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post #1 of 3 Old 06-18-2017, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Headliner Replacement


I took out my headliner to do a replacement on the fabric, after doing all the research I figured I would be good. However, when I finally got it out and started to clean off all the old fabric and foam I noticed that the underline board seamed more cardboard than a fiberglass type material I've seen on all the post. Luckily I went down to my local Pick-N-Pull and got a "somewhat" clean in tacked one that seems to be stronger and has the fiberglass backing on it.

While I don't mind having an off color in my jeep for the headliner because its not a daily, I do eventually want to use a bed liner material or a black fabric on the top. My question is, are there two types of headliners out there or is this one so old that the material is bridal and I just need to brush away as much as I can and re-spray some fiberglass on and go from there?

My main concern is I don't want to mess up the one I just bought and have two busted up headliners.

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post #2 of 3 Old 06-18-2017, 08:34 PM
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There are two versions. One is compressed fiberglass mat, I assume this is what you had originally. The other is two layers of smooth hard resin-bonded fiberglass with foam in between. The fiberglass mat version is a pain to recover. The old headliner material has a plastic backing to the foam that's glued to the mat. You have to remove all the plastic and it likes to rip up the mat. The other version is better, the surface is hard and smooth so you can be aggressive about removing the foam.

The headliner in my 93 is the fiberglass mat. I recovered it but I ended up having to fix a bunch of places the mat had broken and I had to use a lot more glue because the mat is porous and the surface is uneven. It looks fine now but it was a pain. If I do it again I'd grab the better version from the junkyard.
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-19-2017, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Excellent, thank you so much for the information. That is exactly what I was going on and wanted to make sure...this sure will save me a lot of time I can focus somewhere else. Thank you again!!
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