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Old 08-09-2008, 02:48 PM
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headliner installation suggestions

hi, im just wondering if anyone can give me some tips, tricks, suggestions, advice, and also some tools and products i could use for installing the headliner on my 65 buick skylark. the car has 5 bows if i remember correctly

thanks for your help!!

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Headliner bows

Get this book! HP Books Auto Upholstery and Interiors by Bruce Caldwell it has step by step pictures and tech on how to do this.I got mine on www.half.com if you don't find it there, Google it.
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Check this out

Check out this posting below. I just installed mine. It is still not "perfect", but close enough. Suggest buying new plastic bow holders if you can find them. I was able to use channell locks to squeeze the bows in the plastic holders on most of them, but not all. That is one of the toughest parts of the job! New ones would flex more I suspect.

http://www.chevelles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=161372

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Do a search here using "installing a headliner". There will be lots of good tips in the results of your search.
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spring steel metal office binder clips work fantastic for really securing the edge after stretching out the wrinkles....
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Do not get the bows out of order and put them back in the same holes they cam out of,get the center bow in and pull tight the rear and the front and then the sides. I use a heat gun to heat up the vinyl but a hair dryer might do,make sure you center the bows in the headliner and sand any rust off the bows so they will slide in the listings, Put back in all the crews for the visors,dome light and coat hooks so you can find them and when you get it looking good put it back togather. Jeff
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I second the binder clips. I think the medium size worked best (about 1/2" ) The small ones were too small and didn't hold as well. After the glue setsup up, you can replace the binder clips with small pieces of windlace. I did that so I didn't need 100 binder clips.
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After the glue sets up, you can replace the binder clips with small pieces of windlace.

When you say "windlace" are you referring to Jiffy Trim or Snap-On trim which is a "U" shaped product for covering bare edges?
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