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Old 10-01-2009, 04:15 PM
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Sealing an older headliner

Does anyone know what can be used to seal a stock headliner? I'm looking for something that will give me a surface that can be worked with but will enable me to repair a cracked or torn liner?
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:51 PM
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What exactly do you mean? Are you wanting to create a surface to put another headliner over? It would also help to know what year and brand of vehicle you are dealing with. Check out this thread and see if it's any help: CLICK HERE
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:13 PM
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I am working on about a 90 Cadillac. The board is really bad, but workable...I think.
I have been using typar to blend and smooth divots and cracks if they are small, this one was ugly, large cracks right smack in the center of it. It would appear the board is breaking down. I was looking for something to use as a sealer, so as to give some integrity to the surface.

I tried using resin, worked ok, but i am fearful it will cause too much weight.

Any ideas? Or should I have stuck to my guns and found a different board?
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:25 AM
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It's O.K. to try to repair a headliner board that is only broken at the edges or has small problems at the openings, but I think you will waste more time and money trying to repair the one you have than if you find another board. Good luck.
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Thank's for your input Dan, I value it greatly.
I was able to use a small amount of resin to seal it and then spanning the crack with typar and resin, two very, very thin coats. I have about 2 hours in it ( not including cure time), I would only use this process again if a replacement couldn't be had. It did in fact come out nice with nothing visible through the material. So I think the test was a sucess, I have been wanting to try it for a while now.
We'll see how long it last's, the customer is a good one and we do alot of work for him. this was his daily driver and he wanted it done cheap...LOL don't they all!
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I'm glad it worked out for you. Any time I get somebody who wants me to do something "as cheaply as possible" I always tell them "Sure. Just don't tell anybody where you had it done."
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