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Old 03-04-2011, 03:44 PM
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Fiberglass headliner is done.

The headliner is done and installed. Added a little custom touch in the form of some raised flames just for fun. The headliner was sprayed with Dupilcolor Truck Bed Coating (the stuff in a spray can). I know a lot of people don't like Duplicolor products and I agree that I would not use this stuff on a truck bed but for a headliner it works very well. Also the reason I used this particular spray is that it is the only one I found that is paintable. If needed you can change color just by spraying Duplicolor's Vinyl color spray... which I did to dull the black color a bit.

Here is a before picture of the home made headliner.



Just for fun I added some raised flames. They are made from Luan and glued in place with high strength contact cement. The fillets were then made using JB Weld and finished with body filler before being coated. The luan was coated with a layer of glass resin as a sealer and then sanded with 80 grit to give it a good surface for the bed liner to adhere to. The valance cover will be painted body color and is in place just for the pictures. A metal cover hides the windshield wiper motor.




In order to get the proper texture you need to spray this stuff at twice the recommended distance (16"). Otherwise the texture will be too pronounced.
Here is a pic of the texture if sprayed at 16".



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Overall I'm pleased with how it came out. The nice thing is that because it is paintable I can touch it up if needed. The only thing I'm not happy about is that cleaning it requires a lint free cloth because the texture will grab lint when rubbed and then needs to be brushed in order to get the lint off... but that is a very minor problem. Total cost was about $25 in materials... not counting the fiberglass or my labor which definitely beats the cost of having it upholstered with vinyl... especially given the complex curves involved.

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Old 03-04-2011, 04:26 PM
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Now that turned out absolutely gorgeous..

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I really like that Centerline it turned out really good.


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Man !!!! Almost look's like you knew what you where doing...LOL Very nice Centerline...
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You saved yourself a ton of upholstery problems by doing it this way. That looks fabulous! Great job CL.
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Looks great too me, I might have to "borrow" this idea for our v8 bug - http://www.v8beetleresource.com

I used some of that spray on duplicolor bedliner to undercoat some hard to reach spots on the inside of the s10 frame on our bug after I sand blasted it and it seamed to work real well for that.
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Thanks for the comments guys. I figure I have a total of about 45 hours labor in making, fitting, and finishing this thing and I'm ready to move on to finishing the rest of the interior panels.

Stopped by my upholster day before yesterday to pick up a sample of the black vinyl he's using on my seat. He's had it for almost a month and as of a week ago hadn't had a chance to get started on it... but when we walked in this week he was finished with the bottom and working on the back. Its being done in two tone vinyl rolled and pleated and so far it looks outstanding. I'll have pics in a few days once he calls me to come pick it up.

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That is outstanding. The embossed flames are a great touch.
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Nice work!

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well done !
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That looks great Centerline! Very nice work. Gives me quite a few ideas for my '65
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you just reinforced my idea for my 81 firebird the rear panels are getting real brittle and i was thinking of spraying them. the headliner you did is sweet man the flames are a good touch
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Looks great
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