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Painting headliner?

Discussion in 'OEM and Custom Interiors' started by ChrisAU, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. ChrisAU

    ChrisAU War Damn Eagle

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    If I were to pull my headliner out and scrape the foam off of it, what would simply painting it hurt instead of recovering it? My truck will never be a show truck, but the stapled headliner bugs me haha. Plus I may want to convert the interior from blue to a tan/black combo soon like I did my old RCSB.
     
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    sewlow Bitchin' Stitchin'

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    The substrate that the headliners are made of for these trucks come in 2 variations. Cardboard, or a pressed fiber that looks like fiberglas. Either one will soak up paint or dye like a sponge. Neither will look good.
    Do as you suggested by scraping the cruddy foam off, (Easy to do) then pick up some real headliner material from an upholstery shop or supplier, along with a can of 3M '90' spray glue. Or 3m '76'. Avoid what's called 'Feather spray' glue. It's crap!
    The H/L fabric is 54" wide & it does have some stretch to it. Don't know if this is for your reg. cab or the extended one, but knowing how wide the fabric is will make it easy for you to figure how much you need. Don't let the place you're buying the fabric from try to sell it to you by the square yard, a common trick to darn near triple their profit. It's supposed to be sold by the linear yard. 54" X the measurement up the roll.
    Lay the material over the headliner, foam side to H/L, leaving about 6-8" of extra material all around, then fold it back in half over it self. Spray the glue on the foam side of the fabric, & the H/L panel. Not so much that it soaks the material, but a nice even coat. Let dry till tacky. Start from the center & work the material down on to the panel. The problem areas are going to be the corners. This is where the stretch of the material helps. Hold the fabric up off the panel at the corner, & with your other hand slowly attach the fabric while slightly pulling the material with your hand holding the fabric at the corner. By slightly pulling in one direction or the other as you push the material down, you can work out any wrinkles that want to form. Fold the other side over the glued down portion & repeat.
    Once the fabric is on the H/L panel, put an old blanket on the bench & flip the H/L over and spray the edges of the extra material hanging over there. Let dry till tacky & start wrapping the material to the back side. Cut reliefs to allow the material to fit where the panel curves. Not too close to the panel. about a 1/2" away from it. If the material still gets tight, don't cut the reliefs deeper, cut more reliefs. Where the material wants to bunch up, don't worry about that too much, just push it together, then cut that bunched material after the edges are all wrapped. Cut out any holes that are required, such as for visors & handles etc. from the backside of the H/L.
    I've installed these in the truck by myself, but it ain't fun. Somebody helping just hold it in place while you start installing really helps. make sure that any wiring for lights, lighted visors, overhead consoles, etc. are through the H/L before you completely button everything up. The less you mess with the H/L at this point, the less chance of it getting screwed up.
    Post up any Q's that you need help with. Good luck! AL.
     
  3. ChrisAU

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    It is for my EC, I no longer have the RC. But arghhh I've done it before, and I really don't want to do it again haha. Plus mine sagged again just a few months later. I can't remember if I scraped the foam off then or not though, which would have been a big cause of it sagging again.
     
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    Ah. Didn't realize that you've done this before. Just my experience as a teacher taking over again, & reacting as if people are rookies at this stuff. Oh well, maybe my explanation will help others that haven't done this before.
     
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    Oh no your write-up will be useful if I do decide to do it, I just don't want to do it! haha
     
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    withoutfear33 I'm Awesome

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    lol um yeah i had a friend with a cherokee who got the bright idea to bedliner his headliner... WELLLL it ddidnt go so well lol he used almost a gallon doing it and it took like 2 weeks to completly dry and once it did it your head or anything rubbed against it it all fell on you and turned you clothes black haha.. he left the foam crap on and just tore off the material... needless to say he was at the junk yard buying another one not to long after that
     
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    i thought someone made an ABS headliner?
     
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    LMC makes one, but its pretty pricey if i remember right, they are pretty sweet though
     
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    2 linear yards of 60" wide fabric should be enough, right?
     
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    Sounds right. Too much is better than not enough. You can always use a bit of extra if you have, or, are gonna install an O/H console.
     

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