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  1. Slimntall

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    Guys, my headliner is starting to fall apart, the fabric is sagging down. I'm thinking of taking it out, stripping the fabric off (and the foam backing and glue) and spraying on rubberized undercoating. Has anybody tried this and how did it work out?
     
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    I have taken a headliner off to re-glue the fabric. With the headliner off there was no foam insulation (just metal). With the headliner and foam out of the vehicle I noticed it got really hot inside the cab, more than usual than when the headliner was in it. I think the foam acts as insulation to help keep some heat out of the cab. I would imagine with just a rubberized coating it would get hotter inside the cab without the foam insulation.
     
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    I think it would be hotter than with no headliner, the heat is what breaks down the foam lining.
    But I was thinking just spraying on the undercoating would be a whole lot easier than regluing
    fabric back on to it. The undercoating could be put on with several layers to give a bit more insulating
    effect. And then painted to match the interior. My main concern is how the headliner board would
    hold up to the spray-on undercoating. Don't know if it's pressed cardboard or plastic or what.








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    The backer board for a headliner is nothing more than compressed stuff like cardboard. Its stiff enough to hold the foam and fabric but too much weight its gonna give way and break.
     
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    Hey guys, I solved my headliner problem. Did not take it out of the truck, just pulled the fabric out (most loose anyway) and then used a stiff hand brush to knock the foam off, (after spreading a drop cloth to catch the junk). Then I just painted the backer board. Doesn't look as nice as the fabric would, but I did it for under $20, as opposed to the $250 I was quoted to replace the fabric. And it suits me fine. And if I decide to spend the bucks later I still can.
     
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    What a grand idea Slim.
    My wifeys 88 buick has the headliner removed, it had just fallen away. I tried with a syring to glue it back in without any success.
    I think I will paint the backer in Her Buick too. :applaud:
     
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    Not to hard to take down the headliner. Or maybe take one side down get some thin foam to stuff between the backer board and metal roof for insulation then paint the backer.
     
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    Hey guys your local hardware store should have some insulation that you can just cut it in sheets and attach it to the metal then put back the headliner now on my Firebird I did that and instead of using the foam with material on it I used vinyl like the seats had it came out good.

    Rockauto.com has a new kit as well.
     
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    I like those ideas too. I do not think that as crusty that old Buick is that it`d be worth all that much work though.
     
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