch makes contouring to the curves in the headliner very difficult.

Remove old head liner:
It is held up by the front pillar trim pieces, the rear upper trim pieces, the sun visors, the dome light, and a sunroof if you have one.
It also has 8 velcro strips around the peremeter. 2 over each door, 2 in the back, and 2 in the front. BE CAREFUL removing these! They can easily be torn out of the headliner backing.
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This is what those velcro strips look like.
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Now that you have the headliner out, you need to tear the old fabric off. Mine was already half off so it just came right off.
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You will see nasty brown foam all over it. The foam has deteriorated over the years. You COULD leave it on there, but your headliner will sag again probably within a few months.
The best option is to remove all of the bad foam. Its so old that you can just rub it off with your hands like this:
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Done:
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Now sweep the mess up so it doesn't interfere with the rest of the project
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IMPORTANT NOTE: If any of your velcro strips ripped off the board during removal, NOW would be the perfect time to staple them back on!

Next step is to test fit your fabric. Just lay it over the board to get a feel for everything.
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OPTIONAL: At this time you could now iron your fabric to remove any wrinkles. However, you can work out the wrinkles later, its just more of a pain.

Now its time to apply the glue to the board. It looks like a spider web coming out. I used about a half can on the board. It sinks in a little so put it on heavy!
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^^^^^Yeah you like that action shot!!!!

Here is it all glued
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Now let that glue set for 5-10 minutes. When you spray it its not even sticky, it needs some time to tack up.

Now comes the most crucial part.

Lay down the fabric just like you did in the mock up.
Immediately start working your way from the center out taking out wrinkles and contouring the fabric to the headliner. You can use a paint roller to help you but honestly hands work best.
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You have some time to work with the glue, so don't panic. Get all the wrinkles out and make sure the fabric is bonded to every corner and curve.

Now you can start cleaning it up.
For the sunroof, cut a big X in the fabric. Then you can cut that up into smaller sections so the fabric can be wrapped around and glued to the back side of the board.
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Re: How To: Re-do your head liner

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:15 pm
by Barry
Same process goes for the edges. Just spray it, wait a minute or 2, wrap it, and trim it.
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Be sure to trim around the velcro strips!
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Heres what it will look like when your done.
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Then Re-install it in the car. I only waited an hour after I finished to put it back in and it didnt cause any issues
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And don't make fun of my fabric selection, it looks sick!

Re: How To: Re-do your head liner

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:19 pm
by Asylum
Great write up but MY GOD!

That is just plain horrifyingly UGLY!!

:beer:

Re: How To: Re-do your head liner

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 1:25 pm
by 3X00-Modified
Pinned, but don't follow all these steps... actually just don't pick the same headliner fabric as he did :lol:


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Re: How To: Re-do your head liner

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:00 pm
by diedemus
:bad: :bad: :bad: :bad:

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Re: How To: Re-do your head liner

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:13 pm
by Money pit Beretta
I have to know...................why? %)

Re: How To: Re-do your head liner

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:28 pm
by Barry
I did it because nobody else really likes it. KISS MY ASS haha.

In reality i will probaby do it in some black suade in the future once i get a nice set of visors ro wrap in the same material.

This only cost me 16 bucks.

Re: How To: Re-do your head liner

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:23 am
by woody90gtz
$16 too much. haha

Although right now the underside of my roof is a similar color...

Re: How To: Re-do your head liner

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:51 pm
by Money pit Beretta
Ok........ I just thought your car looked very nice and it was a shame that you did that. Black suede? It looks like everything else is gray in there. Don't forget to brush it from time to time, so you don't get it in your eyes. Barry, you are a very strange man. :)

Re: How To: Re-do your head liner

Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:44 pm
by Barry
My interior is half and half. Carpet and panels are black, dash door panels and seats are gray.

Re: How To: Re-do your head liner

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:10 am
by Money pit Beretta
I guess that will work then. Still, it's kinda strange.

Re: How To: Re-do your head liner

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:45 am
by diedemus
Money pit Beretta wrote:I guess that will work then. Still, it's kinda strange.




.... clearly he is a strange individual.


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Re: How To: Re-do your head liner

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 11:18 am
by BLK96Z
Its very different. But good job. If you like it, that's all that matters. I am doing mine today. I did my sun visors last night. I took a diff approach and went with black leather, but to each their own.

Re: How To: Re-do your head liner

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:42 pm
by gregtheskin
How did you pull the plastic trim peices out?

Re: How To: Re-do your head liner

Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:29 am
by BerettaMN
Very nice job, I would go with the oem foam backed fabric though. Some fabrics bleed through.