Introduction

This guide will show the basic steps to remove you old headliner, replace the loose material, and re-install the headliner into the vehicle. This type of headliner has been used since the early 1980s through today.

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Prep the car for work.
  • Prep the car for work.

    • Disconnect the negative battery terminal.

    • Removal of the right passenger seat may be necessary to help remove the headliner from the car.

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  • Remove the trim.

    • Unbolt the sun visors, dome lamp, grab handles and any other accessories that are attached to the ceiling.

    • Remove the upper seat belt mounting loops.

    • Remove and/or pull back just enough of the side interior trim panels to gain access to the edge of the headliner. Complete removal of these panels is usually not needed.

    • Lower one side of the headliner panel and slide it over to clear the trim panels.

    • Turn the panel and remove it from the vehicle.

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Remove the old fabric from the board. Place the headliner panel on a clean work table.
  • Remove the old fabric from the board.

    • Place the headliner panel on a clean work table.

    • Carefully pull the old fabric material off the board. Usually the foam backing will remain stuck to the headliner board. Use a piece of the old material to rub the old foam loose from the board.

    • Vacuum the foam bits from the backing board.

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Install new fabric: If the board is damaged, repair it using aluminum tape. Any rough areas might show after the new fabric is applied. Lay out the new fabric over the board. Pull 1/2 of it back over itself.
  • Install new fabric:

    • If the board is damaged, repair it using aluminum tape. Any rough areas might show after the new fabric is applied.

    • Lay out the new fabric over the board. Pull 1/2 of it back over itself.

    • Spray headliner adhesive glue on 1/2 of the board and the back side of the fabric.

    • Carefully place the fabric onto the board starting from the center point and smooth it outward wit your hand as you lay it down.

    • Pull up the other 1/2of the fabric over the side you just glued down. Repeat the above steps to lay down this side of the fabric.

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Trim up the fabric edges Fold over the front & rear edges and glue them to the back side of the board about 1 inch from the edge. Cut the side edges flush with the board. Also cut any access holes for the sun visors and other accessories that were previously removed.
  • Trim up the fabric edges

    • Fold over the front & rear edges and glue them to the back side of the board about 1 inch from the edge.

    • Cut the side edges flush with the board. Also cut any access holes for the sun visors and other accessories that were previously removed.

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Reinstall the headliner to the car: Reverse the removal steps to re-install the headliner into the car. Start one edge over the side trim panels and then raise the headliner into position over the other side trim panels.
  • Reinstall the headliner to the car:

    • Reverse the removal steps to re-install the headliner into the car.

    • Start one edge over the side trim panels and then raise the headliner into position over the other side trim panels.

    • Re-install the sun visors, dome lamp, seat belt upper loops and any other items that were previously removed

    • Lightly brush the headliner to remove marks & fingerprints.

    • If any of the trim clips break off of the interior trim panels, you can reattach them to the panel with 2-part epoxy glue.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Excellent directions. I'd like to see a well made video of the procedure! Thanks,

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