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Old 07-21-2004, 12:21 AM
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Glue On Headliner

This may be a dumb question, but can I take say foam, and glue it on car interior roof, (49 Chevy) and add material for a headliner. If it can be done this way, any tricks or ideas on how to do this? Thanks for your help in advance.

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I've done some headliner work. I don't see why that wouldn't work. It wouldn't be "easy" but you could make a paper pattern first. Tape it up there and cut it out. Then transfer it over to the foam. You could probably put the material on it first. Then glue up the whole thing. You will probably need some type of trim around the edges if there isn't already.
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I believe it would be better to make paper templates, then make cardboard pieces that fit up there; attach your foam and material to the cardboard and install that. That's what I'll be doing with my truck interior.

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Or make a fiberglass one-piece one like I did for my pickup. See my Journal.
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Old 07-21-2004, 02:42 PM
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if you use foam, use the damn best adhesive you can find. i could do a search and find out what it is, but i won't. only reason i bring it up, is going down the road at hiway speed with the windows down, will rip the cheap glued stuff right off.

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Also, especially on headliners where gravity is taking it's toll, regular adhesives won't hold ... heat also does lots to unglue regular adhesives.

3M Super Trim Adhesive #08090 will do the job.

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Alan gave the proper adhesive to use, don't be tempted to cheap out and use #77, that stuff will not hold worth a $#@^.

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I used floral foam to mold my headliner prior to laying up the fiberglass. If you take you time and do small sections at a time it can be done without making a terrible mess. I then took out the headliner and designed an attached console to house the stereo and hide the wires.
After all was completed, it was covered with leather.
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Great work, what body is your car?

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Thanks,
It is a steel car.
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I used floral foam to mold my headliner prior to laying up the fiberglass. If you take you time and do small sections at a time it can be done without making a terrible mess. I then took out the headliner and designed an attached console to house the stereo and hide the wires.
After all was completed, it was covered with leather.
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Totally awesome! . . . but floral foam?!?!? Weren't you buried in piles green 'popcorn' dust?
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The thickness of the floral foam varied but for the most part was not over a couple of inches thick. It was held in place with silicon adhesive then sanded to shape. It sands like chalk.
Prior to laying any fiberglass the entire form was carefully covered in a liberal coat of turtle wax and allowed to dry. The turtle wax works as a release agent.
After the many many strips of fiberglass were layed and cured the top will pop out.
The foam form can now be pulled out by hand with the exception of small areas around the silicon attachment points. These were cleaned with acetone.
Next a mold was made using the new fiberglass headliner. The mold was covered with a coat of white gel coat then 4 layers of 1oz. hand laid mat was laid and rolled out.
The final part only required trimming prior to test fitting and covering with material of your choice.
It was a lot of work but I am happy with my results.
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