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need advice on headliner

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I have a 26T coupe and want to install a new headliner. Have to remove the old one because there was a bulkhead in the front part for radio,CB,switches etc which I removed and the headliner stopped where the bulkhead began. The roof is a piece of plywood. I was wondering if I could use the foam-backed headliner material and glue it to something,maybe like cardboard and then glue the whole thing to the plywood. If so then what would be a good material to use instead of cardboard (or would that be OK), and what kind of glue should I use to glue the material with and what kind to glue to the plywood?
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If you have a solid plywood base attached to the roof, or more accurately, just under the roof of your vehicle, you can glue whatever you want to a piece of waterproof panel board , or PVC foamboard, and then glue that assembly to the base, and go from there.

As far as glue, you need to use a high heat resistant contact adhesive like DAP Weldwood top and trim adhesive for all of the gluing. No, the stuff for installing countertops at Lowes or Home Depot won't work.
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any idea where I can buy the waterproof panel board,or the PVC foamboard,and do they sell the adhesive in spray cans?
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You can get PVC foamboard at most sign shops. It goes by the brand names Sintra, Komatex, CelTec, and Palight. Black water proof panel board can be bought at an upholstery shop or upholstery supply or online. Here is a place to buy the glue, but I would not recommend using an aerosol to hold up an overhead application, you should use a bulk spray grade contact adhesive: ADHESIVE Here is a place to order panel board online: PANEL BOARD
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the site shows the panelboard as sold in 32X48 sheets,I need 48X50 does anyone sell it in bigger pieces? and the site for glue --shows a performance hi temp---is that the one you recomend?--I did a search on the DAP stuff for vinyl tops and only saw it in 5 gal cans
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The panel board also comes in 39" by 65" pieces, and the PVC foam board comes in 4' by 8' sheets. You'll have to find that locally or get it shipped to you by truck. The performance glue would be O.K. to glue the headliner material to the panel board or foam board, but you need the DAP spray grade to glue the panel board or foam board after it is covered to the plywood base. The DAP also comes in gallon cans: GALLON CAN Use a cheap HVLP spray gun from Harbor Freight. Check out this Wiki article: CONTACT ADHESIVE
The model # of the spray gun is 43760, and it costs under $20.
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was wondering if I could use thin plywood for a base --glue the material on it with the performance glue -then use liquid nails to bond the plywood to the existing plywood roof??
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Can you do that? Yes. Should you do that? I would not recommend it simply because the Liquid Nails will take a long time to set up and the bond you get from hanging upside down may not be very good without a good solid way to support the entire panel.

Maybe I can simplify this for you.........you can also brush the DAP contact adhesive on.
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what about this stuff?


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3-M Super Trim Adhesive - Is the perfect contact adhesive for virtually any trim application. Especially designed for bonding vinyl tops, heavyweight headliners and hood silencer pads where high strength and heat resistance are needed. Offers high immediate bond strength, excellent heat and water resistance, long bonding range (5 min to 1 hour) and more. Net wt. 19 ounce aerosol. One coat covers 15-20 sq.ft.
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There are no aerosols of any brand that are recommended for hanging something overhead. 3-M super trim adhesive will work fine, but not in aerosol form. It needs to be spray grade contact adhesive, which can also be brushed on.
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