Headliner Replacement

Guide To Replacing a Headliner

Interior car repair may not sound like a walk in the park, but replacing a warped, deteriorating headliner is close. Replacing the headliner in your vehicle is far simpler than you think, and you can do it yourself at home. If you're tired of your original headliner disintegrating into your hair or you're too embarrassed to give people rides in your rig, follow along to see how to save money on do-it-yourself installation and have the satisfaction of accomplishing the task on your own.

Automobile headliners are of two basic types: one-piece, or stitched multi-panel. One-piece headliners have been commonplace since the 1970s because they're easier to install on an assembly line, taking less time. Multi-panel stitched headliners are old school and more involved, needing several support bows and security at both the windshield and backlite.

One-piece headliners are foam-backed cloth assemblies glued to a fiberglass or molded plastic panel secured inside the roofline of your vehicle. Remove inside trim and the dome light and most headliners will fall into your hands. One-piece headliners fail because glue dries up and cloth detaches from foam. Foam rubber tends to dry out and crumble, which causes the same result - a headliner hanging into your field of vision. If you're concerned about the cost of having an upholstery shop replace your one-piece headliner, it doesn't cost much. You can also replace a headliner yourself for no more than the cost of material and spray adhesive.

Follow our step-by-step guide to replacing your one-piece headliner.


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