Vehicle Headliner

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Headliners are used in most vehicle's and they provide cover from fiberglass or metal roofing. The main purpose of a headliner in a vehicle, is to provide an insulated layer, between the passengers inside the vehicle and the outside elements. The headliner also protects the inside of the vehicle from extreme temperature changes, as well as noise from the vehicle's engine and the road. The headliner also acts as a safety device in the event of an accident,offering some padding for a passenger whose head,or body may come in to contact with the vehicle's ceiling.

The material used to make headliners is typically face fabric with nonwoven or foam backing. The thickness of the headliner varies from one car manufacturer to another. In order to provide a uniform pattern, and soft finish, most headliners have a tricot knit fabric, which is normally the finishing layer seen inside the vehicle. This fabric is adhered with melted polyurethane foam before being glued to the interior roof of the vehicle.

Replacement headliners are available,due to the factory installed headliner sagging,due to humidity, heat, and time. The headliner oxidizing,and turning yellow is a sign that the bond between the roof, the fabric, and the foam is failing. When sagging is noticed, the headliner may be replaced,or a temporary method, such as tacking the liner may be used. The manufacturers of late model vehicles have begun using high quality bonding methods,and often the headliner lasts the life span of the vehicle.

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Original Bow Headliner Style - During the 1900's, vehicle used a bow type of headliner system. This was done by using old the old days wood bow, and lafter metal bows, to create the arch effect, to keep fabric from falling down, while looking nice and fitly fitted against the vehicle roof. The bows to present more of a challenge, since in some cases you need to slide bow through the fabric, or be careful that you position the bow properly, so it won't look off-set. But if done right, looks great!

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Modern Fabric on a Headliner Board Style - As vehicle evolved, sound dampening was added to make the inside of a vehicle more quiet. To do this on a headliner didn't work, so a light board was designed to closely contour to the vehicle roof. The board material was then wrapped in fabric, to further quiet any outside noise, and resulted in a good clean look.

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Designed Styled Headliner Fabric hits the market - Since the 1970's, the headliner board style of covering has become the main stay for vehicles produced. But like everthing else, people want to personalize the vehicle, whether it's with unique designer patterns or to match their hobby, like the camo fabric pictured.


Replacing a headliner may seem like a chore, but in most cases, it's as simple as just changing the fabric the covers the headliner board in the interior of your vehicle. With the growth of personalized today today, changing your headliner is just another way to personalize your vehicle!

Tools Needed

  • Variety of screwdrivers, both phillips head and flat head types.
  • Other tools may be required, dependent on the year, make, and model of your vehicle.

Level of Expertise Needed

  • Some familiarity to the inside of a vehicle required.

How Do I Install This

  • First remove all obvious accessories, like sun visors, dome light, straps, coat hooks, and boardering trim panels, that interfere with having full access to your headliner.
  • Next, make sure you have lots of room when you pull down or angle out the headliner unit. If you have a vehicle since 1970, it most likely is using a one piece headliner board with fabric glued to it. When removing this unit, be careful to not damage the headliner board.
  • Now with your old unit out of the vehicle, strip the old material off it. Then, use a brush and clean off all excess residue to get a smoother finish.
  • You are now ready to apply the new headliner fabric with headliner adhesive. Make sure that you have extra fabric to wrap your headliner board in. Once you have the headliner fabric glued down and set, trim the access, but leave enough to wrap completely over the edges, then glue the fabric down too.
  • Once the adhesive has dried, you are ready to install. Just reverse the order on how you took out your headliner unit originally, and you are all set.

Related Items

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  • Headliner Adhesive

The car ceiling adhesive, simply known as headliner adhesive, is a safe compound to use with headliner boards. This adhesive can be used with any headliner board, and will provide a clean fabric look when adhering your headliner fabric.

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  • Headliner Saggy Stopper

The little saggy stoppers are a great way to fix unsightly headliner fabric sag. These are best used where being prefect isn't necessary. These stoppers can be inserted without taking the headliner board down, and are great for quick fix headliner solutions.

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Now with these fabric sun visor kits, you can dress up your sun visors to match your headliner too. Whether it's as a standard solid color, a designer pattern, or something that makes a statement about you, it's now easy to cross match your interior design.

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