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Headliner application

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by EB4X, July 22, 2019.

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  1. EB4X

    EB4X Active Member

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    Thought I'd pass this along....my headliner in drivers area was totally thrashed from P.O.. ...this is a weekend only trail rig so I don't want spend a lot of time/money making mint with complete new liner front to back....just presentable.
    Was pondering how I could improve front thrashed section / do a two-tone repair and decided on using ABS flat textured sheets. I have to wait for clips to arrive so no "completion pics" as of yet but to give you guy's an idea I posted these two of EARLY stage. So I tucked edges under side molding of course and other fixed pieces - sun visor fixture / grab handle....and then will place a few matching black textured clips in two even rows to fully secure. Maybe some of you are in same situation and might want to give this a whirl.
    Can shape these sheets with heat gun / blow dryer too.
    *Sheets I had were not big enough to make a single large one-piece application to cover middle front section.....might re-do with one piece latter. Area's where visors go were fine...and wont be seen with visors anyway so.....
    Black ABS Plastic Sheet 24" x 48" inches .040 or 1/25" thick - New | eBay

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  3. XLTrunner

    XLTrunner Active Member

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    Looks like as good a fix as any.

    I know first-hand that pulling a good headliner out of a donor at the JY is not an easy option. They are too rigid and the backing too fragile to just loosely roll it up or fold it and transport it home in one piece. But, if you have a long bed truck to haul it in and a helper, it can be done.
     
  4. EB4X

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  5. Gary Crist

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    When I did my 92 Mustang, I went to Jo-Anns Fabric and picked up
    head liner material to do the job.
     
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    My '96 had the same torn and ripped headliner too. Looked like a cat got in there and ripped it to shreds. My idea was similar to yours. I took some thick poster board and measured and cut it to fit between windshield to interior light and from side to side, leaving a little extra to fit under the side moulding above the glass. My mother, who is a seamstress, had a lot of fabric that match the color of the original headliner. I used spray adhesive to attach fabric to poster board and wedged the poster board into position and attached the sun visors and interior light to hold it up.

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  7. EB4X

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    That works..
    Was thinking this sheeted ABS might work out well for stained up carpet replacement as well.... especially for 4x rigs ....easy to clean off dirt / mud etc...
     
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    If you do your own headliner and you use the headliner material (has foam backing),
    use the 3M Orange can spray adhesive. To push it down use a small paint roller
    that has plenty of fuzz. DON'T USE FINGERS! They will leave divots.

    It is an easy job....
     
  9. EB4X

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    I'd like to add those panel clips I had pictured did not work out, I speculated the top of liner "frame" had a little more substance to it which did not so I had to do a MacGuyver -epoxied some bases to metal roof for clips to attach to. Just cut out three small spots to insert bases.
     

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