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Custom Headliner

Items Needed: 

1.  New "foam backed" Headliner material 2 Yards, your choice of color
2.  3M "Super 77" Spray Adhesive
3.  Razor Knife, or blade
4.  Scissors
5.  Alot of Patience
Here's what ya do.
Start by removing the old Headliner.  This can be accomplished by removing your "oh sh*t" handles, visors, and visor brackets, 3 plastic pop fasteners in the rear, pull down all the rubber molding around the edges, and pop down the Pillars where they cover the edges.  You will also need to remove the some light which can be accomplished by prying down the lense, and then just pulling the whole dome light assy.  out of its plug.  
Once you have all of that done, bend and flex the headliner out of the car being carful not to break the backer board.
I chose to remove my stock headliner material and lay down the foam for the mopar logo which I had cut and formed before starting this project.  Foam can be cut and molded into whatever you like, get creative, or you don't have to do it at all.  The stock headliner material is attached to the backer board with what looked like fiberglass so it is quite a pain in the ass to remove, but I was worried it would be too thick if I just put the new stuff over the old, so I chose to remove it.
Once you remove the old stuff, or if you choose not to, you are ready to install the new material.
It is best if you just use the material as is instead of precutting it due to the fact that the material isn't cheap and you don't want to cut it short and mess it up.
Lay the material out foam side up, and lay the headliner down with the stock material facing up....  Take yer handy 3M and spray it down, both the new material and the backer board.  Allow to tack for 15-30 seconds before you start putting the new material on.  It is best to have a helper for this since you will want to start at one end and work the material to the other end.....
Once you have it all stretched out on the backer board, let it dry overnight. 
Now for the cutting....
You will want to cut at an angle so that the colored material is slightly longer than the foam.....just use your razor knife and run it along the edge of the backer board at an angle.  DO NOT DISCARD THE LARGE LEFTOVER'll need those for the next step.
Continue to cut out the holes for the "oh sh*t" handles and mirrors, and if you want to keep your dome light, you'll need that hole too.

Next is the visors......lightly cut the stiching around the straight "hold" bar that is on the visor, and just start pulling the old material off.  Try not to rip it too much because you'll need it for a pattern.  The edges of the material ARE NOT STITCHED so you don't need to worry about removing stiches or anything like that. Now, lay out the old material on the new material(large scraps from the cut off of the headliner) and trace your pattern.  Use the scissors to cut it out.  Keep in mind that you may need to trim as you go.  Now that your pattern is cut out, go ahead and fold it over the edge of the visor, and start can use a flat head screwdriver to pry apart the visor a little, but be careful not to break it. Here you see the teeth on the end of the visor:

And here is the finished(tucked edge)...just like stock, but black now instead of tan.

 Now, reinstall the headliner and visors the same way you took it out, just reversed and voila, a new headliner. 


If you have any questions, feel free to eMail me  or hit me up on AIM  evilcreations919 

How To by Josh

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