Headliner

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Post by Tricked-T » Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:08 am

Just got a new dail driver T and it has a little sang in the headliner What is the average cost to replace one? Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

-Lee

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Post by Donny Lowrida » Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:22 am

Mine was just sagging over the back seat and it cost me $200 to have it fixed at a upholstery shop. This is very close to what you'll pay, but well worth it.

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Post by lbrobro » Tue Nov 21, 2006 8:18 pm

Just don't use spray can glue for 5 bucks! :P

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Post by Mistascott » Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:09 pm

3M Trim Adhesive, get the strongest kind there is.
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Post by T » Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:18 am

You can buy the material at most craft stores for around $40. I can post more details later, it's a pretty straight forward process.
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Post by Tbird » Wed Nov 22, 2006 4:47 am

I got it done a few years ago at a local Standanrd Auto Glass a few years ago. I took the linner out myself in the parking lot then I put it back in. They did the rest for $100 CDN. It looks perfect and the color matches the visors and other parts.
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Post by 88T-FL » Wed Nov 22, 2006 4:50 am

Hello,
You can get it on eBay too...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/GRAND-NA ... enameZWDVW

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Post by Donny Lowrida » Wed Nov 22, 2006 8:52 am

$45.00 is cheap! But I'm skeptical about the part that says "Discontinued by aftermarket companies as well".
With so many cars with grey headliners, why would you discontinue that color?? If it IS discontinued, and now hard to find in the aftermarket world, why is the roll only $45.00? Shouldn't it be more?

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Post by Tricked-T » Wed Nov 22, 2006 3:27 pm

Well I have never done it myself but i am willing to try if someone could give me more details.

Thanks, Lee

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Post by GSXMEN » Wed Nov 22, 2006 3:47 pm

Mistascott wrote:3M Trim Adhesive, get the strongest kind there is.
I think that will work with one exception.............you HAVE to get new material. NO way to get the old headliner to stick once it starts sagging. It has all that loose flaky stuff......kinda like trying to put tape on a greasy part. :twak:

I had one professionally done for a board member last year for $65 or so. He wanted $95 if we brought the car to him.
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Post by AlaskaBLT » Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:43 pm

I replaced my headliner about 8 years ago. It's kind of a pain to get the entire headliner out and vice versa, helps to have a buddy.

Once its out remove all the old grey cloth and glue. You'll have this yellowish fiber crap beneath the old glue (the old glue must be peeled off in order for the new material to stick).

Pick up the new material from wherever, that stuff on eBay will work fine...good price too.

3M adhesive is MUST. That cheap "Duro" brand or similar is crap and if you use it, the headliner will be sagging again within days....just speaking from experience.

Lay out your material over the board and cut off excess around the edges leaving 4-6 inches overlap to adhere to the other side. Don't worry about the dome light hole right now, you will cut that out once its installed.

Grab either the front or the rear end of the layed out material and fold it completely over to the other side just before the edge.

Spray down the board a section at a time (12" stripes across worked well for me). Roll the material down over the glue with your hands smoothly making sure not to leave any creases. Contunue this step until the board is covered and adhered to the materieal....allow to dry about an hour.

Turn the board over. Cut diagonal slits at the corners aboout 1" away from the board. Fold over edges one at a time and glue. Allow to dry about another hour and reinstall into the car...CAREFULLY...again a buddy helps.

Once its back in, you can now cut out the hole for the dome light and reinstall it. DONE! Pretty simple project and it will look awesome if you took your time. :) :btt:

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Post by GSXMEN » Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:51 pm

Excellent step-by-step Justin!! 8-)

My only suggestion is to cut the dome hole before installing. Slit the corners and glue & fold back the folds.....same time as the outer edges.

I suppose if you had the wires unhooked from the dome light, you could feed them thru a smaller hole.......negating my suggestion. :D
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Post by Alibi » Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:25 pm

Any suggestions for replacing the fiberglass board?? Mine was totally destroyed by a leaky windshield and an ant nest as the car sat for 5 years....stupid previous owner.

I've run across a couple online, but my problem always seems to run into shipping such a bulky item.

Anyway, would it be possible to use a regular 4dr lesabre fibre board and then cut off the excess? I believe the 4 dr version was slightly longer...

Any thoughts anybody??
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Post by Tricked-T » Sun Nov 26, 2006 7:32 pm

Where can you get some good glue for headliners and what is a good brand, ect.

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Post by Dave G » Sun Nov 26, 2006 7:47 pm

How does one get the headliner out in the first place?

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