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12-04-2013 07:14 PM
jmt455 Great thread, Dan.
Very nice job on that headliner.

Also: This is a nice tip, too. Not something I would have thought to do.
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Originally Posted by DanTwoLakes View Post
No, I don't back stitch them. I sew the perimeter line in and then start from the perimeter line and sew across. I leave the thread extra long at each end and then pull the thread through to the back side and tie them off. That makes the whole thing much neater.
12-04-2013 12:11 PM
49willard Edited wrong thread
02-16-2013 12:51 PM
AFX Looks good. Thanks for the tip.
02-16-2013 12:40 PM
DanTwoLakes
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Originally Posted by wernerupholstery View Post
Dan nice work great pictures. Where do you buy Palight panels from ? I have a 33 Plymouth coming in soon for interior.
Tom
You can buy PVC foamboard from a sign shop or a sheet plastic supplier. It comes in 4' by 8' sheets for around $30. It goes by the brand names Komatex, Sintra, CelTec, and Palight. I'm sure there are other brand names , these are just the ones I've come across.
02-16-2013 12:38 PM
DanTwoLakes No, I don't back stitch them. I sew the perimeter line in and then start from the perimeter line and sew across. I leave the thread extra long at each end and then pull the thread through to the back side and tie them off. That makes the whole thing much neater.
02-16-2013 09:14 AM
AFX Hi Dan; I've got a question on the headliner. When you did the parallel lines do you back stitch ? When I've done them the edges get sewn under and hidden.
02-16-2013 08:25 AM
wernerupholstery Dan nice work great pictures. Where do you buy Palight panels from ? I have a 33 Plymouth coming in soon for interior.
Tom
02-16-2013 08:18 AM
DanTwoLakes They do make Pli-Grip in two different weights and a urethane foam padding with self adhesive made to stick on it also.
02-16-2013 08:13 AM
Hotrodr56 Thanks Dan,

I've had a roll of pli-grip laying around but was never satisfied with the rough edge it left. Bonding it to PVC or plywood is an idea I never considered. I've been using 1/4" plywood for my strips and just stuffing the headliner really tight up inside. This will help hold better and not require all the muscle work to keep it in there.
02-15-2013 01:27 PM
sedanbob Nice tutorial, and good example of how to work with what you have and adapt to achieve a nice result.
02-15-2013 01:19 PM
DanTwoLakes O.K., this is Pli-Grip. It is made out of a thin sheet metal and is made to curve around any shape, usually on the outside back of a piece of upholstered furniture, where it is butted up to a welt and stapled to the wood frame. You push the fabric in under the teeth, and then flatten it down making the teeth grab and hold the fabric. It comes in long rolls and is "L" shaped. Every upholstery shop should have some around.

For this job you have to bend it so it is flat. You simply cut the shape of the door opening and staple the Pli-Grip teeth side down to the PVC foamboard. It should be thicker than what is used for a panel to hold its shape better and have enough thickness to staple to, usually 1/4" thick. You can also cut the shape out of plywood, or if you have metal working skills, cut it out of light steel and punch diamond shapes all around the edge of the shape you cut, in which case you don't need the Pli-Grip. This is then screwed to the area above the door opening. When you install your headliner, the excess fabric is trimmed off and pushed up under the shaped piece and under the teeth of the Pli-Grip. The teeth will hold the headliner in place. When you have the headliner fabric in place the way you want it, take a rubber mallet or dead blow hammer and tap the strip down to engage the teeth even more.
02-15-2013 12:32 PM
DanTwoLakes You would attach the Pli-Grip to the foamboard. It is metal, so you'd need to staple it. I will mock up a sample to show you.
02-15-2013 10:11 AM
Hotrodr56 Thanks for the reply Dan. This brings up another question Do you attach the pli-grip to the pvc board first or to the car itself and cover it with the board? What is your preferred method (fastener) to attach the pli-grip?
02-15-2013 10:00 AM
DanTwoLakes PVC foamboard. I generally use two layers and attach some Pli-Grip which has teeth to hold the headliner cloth.
02-15-2013 09:17 AM
Hotrodr56
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Now that the headliner board is installed and secured to the truck, the next step is spraying the back of the vinyl and the attaching area with contact adhesive. I did this in two coats, the first coat I let dry overnight, and the second coat I re-applied to both areas the next morning. The glue had dried overnight to the point that it was no longer usable. Fortunately, re-applying the contact adhesive will re-activate it. I did this because the glue was soaking into the backing on the vinyl, and I wanted the first coat to act as a sealer.

Normally, I would have put windlace around the door openings, made gripper strips in the shape of the door openings, and then stuffed the excess headliner fabric up under the gripper strips. I could not do this because I didn't have enough fabric either to make windlace, or have enough extra around the perimeter to tuck under. Also, there was no place to attach the windlace down the "A" pillar to the bottom of the door opening. Instead, I made panels from foamboard, 1/8" sewfoam, and vinyl over the top. I screwed these panels in because the rest of the interior had been done that way. Here is the finished headliner.
Nice work Dan. I was wondering, when you use windlace and make gripper strips to fit the openings what material do you use for the gripper strips? Thanks
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