Remove overhead trim in the following order:
1. Remove sunvisors, dome light, coat hangers, seat belt anchors and map
lamp if present.
2. Front molding (across top of windshield). Rock gently with pliers
3. Rear moldings (across top of rear window). Use flat blade screwdriver
to locate clips and gently pry down to release.
4. Moldings over doors. Rock gently with pliers to release.
5. Rear quarter moldings. Remove screws at top to release. (No need
to remove panel completely to remove headliner).
6. Front pillars. Remove Philips head screws to remove.
7. If sunroof is present, remove the assembly around the sunroof, latch
and snap on trim.
8. Remove headliner from car.
A clean workbench is recommended for the following procedures. Care
must be taken not to fracture the headliner board during these next
Preparing the headliner board:
In order for the new fabric to bond properly to the headliner board, all
remnants of the old foam and fabric must be removed. Some areas, if
not all, of the headliner fabric have probably started to separate from
the headliner board. If the fabric does not readily peel away from the
board use a stiff bristle (household type) scrub brush in a circular
motions to break down and clear away the remaining foam. Be very careful
not to peel away layers of the headliner board itself when peeling the
If areas of the board are fractured it may be necessary to rebuild it
with duct tape applied to the backside of the board. If the duct tape
does not seem to stick well, spray the area to be taped with contact
cement for better adhesion. A whiskbroom should remove the final traces
of dust. Test the prepared surface by gently rubbing your hand over
it. You should not see or feel any traces of the old foam back material
on the board. If duct tape does not restructure the foundation of the
headliner board, layers of very thin cardboard may be cut and layered
on top of each other using contact cement until the board is adequately
Applying headliner fabric to the headliner board:
Note the centerline drawn on the back of the fabric. For ease of installation,
a centerline should be drawn on the headliner board with a pencil or
chalk for a quick reference point. The contact adhesive must be applied
both to the headliner board and to the backside of the fabric. Apply
adequate amounts of adhesive to insure a good bond. However, keep the
can moving steadily when applying to prevent any puddling up of the
adhesive. Allow a few minutes after applying the adhesive for it to
start to set up (it should get tacky to the touch). Then fold the fabric
in half along the centerline (glue side out). Carefully align the centerline
on the fabric with the centerline on the board. Gently apply the fabric
to the board from the centerline out stretching the fabric slightly,
but not overly tight, to avoid wrinkles. Be very careful not to press
on the fabric over the board until the glue is dry as the wet glue will
stick the foam together and leave finger or hand prints in the material.
A wide paint roller can be used to apply the fabric.
a few inches of excess fabric to be hanging over the edges of the board.
Trim this excess fabric flush with the edge of the board. Note the cutouts
in headliner board for sunvisor mounts, dome light and seatbelt anchors.
Trim headliner fabric out of these cutouts, leaving approximately 1/2"
of fabric extending out from the edges of the cutouts, toward the center
of the hole. Upon completion, allow the board to set for two hours to
insure a good bond, then replace the headliner in the car by reversing
the steps above.