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How to Wrap Headliner in Vinyl

I know there was a previous thread but this is just how I wrapped my ugly grey looking headliner in nice black vinyl.. tried my best hope you like it

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hard squeeze like the kind to tint windows or something similar (to get on the edges and corners)
wood roller or similar to roll out the air or glue bubbles


heavy duty spray adhesive (personally prefer 3M super 77 but there is one even stronger that this one)


first of all remove the ugly grey fabric from the head liner be really careful!!! you might tear or break it since the thing underneath it's a tinny layer of foam mixed with fiberglass or something similar so be gentle when pulling the fabric out.

this is what it look like after you are done removing the fabric, once again be careful specially with the edges and corners I kind of tear a little those so take your time.

now it's the time to prep your project make sure you get ride of all major contaminants on the headliner and it's clean to apply the adhesive, let it chill while getting ready to cut your vinyl using as a patter the fabric you previously cut, just to give you an idea of how much you are going to need make sure to cut about 2 more inches per side.

now apply adhesive to the vinyl but just to the top edge about 4 inches long and all the way wide, I stared by the hardest and uneven surface, which is obviously where the visors sits.


the reason why recommend to apply adhesive just as you go and folding it's to get as little wrinkles as possible, and it's way easier to apply and handle it as well. make sure you get the edges and corners first and then roll all the wrinkles out the edges and corners and keep folding the vinyl as you go you can step on the headliner to work your way down just try to be careful and not to break the headliner.

now here it's the time when gravity becomes your best friend, turn the headliner upside down to know where you need more adhesive it will pull down by itself, so you can apply more to the vinyl as well the headliner just remember not more than 4 inches long so it's easier and you get the less wrinkles, let the glue activate by letting chill for about 5 minutes or so.


now you got this the next step it's make sure you apply the adhesive on all the edges and corners by pulling not to hard, so you will know if you need more or not don't forget to roll out all the air or adhesive bubbles take your time and not rush yourself the results depend on this!!!

next one it's the light dome hole. make sure to apply a good amount of adhesive and work all your way around the edges, and try to apply a good even pressure you might get a couple of wrinkles over this but it's fine you can roll those out just making sure you to get it right.

next and the easiest part keep applying your vinyl and keep making sure not to leave air between the headliner and the vinyl, so you get the less wrinkles and there you go oh sorry but ran out of adhesive so didn't finish the bottom part sorry but I'll be posting pictures as soon as I get someone to buy me more!!!
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how hard was it to remove the headliner from the car?

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Awesome man, i want to do this this summer. how much material did you need, where did you get it, and what are you going to do about the sun visors?

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how hard was it to remove the headliner from the car?
not really that hard all you got to do it's to pull really close to the edge evenly and firmly, and don't get impatience it's really important take your time.
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what about myyy question?

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Awesome man, i want to do this this summer. how much material did you need, where did you get it, and what are you going to do about the sun visors?
about 4/5 feet and I'm doing the same thing with the visors somebody already did a how to but with fabric vinyl won't be that different though
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still waiting for the adhesive spray LOL
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well going to get it myself, my friend is off today I'll ask him to drive me to home depot
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