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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old Jan 19th, 08, 8:44 PM Thread Starter
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Getting wrinkles out of headliner

The new headliner has alot of wrinkles. Just couldn't get it right without wrinlkles. Can we use a heat gun to help take some of them out? Try to post pics, here goes:

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old Jan 19th, 08, 9:30 PM
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Re: Getting wrinkles out of headliner

Mark I wouldn't use a heat gun, it's pretty easy to melt the headliner (guess how I know). It seems like you have more wrinkles than usual. Did you cut the listings on the pockets back a few inches before install? I looks like the listings aren't able to be pulled enough to the edges which would remove the wrinkles at the bows. I have had good luck taking out minor wrinkles with a steamer. I wouldn't use any heat on the sail panels since that would affect whatever glue is attaching the fabric to the sail panel, thus creating more wrinkles. Hate to say this, but you might need to back track and try to get more of the wrinkles out by doing some more pulling so you can get a better result.
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Re: Getting wrinkles out of headliner

Sometimes leaving the car sit outside on a warm sunny day will help with removing wrinkles from a recently installed headliner.
Don't use a heatgun....that material is mostly vinyl and will probably look worse after using a gun.

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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 08, 2:31 PM Thread Starter
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Sometimes leaving the car sit outside on a warm sunny day will help with removing wrinkles from a recently installed headliner.
Don't use a heatgun....that material is mostly vinyl and will probably look worse after using a gun.
Bill:

Good tip but this is Central New York. The warm sunny day for this year is scheduled for August 8th. We may have one on July 24th as well but that one is optional. I'll put it on on my calendar to park the car outside that day. Like Steve said, unfortunately we may have to back track. Oh well, have to chalk it up to a learning experience.

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Bill:

Good tip but this is Central New York. The warm sunny day for this year is scheduled for August 8th. We may have one on July 24th as well but that one is optional.

I understand...believe me I do.
It was 18 degrees here this AM. Never got out of the 30's. But, the sun was out.
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post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 08, 6:01 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Getting wrinkles out of headliner

Yeah Bill even when it is not so nice weather in Georgia it is still nice. It's about 10 here with a sub zero wind chill and 20 miles north they are getting 3 feet of snow. Talked to my new potential boss on Friday and he is okay with me working from a remote location. Maybe this will all work out. The Athens area or McDonough area is looking good right now. Now I gotta get the Chevelle done.

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post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 08, 10:14 AM
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Re: Getting wrinkles out of headliner

You can use a blow dryer(hair dryer) to get some of the wrinkles out,but it look's to me that it is not pulled tight enough on the side's.
If you do use any type of heat on the headliner be very careful,as posted before you can melt the headliner.With the blow dryer it wont get as hot as a heat gun will,but it will do the job with less chance of melting the headliner as long as you do not hold it in one place too long.

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You can park it all day in the sun on Fathers Day, at the Prison City show. I have only done 1 headliner, that was on my 65. It looked like yours at one point. Looks like you will definitly need to do some more pulling out to the edges. I can't imagine that amount of wrinkle will resolve with heat. It's sooo cold right now that I would make sure the interior is warm, before you try to stretch the liner.

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Re: Getting wrinkles out of headliner

Looks like the verdict has been made. I will pull on it some more.
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Search for the headliner post... it's a sticky. Great pics and instructions.
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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 08, 8:22 PM
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need to pull it tighter, you might have to trim back the bow channel a little so it can slide more towards the way you pull it.

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Re: Getting wrinkles out of headliner

The pro's use steam to shink the wrinkles out. I'm sure some of those wrinkles would go away with steam but I don't think they all would. I'm with the rest of the gang here, I would stretch it some more. Your ear muffs have wrinkles too! Those should have been done on the bench and shouldn't have any wrinkles before installation. This is not all bad since 90% of the readers here wouldn't tackle a headliner job in the first place and you did and you just about got it right. Just a little more time on this one and you will have mastered it!
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steam will get out creases, not loose wrinkles like those. Its simply not pulled tight enough. Easy fix

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The pro's use steam to shink the wrinkles out. I'm sure some of those wrinkles would go away with steam but I don't think they all would. I'm with the rest of the gang here, I would stretch it some more. Your ear muffs have wrinkles too! Those should have been done on the bench and shouldn't have any wrinkles before installation. This is not all bad since 90% of the readers here wouldn't tackle a headliner job in the first place and you did and you just about got it right. Just a little more time on this one and you will have mastered it!


I use both steam and a heat gun,but like everybody has posted no amount of heat or steam will get those wrinkles out.

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post #15 of 27 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 08, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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The pro's use steam to shink the wrinkles out. I'm sure some of those wrinkles would go away with steam but I don't think they all would. I'm with the rest of the gang here, I would stretch it some more. Your ear muffs have wrinkles too! Those should have been done on the bench and shouldn't have any wrinkles before installation. This is not all bad since 90% of the readers here wouldn't tackle a headliner job in the first place and you did and you just about got it right. Just a little more time on this one and you will have mastered it!
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