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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-12-2019, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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The next time.....Civic headliner. Sheese

I've done a few headliners but this one has been a real headache. Next time I do a headliner for a modern car, I'll go to the salvage yard, buy one from a junk and strip it. Then I'll clean the old foam and such from mine and coat it very thoroughly with adhesive. Then I'll coat the headliner fabric and lay it, adhesive up, on the on top of the salvage yard headliner and sandwich the fabric between the two. Then I'll clamp the two together paying special attention to all of the contoured areas like where the visor pockets are. Whaddaya think?
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I'm confused. Are you talking about this plan for a classic, or are you asking our opinion on how to do headliner in a Honda?

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I'm confused. Are you talking about this plan for a classic, or are you asking our opinion on how to do headliner in a Honda?
Oh no, not for a classic. I love the bow style and the aftermarket TMI or some such would really bother me. I'm talking about redoing a headliner in any modern car. Perhaps most people don't even fool with them but paying an upholstery shop to do them ain't gonna happen. Also, I've learned this time around that the 3M adhesive, which is $10 more than the other brand (Permatex), is worth the difference in price.
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Heck yeah it is. 3M Super 77 or Super 90 is no BS. It costs more for a reason. I like your sandwich idea.

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"I like your sandwich idea."

It has to be how the factory does it.
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I recently did the headliner on our 98 Dakota. When I finished, it looked like a 5 year old did the job. I get compliments all the time on the headliner in my 65, and I did that one too. All those contours, valleys, dips, etc in that Dakota were a real pain.



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The factory or sub, whoever makes them, probably uses a gazillion ton press with heat on both sides of a male/female mold. I've had pretty good success on the half dozen or so that I've done but, I'm not real picky. There's always a wrinkle or such. Then, the fabric always tends to pull away from the deepest contours, eventually. But that's still preferable to that crap flying in the breeze as I drive down the road. THAT is the definition of "low rent."
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" But that's still preferable to that crap flying in the breeze as I drive down the road. THAT is the definition of "low rent." "

I thought that was an option on the old chevy caprice, that the bro's drive around, on the super tall skinny tires. Boom box a thumpin' and headliner flapping...lol
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Why not just pull off the old headliner and use this stuff. Worked for Ron Popeil. 😂👍

https://youtu.be/2GeF7A05zQ8
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