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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 4th, 19, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Headliner installed!

I installed my headliner today, glad to have that behind me!



I ended up with a few ripples, hopefully some time baking in the sun will take care of those.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 5th, 19, 04:30 AM
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Re: Headliner installed!

Wrinkles will not come out unless you manipulate the headliner.

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That's the one thing I hate installing is a headliner. Can never get it right!!! Ugh! Good luck!!!!!
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Scott, the wrinkles came out of mine without manipulation or using a heat gun. If the OP has it glued and the trim all on I would recommend giving it a little time to see whatís going to happen.

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 5th, 19, 12:41 PM
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headliner install is way above my pay grade but seeing various "build a car" shows the interior guys seem to always use a "steamer" on headliners to coax out wrinkles.

I see OP has paper clips holding the headliner in place...maybe some more "tug" sideways in the areas affected will pull the wrinkles out then secure with whatever fastener headliners are held in place with.

But again I have never done a headliner install so just making a guess. Kudos to OP for even doing this yourself.
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Mine wasn't wrinkled but I would say it was maybe a bit "loose" so I mist sprayed it with water and rolled up the windows and set her out in the Texas sun and it "tightened" up nicely.....Still tight 20 years later.

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 5th, 19, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Headliner installed!

Good tip on the steam and mist+sun ideas, may give that a try. This was my 3rd time installing a headliner, it actually went smoother than I remember the last one going about 10+ years ago.

It ainít perfect but it beats the heck out of the bare metal that was there before! Not too shabby for a can of spray adhesive, a few boxes of binder clips, and a few choice words!
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 19, 03:49 AM
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Scott, the wrinkles came out of mine without manipulation or using a heat gun. If the OP has it glued and the trim all on I would recommend giving it a little time to see whatís going to happen.

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The OP's picture shows numerous wrinkles that are normally non-existent after installation. Lay the headliner out under the influence of heat to relax it prior to installation. Slice the sleeves correctly to allow proper stretching. Very little reason a first timer can't have a wrinkle free installation.

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What Scott said about slicing the sleeves to get a good pull is a very good tip. I use the paperclip method too. But I use the glue you put on with a brush. It's easier to use for me, and less mess in my opinion. Your not far off. You can get those out relatively easy.

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As stated above you have to slice the sleeves. All of the headliners Iíve seen the sleeves are stitched too long. Unless you slice them you can pull all day long and youíll never get the wrinkles out.
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old Aug 6th, 19, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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Agreed on the sleeves... theyíre always too long. I trimmed mine back a fair amount during the install.

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The OP's picture shows numerous wrinkles that are normally non-existent after installation. Lay the headliner out under the influence of heat to relax it prior to installation. Slice the sleeves correctly to allow proper stretching. Very little reason a first timer can't have a wrinkle free installation.
Scott, you have a great technique installing headliners and I am sure they all look great. I am not disputing your technique at all.

The OP said he was finished with the installation and the picture in his post is clearly not the the finished product. I was just stating my experience and encouraging him to see what sun's heat would do before doing anything more drastic.

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What are people using for the pinch welds? I saw a roll of 25 ft of just generic pinchweld on eBay for $30-40 bucks. I know there is a kit on carmarocentral, but I have a hard time paying almost $200 for the pinch welds.

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Re: Headliner installed!

The headliner pinch weld covers are specially designed for that location. On the inside they are flat and the outside they are thicker to fill a cavity between the pinch weld and the weather striping. The headliner covers also have a different texture.

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