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post #256 of 280 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 16, 11:31 PM
 
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I'm doing the HL in my 72. There's quite a bit of glue residue on the 'tac strips' from the factory. These strips are only held in with screws. I'm wondering if I can remove these to clean up or how have you guys done / used to get the old glue off? I've read every post I this thread, saw about every video made on bow style headliner installation..... Taking my time, and finally attempting it.
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I took them all down and numbered them as I went around the car, and also numbered the framework for the roof above them, so I'd know where they went upon reassembly. Then I chucked a wire brush wheel in my drill press-( a hand drill works too, just harder to manage)
Basically I took off most of the dried up glue, but it wasn't perfect.

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Ok I have my new legendary headliner up with bows and clips in place (no glue yet) on my 70. I just can't seem to get it as tight as I would like it. Should I worry about that or will it tighten up a lot when it gets hot. My garage is only 65 degrees right now and I have read some people recommend to heat the interior/headliner while stretching it into place. I assumed the headliner will shrink when it gets hot but maybe not.

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Ok I have my new legendary headliner up with bows and clips in place (no glue yet) on my 70. I just can't seem to get it as tight as I would like it. Should I worry about that or will it tighten up a lot when it gets hot. My garage is only 65 degrees right now and I have read some people recommend to heat the interior/headliner while stretching it into place. I assumed the headliner will shrink when it gets hot but maybe not.
Did you mean shrink when it gets cold? I don't know if any material will shrink when it gets hot.

I don't know if this will help or not, but I put a ceramic space heater inside my trunk as I was prepping the car for paint. i brought the metal up to 80 deg on a 50 deg day. Also, Harbor Freight makes a 12V defroster, you can pop that in there and let it run for a few hours on a 12v supply and have the car all closed up. A few hours should give you the answer. Your own def could work too, but that would require a running engine.
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I thought the same thing. Most material expands as it gets hot and contracts when it gets cold. However I watched some headliner installations where they were using a heat gun to get the wrinkles out so that tells me the heat is shrinking the material.

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Or maybe it is just relaxing the material allowing the wrinkles to flatten out...like a steamer does for clothes.
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Great write up! Thanks for taking the time.
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Finishing up my 70 today. Ill post pics later. tips my 70 Chevelle is totally different then my 69 Camaro that took 4 hors start to total finish. all day on the 70 no where near done. Yes remove all those metal clips along all edges and scotch brite them and clean off all old glue. Then re install. I laid mine out for a week on the dinning room table, then for 2 days on a flat table in my garage and still needed a steamer and a heat gun. There were no clips with the sail panel from PMI so we are trying glue and wrapping edges. Ill finish the story tomorrow with more info.
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Discovered I needed 2 vertical rubber interior weather strips just in front of the sail panels. NO one offers them as part of there kits? Interior is almost done. I need to install those 2 rubbers 1st then reattach the rubber covered steel windlace on those curved edges. Rear seat cardboard some insulation the 2 plastic bottom arm rest fillers and seat back and bottom. Then shes 100%. Pics soon.
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This has inspired me to do it myself. Since it is a wagon it is about twice the size of a 2 door car. At least I will not have the sail panel area to deal with Have not removed it from the box yet, is there a front and rear edge to the headliner? Need to get this in so the glass can be installed.
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This has inspired me to do it myself. Since it is a wagon it is about twice the size of a 2 door car. At least I will not have the sail panel area to deal with Have not removed it from the box yet, is there a front and rear edge to the headliner? Need to get this in so the glass can be installed.
usually you can tell the front from the back by the spacing of the bows. the ones in the front are usually farther apart than the rear... but of course not sure in a wagon.

PUI headliners they usually mark the centerline and mark the front.

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Thanks, it is a PUI headliner.

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I think the most important thing you can do is to spread it out and heat it up ahead of time to eliminate the folds & creases.

Normally i like to put them in the clothes dryer on hot for about 5 mins... but with one that big i'm not sure. Might still be worth a shot. Those creases are a PAIN to work out later if you don't get them out first.

If you have a clothes steamer that can also work well to heat it up. Makr yourself a little a-frame to support and spread out the material, then steam the creases from the back side.

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Re: Headliner install write-up

I will be installing mine here in the next week. I am finishing up on some minor body work. I got most of the wrinkles out of mine by going ahead and installing the bows, trimming the bow sleeves back enough to pull it fairly tight, then put several of the clips on to hold it. It has been that way for about 3 months now and all of the creases/wrinkles are gone. I do have the luxury of it just sitting in the garage without the glass in it. I will pull it back out before i finish the paint next week and reinstall/glue everything before setting the glass. I am using the landau top HHR glue on mine. I have used it on dash pad vinyl etc and it work MUCH better than any of the aerosol products hands down. I also have an upholstery steamer that I used when I made my new seat upholstery in order to fine tune the area above the sail panels.

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