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headliner wrinkles/ Heat gun?

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This is my first headliner, and it came out fairly well. Will these wrinkles over the back window disappear with a little help from a heat gun? I have it all windalced in, so if I cant heat gun it, Im gonna leave it. Please look at the pics, and help if you can.
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I doubt if they will come out. The liner neets to be re-stretched tighter side to side.
Next time. Leave the liner stretched out in the sun a couple of days before install.
Install on a very warm day. Lightly wet the back side with water along the bow ends and corners. Once stretched, heat with heat gun/hair dryer and wrinkles will go away before you install trim..
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A properly installed headliner won't have any wrinkles. The heat gun should be a last resort, and it's not a magic wand, it won't take out large wrinkles. Heating or warming up a headliner ahead of time is a waste of time, it will cool off before you can get it back to the car to install it. Wetting the back of the headliner only makes it wet.

The biggest mistake most first timers make is not cutting back the listings a few inches at each end. If the listings are too long for the bows, and 99% of them are, they bunch up at the bow's curved ends, which makes the headliner wrinkle and you can't stretch the headliner side to side enough to get the wrinkles out. This headliner needs to be stretched more toward the rear window as well.

Check out this thread: HEADLINER TUTORIAL
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Thanks for the info guys. I did cut the listings after watching several tutorials on the subject, but I definately see now that i should have gone further. Seems the heat gun would be an excercise in futility, so since I have a lot more of the interior to go, i have to decide either to leave it or redo the entire back end of it.
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headliner wrinkles

Hey Guys,
Anyone who is interested.... I just recieved my Nov. 2011 isue of Street Rodder Magazine, and they did a pictorial/story on installing a headliner on a 49 Chev 4 door sedan. It has a boatload of info. on who sells them, and hints on installation. I havent looked, but they often post how tos online at www.streetrodder.com
Hope this helps somebody ! Rick
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factory de -wrinkling

In the factory the headliner material was cotton backed. They used to stick a steam hose from the trunk area up into the c pilar area and turn on a dry steam pipe. Dry steam was reheated near the use point. the heat and the moisture would shrink the cotton backing, If you got the steam pipe in the wrong area you could burn-blow thru the material. wet steam would be dripping when it came out the end of the pipe. In the mornings the guy would purge the lines blowing a cloud in the area.
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Yes, the original headliners were like felt, with a very high cotton content, and could be shrunk with steam or just a light mist of water. Too much water could stain the material.
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