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Old 02-28-2005, 05:55 PM   #21
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Do they sell fabric that is as big or bigger than a headliner? I'm going with rough guesstimates here but a headliner is about 6x5 and normal fabric(like the fabric for making kids blankets or whatever that you can get at walmart) is about 4x(whatever you want it to be). Is there a place that sells ACTUAL headliner material? I was thinking of converting mine to red because I'm switching my car from tan to red and black. Looks good so far.

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Old 02-28-2005, 06:06 PM   #22
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Just look up fabric stores in you area. You could even go to an upholstery shop as well and see if they will sell you some.

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Old 03-02-2005, 08:30 PM   #23
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I followed the instructions in this thread and redid my headliner. Everything was great until the first time I parked my car in the sun for over an hour. When I got back in it was all hanging down. During the second removal of the head liner I also damaged the fiber board a bit (it is fragile). I repaired it with duct tape. Not sure where I went wrong, but I decided to take a different route. I got two cans of fabric spray paint from the autoparts store. They say it works on cloth, leather, vinyl etc. I took off the fabric that was left, cleaned off the fiber board, and proceded to spray away. I used one can for each half of the board. I did about four or five coats in all. It looks great now and I never have to worry about it again. Plus, had I gone this route in the first place, it'd only cost the amount of two spray cans. Let me suggest this method to anyone who was skeptical or hesitant to redo the liner. I'll post pics if anyone is interested, let me know.

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Old 04-09-2005, 12:46 PM   #24
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I was thinking of a different idea for those who don't want to use cloth.

First I am planning on coloring the foam liner black.
Then I'm going to put a light coat of fiberglass resin. Don't know exactly how much it costs, I know my friend coated his subwoofer box with it.
Then after it dries completely I will touch up "thin" areas.
When it's completely dry I'll carefully buff sand w/ 1000 grit sand paper.

Probably take longer to do but I hope it comes out nice. Might even do better w/ heat reduction. At least I wouldn't have to worry about sagging headliner. The one problem w/ this would be I'd probably have to do it in the car as it wouldn't be able to bend back in. Think it's an acceptable idea?

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Old 04-10-2005, 08:39 AM   #25
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I don't know SPS, it would sure be a b**ch to do it while it's still in the car.

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Old 04-10-2005, 01:16 PM   #26
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I think you can get it into the car without bending it if you remove the seats. The more you remove from the interior the better. Slide it in sideways through the rear door at an angle towards the opposite front door.

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Old 04-11-2005, 10:10 AM   #27
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I think you can get it into the car without bending it if you remove the seats. The more you remove from the interior the better. Slide it in sideways through the rear door at an angle towards the opposite front door.
Definitely! If I did it over again I would remove the seats first!

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Old 04-11-2005, 11:30 AM   #28
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when I took it out I didn't have the front passenger seat in and I needed to bend it because of the door. It didn't look like it would fit out the back door. I guess if I took the door off it would be perfect.
I'll make this my next big project.

What would be the best thing to color the foam liner with?
Once I get it all done I might do some artistic painting and put a big red saturn emblem in front of the dome light.

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Old 04-13-2005, 10:36 AM   #29
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What would be the best thing to color the foam liner with?
Like I said previously, fabric paint works like a charm and I think it even looks better than the OEM liner.

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Old 04-27-2005, 09:52 PM   #30
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I just did mine with felt and 3M spray adhesive. It looks great now, we'll see how it holds up.

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Old 04-27-2005, 09:54 PM   #31
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This was a "quick fix" for me, I want to switch to tan vinyl down the road.

By the way, I left the foam on the board, I just took off the old cloth.

Next the door panels and the visors.

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Old 07-08-2005, 12:21 AM   #32
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does anyone know where i could get a headliner for a 97 sl1? I was going to redu my whole interior black and red. Most of it was black, the roof was grey though. I took that out and threw it away at college, thinking i would just find a black one in a junk yard somewhere.... bad idea. I am not sure if they even made black. Now i am going to have to buy a headliner, and cover it with black. I can find them at junk yards, but they are asking $50!!!! They probably didnt even pay that much fpr the car anyways, WHat a rip off. I did my door panels with red vinyl, i am going to start a new thread about that.

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Old 07-08-2005, 09:16 PM   #33
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Well - the headliner is out of my 93 SL. I was holding up the fabric with upholstery pins - the kind that you can twist in - not very attractive but it was a good temporary solution until I could make the time to do this project. After removing all the hardware, I was able to carefully ease it out through the trunk. Once I removed the pins the fabric lifted off easily. The foam was almost totally disintegrated - I carefully peeled it off and now I have a "clean" liner ready for my next surge of creativity. I want to cover it with something that I can clean easily - micronrb mentioned vinyl - I might give that a shot but I am sure it will take some time to make it fit over the curves in the liner.

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Old 08-15-2005, 09:22 AM   #34
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I have a '95 SW2. How would I go about getting the headliner board out of the car? Do you have to take off all the trim around it?

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Old 08-15-2005, 10:24 AM   #35
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Only if you plan on putting it back. Otherwise you need to remove all the plastic trim, both dome lights, sun visors, and grab handles.

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Old 09-11-2005, 10:46 AM   #36
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I would really like to know how to get the headliner out of the car in the first place, and more specifically, how to get the headliner out from underneath the door trim pieces.

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Old 09-11-2005, 01:05 PM   #37
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Remove the door trim pieces.

-remove the side vents on the dash
-uinbolt the seat belt from the "B" pillar
-remove the trim from around the front door.
-remove the side pieces of the rear seat.
-remove fasteners holding the "C" pillar trim to the frame
-remove the coat hanger hooks
-remove the trim around the rear door
-remove dome lamp
-remove sun visors
-remove roof handles
-remove trim around sunroof controls if equipped
-push front seats all the way forward and recline them all the way back.
-remove headliner through rear door.

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Old 09-11-2005, 06:19 PM   #38
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More detail on taking the trim pieces out would be helpful.

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Old 09-11-2005, 10:10 PM   #39
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From the bottom pull it back a bit untill you see the gold clips. Slide a screwdriver behind it and pop it out. If you just grap the trim pieces with your hands and pull, the tabs can break off in the frame.

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I just finished replacing my headliner today, here's a tip:
To get the old glue off the headliner board, try a vacuum cleaner with a hose, and use the wirey attachment... after getting the bulk glue off, scrub the board with the vacuum hose attachment, the leftover glue will come off, and suck into the vacuum.

Here's another tip, if you have a sunroff, DON'T EVEN ATTEMPT to replace your headliner, it was hell getting the new fabric to mold around the button/maplight buldge.

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