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Attaching sail panels after headliner is installed

I have researched headliner installation and pretty sure that I have plan. I do have a question about attaching the sail panels after I staple the headliner to the tack strips back and front. The old ones that I removed were just tacked to the strip. The material hid the heads of the tack. I plan to cover the panels with a smooth material and don't want nails/tacks/staples to show. Not sure if velcro would hold. Contact cement?


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There are a number of ways to attach your sail panels without the fasteners showing. One way is to blind staple the sail panel to the tacking strip. This is accomplished by tacking the back side of the top of the cloth to the tack strip and stapling in a piece of cardboard tacking strip to hold a straight line. then fold the cloth down and finish attaching the sail panel. Another is by using pli-grip or flex-grip stapled to the tack strip. With this method, you tuck the top of the cloth over a piece of metal stripping that has teeth to hold the cloth, and fold the metal up to close it. If you'd like to see a picture of this stuff, just ask.

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You didn't say what kind of vehicle. If you have flat areas behind the sail panel, you can use an adhesive like liquid nails to hold it in place. Then the leading edge is usually rolled around the lip of the C pillar and locked into place with the edge trim. Or velcroe tabs on the backside. On some custom applications, where the sail panel has been padded, I have used Frog clips/Christmas tree panel fasteners to hold them in place.
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