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Old 11-12-2012, 11:14 PM
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Nice job !

I'm trying to re-vinyl my headliner, and i hope to do a nice job like you did !

I removed the old vinyl and foan, fixed the bent edges and made some reinfocements on the edges with some thin riveted wood bars.

My question is : Did you use the heat gun or hair drayer to put the vinyl near the sunvisors ?

Thank you and congratulations again !



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Finished the headliner and pleased with the results thanks to input from here!

Once the headliner was off and old vinyl stripped off I used a putty knife to strip the foam and then a wire brush to clean down to the headliner board.

I purchased some black 1/8 Volara and used a cheap HF paint gun to apply the Weldwood HHR sprayable contact cement. I laid the volara across the headliner and folder it back half way applying the glue to the headliner and folded back half of the foam.

After letting the glue set a couple of minutes I laid some wax paper across the side raised edges and half the glued head liner to prevent the foam from sticking until I wanted it to.

I slowly unfolded the foam from the open side and applied pressure to the valley of the headliner first and then remover the wax paper from the edges and smoothed the foam across those curves and contours. I removed the rest of the wax paper and followed the same process.

I repeated the process on the other side and then trimmed the foam.

I followed the same process with the vinyl and then used the same cement and 5/32 inch leg staples to secure the edges to the underside of the headliner.

A definite DIY job made easier with the right tools!
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by jmartins View Post
Nice job !

I'm trying to re-vinyl my headliner, and i hope to do a nice job like you did !

I removed the old vinyl and foan, fixed the bent edges and made some reinfocements on the edges with some thin riveted wood bars.

My question is : Did you use the heat gun or hair drayer to put the vinyl near the sunvisors ?

Thank you and congratulations again !
I had a heat gun handy but did not use it as I elected to use both hands to stretch the vinyl and lay it smoothly.

I did the work in the garage and had a room heater going so I am guesing room temperature was around 75F. The vinyl will be more workable if it is not cold.

I did the raised part of the headliner first using wax paper laid over the sprayed glue on the visor area and side raised edges by the visor till I was ready for that area.

I pulled the wax paper back a couple inches at a time and worked the vinyl into the visor contour pulling a bit as I went to ensure I had no wrinkles.

I expected it to be more painful and was surprised at how easily it laid flat.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:09 AM
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I saw Jim's headliner Saturday and it came out great, every bit as nice as you see in the pictures, congrats Jim!
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Turned out great, way to go
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Turned out looking very nice. Congrats.
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