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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old May 19th, 19, 8:41 AM Thread Starter
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Headliner Mildew Stains

Can you wash a headliner before installation? I was scheduled to install my headliner next week, but when I removed the headliner from the box to soak in the sun, I discovered some small mildew stains (see photo). Also, what pattern of material should a late 66 (April 66 Fremont) headliner be? Legendaryís site says Tiered, while Several other sites say Basketweave. (my car has a 2 tone fawn interior - code 712). My mildewed headliner was manufactured over 30 years ago (brand unknown), but the fabric pattern matches my original, while the patterns shown at the various sites donít match exactly. That why Iíd like to clean my 30 year old new one, if possible. Any insight from the experts would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old May 19th, 19, 9:29 AM
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Re: Headliner Mildew Stains

Not an expert, but my survivor 65's white headliner and visors were stained when I got it. Someone here recommended goop hand cleaner. I put a little on a damp micro fiber cloth. scrubbed a little and it looks near new.

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Re: Headliner Mildew Stains

Thanks for your reply. . .
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Re: Headliner Mildew Stains

That headliner is Tier Grain, did you get the stain out?
In a light colored headliner vinyl it might be permanently stained.
The problem of installing a 30 year ole headliner with mildew it has already weakened the thread and starting to rot.
Get a new one..

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old May 26th, 19, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Headliner Mildew Stains

Thanks, guys ! Buying a new headliner is not as easy as it sounds. None of the larger headliner suppliers, including Legendary, PUI, TMI and even James Hinshaw offer a 66 headliner in fawn. All suggested that I contact SMS in Oregon to see if they have any fawn material, but all thought it was doubtful. I finally found a fawn headliner option at Ausleyís and ordered it, but so far the order is listed as backordered and Iím fearful that Iíll be receiving a cancellation message in the near future. In the meantime, Iím planning to contact a dry cleaner and possibly a few fabric stores to see if they have any thoughts on cleaning my new 30 year old headliner. I really want to get my car finished this summer, but donít want to install a headliner more than once. Iíll let everybody know if I come up with a solution.
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BTW - I was surprised to learn that thereís some disagreement on what pattern of material was used in 66. Several of the companies claim it was Tiered and others claim basket weave. My car (April 66 Fremont) definitely was built with Tiered, but the pattern is slightly different from the tiered offered by the suppliers today. Maybe it varied by plant, time frame, etc., but I donít know for sure. For me, either fabric type is fine as long as itís fawn colored.
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Re: Headliner Mildew Stains

Who's suggesting SMS? Have they ever dealt with SMS? If you go SMS, don't pay, wait till they your pull the product, have it ready to ship, then pay. They have a LONG history of ignoring the customer and if they do communicate, they make false promises. BUYER BEWARE! Search "SMS reviews", it's very sobering.
Now, if you deal with Cars, which have a great reputation for providing rare fabrics, question where they purchase their fabrics. If it's SMS, make sure you establish a timeline guarantee.
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Re: Headliner Mildew Stains

Heres a hint, Take the mildewed headliner to a Auto Upholstery shop, they can order the vinyl headlining and make you a new one.
You don't have to rely on Mail order suppliers.


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BTW - I was surprised to learn that thereís some disagreement on what pattern of material was used in 66. Several of the companies claim it was Tiered and others claim basket weave. My car (April 66 Fremont) definitely was built with Tiered, but the pattern is slightly different from the tiered offered by the suppliers today. Maybe it varied by plant, time frame, etc., but I donít know for sure. For me, either fabric type is fine as long as itís fawn colored.
My car is 4th week of April (04D trim tag), Fremont-built... It has "Tiered" pattern. (had, as I removed it a few months ago).

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