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Headliner, Custom Suede Headliner - How To #67383 Dec 9, 7:23pm Dec 9, 7:23pm
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Headliner, Custom Suede Headliner - How To
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Custom Suede Headliner
By Jon (carbon_blue_gt)


Before you begin, make sure that you have the following:

** A yard and a half (60" wide) of the fabric of your choice. I used black polyester suede. Price will vary by fabric and location. (a great place to get started at is http://www.joann.com )

** 3M General Trim Adhesive n. 08088
Approximately $11.00 at Checker Schucks, Kragen, Pepboys, Autozone or Home Depot.

** A flexible plastic paint guide
$.79 each at Wal-Mart (may be handy to have two or three in case one gets glue on it

** a friend


Step 1)
First, you need to remove the headliner. It's helps to have the back seats folded down for this. Pull the covers off the A-pillars, remove the dome light housing and unplug it. (also a good time to paint it!!) Remove the screws that hold the sunshades up, and unscrew the sunshade latches. These take a little effort to pull out once they are unscrewed, but do not fear, they are almost indestructible (as far as I cal tell).


Next, unscrew the top seatbelt guide (behind the front seats). Pull this panel away from the frame and set these aside. There are also three pins across the back of the headliner; pry these off carefully with a flathead screwdriver. Next, there are two plastic screw-rivets (one on each side) they are located just behind the front seat on the roof, they're black, and hard to miss. Take these out, and the headliner should pretty much fall down (you may have to gently pull the edges away from the weather-stripping around the door.


Now, carefully lift it out of the hatch.



Step 2)
Find a good, large, clean area to work, and cover it with plastic; this can get messy.


Lay the headliner face up on the table


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Next, spray the 3M adhesive on a strip about 6 inches wide down the middle of the headliner. Make sure you get good coverage.


Have a friend hold the material up above the headliner while you use the plastic paint guide to smooth the material onto the glue. Don't use too much pressure, because you could force the glue through the cloth. Smooth away from the middle, being sure not to get any creases or bunches in the cloth.


After a couple of minutes set time, pull the material back so that you can spray one of the sides that does not yet have glue on it. Spray the adhesive, and repeat the process of smoothing (with your friend holding the fabric again). Make sure that you smooth around the complex curves of the headliner first, then stretch the fabric away from that. This allows the fabric to conform to the curves.


Continue with this until the fabric has been glued down on the entire surface ot the headliner.


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Step 3)
After the glue has had a night to set up, turn the headliner over. Cut some slits in the fabric to make it easier to wrap around the edge. Use your best judgment where these should be, I don't really have any specific way for you to do this. After you've cut the slits, use an industrial strength glue (I used E-6000, available at most hobby shops like Hobby Lobby), and, working in sections, run a bead of glue along the edge of the headliner and fold the fabric over and press it down. Try to make the fabric conform as closely to the edge as possible.


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Step 4)
Cut holes in the fabric for the dome light, sunvisers, and the clips that hold it up.

Replace the headliner in the car using the opposite of step 1.

Enjoy your newly re-upholstered headliner.

My next guide, "Reupholstering the sunvisors"

Any questions, please feel free to email me at "RaderStudios @ hotmail.com"

Re: Headliner, Custom Suede Headliner - How To [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #67384 Dec 9, 7:25pm Dec 9, 7:25pm
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finished, and installed...

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Re: Headliner, Custom Suede Headliner - How To [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #67385 Jan 31, 2:56pm Jan 31, 2:56pm
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I just got a PM from a user who was worried about doing his headliner because of having a moonroof. I reaplied with the following:

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I don't think you should have too much of a problem. Just be careful when you take the headliner down (i don't know what kind of fasteners might be around the moonroof) All you have to do is lay your fabric over the headliner in one piece, glue it down, then go back and cut out the hole for the headliner. Take your time, and be careful, you'll be fine. Good luck, and post pics when you get done thumbsup


I hope this helps some of you out there with moonroofs!


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Re: Headliner, Custom Suede Headliner - How To [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #67386 Feb 26, 8:54pm Feb 26, 8:54pm
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What would you say to wrapping the hoodliner with Kevlar or Carbon Fiber, is it a fairly smooth wrap around the edges?

Re: Headliner, Custom Suede Headliner - How To [Re: p5yk0t1q] #67387 Feb 26, 9:20pm Feb 26, 9:20pm
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You could do it, it's a nice smooth wrap, but I would personally like the feel and look of a fabric interior better...


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Re: Headliner, Custom Suede Headliner - How To [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #67388 Apr 10, 7:38pm Apr 10, 7:38pm
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How do I get the headliner off if I have a moonroof?
Theres a rim that keeps the headliner on, I cant get the rim off. Do you have any suggestions?

Re: Headliner, Custom Suede Headliner - How To [Re: logik] #67389 Apr 11, 12:05am Apr 11, 12:05am
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Re: Headliner, Custom Suede Headliner - How To [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #67390 Jul 7, 2:30am Jul 7, 2:30am
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sweet also if you want to add a decal in it. ALL you do is get thin foam board cut out lets say the toyota symbol and then glu that first then when puttin the suede down you just press around the the foam board. and boom you got a custom look..

Re: Headliner, Custom Suede Headliner - How To [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #67391 Feb 16, 10:43am Feb 16, 10:43am
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I have a little trouble trying to remove the seatbelt guide and the two plastic panels behind the front seats, can someone give me a tip or a trick to do this?!!!

Re: Headliner, Custom Suede Headliner - How To [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #67392 Feb 17, 8:21pm Feb 17, 8:21pm
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hey you could talk to my friends at topshop headliners into making a pure carbon fiber headliner they are already almost done with the cargo cover see look i will show ya the pics of a finished one that is not the celicas but it will look just as good and fit like the original about one more week for ours to finish

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Re: Headliner, Custom Suede Headliner - How To [Re: carbon_blue_gt] #67393 Feb 17, 8:28pm Feb 17, 8:28pm
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thsi is TopShops

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Re: Headliner, Custom Suede Headliner - How To [Re: U12PLA] #449213 Mar 16, 5:43pm Mar 16, 5:43pm
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how did you remove the carpet off of it?

Re: Headliner, Custom Suede Headliner - How To [Re: jberlin0] #449214 Mar 16, 5:46pm Mar 16, 5:46pm
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Originally Posted by jberlin0
how did you remove the carpet off of it?


The guide describes how to WRAP your current headliner... carpet was covered.

The product from "Topshop" is a replacement headliner... no carpet.

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