Headliner Replacement - CorvetteForum - Chevrolet Corvette Forum Discussion



C4 General Discussion
General C4 Corvette Discussion not covered in Tech

Headliner Replacement

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-19-2017, 05:06 PM   #1
ejscarfo
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
ejscarfo's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 2005
Location: Islip New York
Posts: 2,023
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Headliner Replacement

Hey guys! Hope all you father's had a nice holiday. For my day, my wife and kids left me alone to work on my 85.

Someone gave me a fiberglass top from a late 86 in the same color as my car so I spent the day swapping out the brackets and replacing the sunvisors, etc. The "new" top had a sagging headliner and foam dust was coming out of it left and right. I pulled the material off and removed the backing board. It came off really easy but it looks flimsy, like if I go to clean off the remaining foam the board will fall apart. What have you guys used to replace the backer board for the headliners? I'm open to suggestions.
ejscarfo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2017, 06:17 PM   #2
Cjunkie
CF Senior Member
 
Cjunkie's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 2006
Location: West Salem OH
Posts: 1,575
Thanked 27 Times in 27 Posts
Default

I just pulled the old one out of my headliner and put in one i got from Ecklers. This is what it looked like when I was done. Good enough for a 31 year old car.
Attached Images
 

Last edited by Cjunkie; 06-19-2017 at 06:18 PM.
Cjunkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2017, 06:53 PM   #3
Cruisinfanatic
. 1985 Original Owner .
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Cruisinfanatic's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2004
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 3,207
Thanked 65 Times in 57 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ejscarfo View Post
Hey guys! Hope all you father's had a nice holiday. For my day, my wife and kids left me alone to work on my 85.

Someone gave me a fiberglass top from a late 86 in the same color as my car so I spent the day swapping out the brackets and replacing the sunvisors, etc. The "new" top had a sagging headliner and foam dust was coming out of it left and right. I pulled the material off and removed the backing board. It came off really easy but it looks flimsy, like if I go to clean off the remaining foam the board will fall apart. What have you guys used to replace the backer board for the headliners? I'm open to suggestions.
As long as the backerboard is cleaned of loose material, it is very usable.
Cruisinfanatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2017, 07:12 PM   #4
zachaeous
CF Senior Member
 
zachaeous's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2012
Location: Du Quoin IL
Posts: 1,357
Thanked 221 Times in 195 Posts
Default

I had the same thing on my 1984 and I cleaned the backing board to remove any loose material. I then recovered the board and reinstalled and it is holding just fine. I did this in 2012 and still looks new.

I bought the headliner material from a seller on ebay who is or was a member here on the forum.
zachaeous is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2017, 08:00 PM   #5
Joe C5 C2
CF Senior Member
 
Joe C5 C2's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 2004
Location: Charlotte NC
Posts: 166
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cjunkie View Post
I just pulled the old one out of my headliner and put in one i got from Ecklers. This is what it looked like when I was done. Good enough for a 31 year old car.
Not just good enough, looks great! Love the socks by the way.
Joe C5 C2 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Joe C5 C2 For This Useful Post:
Cjunkie (06-20-2017)
Old 06-19-2017, 09:32 PM   #6
Cjunkie
CF Senior Member
 
Cjunkie's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 2006
Location: West Salem OH
Posts: 1,575
Thanked 27 Times in 27 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joe C5 C2 View Post
Not just good enough, looks great! Love the socks by the way.
Lol thanks. I did it on my wife's dining room table last winter......hence the socks!
Cjunkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2017, 08:29 AM   #7
bac22
CF Senior Member
 
bac22's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 2000
Location: Epping NH
Posts: 4,902
Thanked 33 Times in 33 Posts
Default

I need to do mine, bought the material from a member here as well I believe. Seems easy enough, but any particular tips? Or is it just simply buy the adhesive from auto store and go to town?
bac22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2017, 08:51 AM   #8
Cruisinfanatic
. 1985 Original Owner .
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Cruisinfanatic's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2004
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 3,207
Thanked 65 Times in 57 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bac22 View Post
I need to do mine, bought the material from a member here as well I believe. Seems easy enough, but any particular tips? Or is it just simply buy the adhesive from auto store and go to town?
If you bought from me, you received instructions

Last edited by Cruisinfanatic; 06-20-2017 at 08:52 AM.
Cruisinfanatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2017, 09:23 AM   #9
Paul Workman
CF Senior Member
 
Paul Workman's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2004
Location: "Below I-80" Illinois
Posts: 4,647
Thanked 91 Times in 85 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bac22 View Post
I need to do mine, bought the material from a member here as well I believe. Seems easy enough, but any particular tips? Or is it just simply buy the adhesive from auto store and go to town?
I just installed my second headliner in my Z; first attempt only lasted 3 years.

But, in the interim I learned how to use contact cement "mo bettah" now.

I believe in 3M spray adhesive for light weight materials like headliners. But, 3M makes a couple different formulas, I discovered: one specifically says NOT for use on headliners, and the other included headliners in their list of uses.

The issue is, before the two surfaces are pressed together, the glue may become too dry, especially in certain (hot/dry) conditions. What happens is there is less than idea adhesion between the liner and the backing. After a short while (and heat cycles) the glue looses its hold and the dang liner starts to come down (again).

Well, the trick is to spray a third layer of adhesive to one of the surfaces (the backing), and while it is still wet, press the liner to the backing, and I used a stiff, long-bristle brush to smooth the liner in place, working from the center to the edges.

As a matter of fact, I may have read about this "third layer" method on one of the 3M contact containers/tubes I have. Well, regardless, it really works - especially on large surfaces (like carpet and headliners).


Last edited by Paul Workman; 06-20-2017 at 09:26 AM.
Paul Workman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2017, 02:16 PM   #10
ejscarfo
CF Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
ejscarfo's Avatar
 
Member Since: Feb 2005
Location: Islip New York
Posts: 2,023
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cruisinfanatic View Post
If you bought from me, you received instructions
Do you sell it in other colors? I was thinking of doing the headliner in Saddle to match the interior.
ejscarfo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2017, 10:04 PM   #11
Cruisinfanatic
. 1985 Original Owner .
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Cruisinfanatic's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 2004
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 3,207
Thanked 65 Times in 57 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ejscarfo View Post
Do you sell it in other colors? I was thinking of doing the headliner in Saddle to match the interior.
just black right now
Cruisinfanatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Go Back   CorvetteForum - Chevrolet Corvette Forum Discussion >
Reload this Page
  • Headliner Replacement
  •  
     
    Reply

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Targa top recall on 06 C6 Red Stone C6 Corvette General Discussion 2 04-22-2017 12:07 AM
    headliner for coupe rodsvet C5 Tech 9 09-27-2015 05:13 PM
    2013 GS vert headliner Tsb MITCH C6 Corvette General Discussion 4 08-11-2015 05:52 PM
    Saggy old headliner on the targa top? Ozzstar C4 Tech/Performance 6 07-15-2014 01:54 PM
    How do I remove headliner from targa top JUSBAD C4 General Discussion 5 02-24-2013 09:21 AM


    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Click for Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off

    Forum Jump


    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:34 PM.


     
    • Ask a Question
      Get answers from community experts
    Question Title:
    Description:
    Your question will be posted in: