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A 355nation (MTS) presented by
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Project Name
How To: Reupholster Your Headliner

Project Description
Reupholster your headliner with suede or any other material for a new and custom look.

Skill Level
Moderate

Project Vehicle
Make: GMC
Model: Canyon
Year: 2005
Engine: 3.5L
Transmission: Automatic
Power windows: Yes
Sun Roof: No


Tools/Materials Needed
Suede Fabric
Screwdrivers
Fabric Spray Glue
Scissors


Project Time
1.5-2 Hours

Project Cost
Less than $50.

Step 1. Take down all your interior pieces that are holding the headliner up
- handles, plugs, coat hanger (watch for the back piece underneath the headliner), etc...
- pull off your pillars (grab from the top and yank, they will just pop off)
- pull the other paneling along the headliner off grabbing from the top...also should just pop right off

Step 2. Remove headliner from vehicle and place on a larger size table giving yourself plenty of room to work with.


Step 3. Pick the fabric off of the corner of headliner and pull back at a shape angle. The fabric should be able to come off all in one piece...it was so simple compared to others i have done!
- see above picture background...that back panel is the OE fabric!

Step 4. Clean off the headliner and make sure you don't have any little threads left loose on it.

Step 5. Lay fabric over the headliner and place it all where you think it should go.


Step 6. Use a good adhesive to hold fabric well. I used 3M general trim adhesive
(You can get it at Wal-mart $9.88 a can, one can should do)


Step 7. Work the fabric on SLOWLY starting from the middle, work forward, then front, then sides, then rear (at least that helped me doing it that way).

Step 8. Let it dry for an bit (go eat something lol) make sure no fabric feels loose afterwards.

Step 9. Tuck back excess fabric. Ideally you'll have like 4-6" hanging over in case you have to adjust it down the road.

Step 10. If your fabric won't stretch super well like mine did, get it the best you can and then fold and sew where need be. I did the back corners and you can hardly tell...

Heres the old headliner. Behind it is the OE fabric. It came off SUPER easy. Never done a headliner that came off so smooth.


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Re: my adventures with suede

man i just realized that photo looks messed up. the way you rub the material right and left and make it dark/light makes it look funny. and it looks almost purple in that photo...my camera is a cheaper one so it exposes horrible; those ceiling pieces all look diff colors but theyre all the same except the overhead console is a couple shades off from the stock peices...its def a deep gray color headliner just so nobody questions that.
 

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Re: my adventures with suede

thanks!
 

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Re: my adventures with suede

Looks real good

I'm considering doing my door inserts in suede
 

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Re: my adventures with suede

Looks sweet man, did you think of leaving extra material the whole way around so if the adhesive goes bad down the road you can peel it up and re-apply?

I know with mine the dude who did it left about 6-7 inchs of extra material the whole way around to make sure it could be fixed in the future if it starts to sag.
 

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Re: my adventures with suede

I might have my grandpa hook me up...he is an upholsterer and I believe he could do this no problem
 

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Looks great! If it was not for the visors I would have already done this! Looks killer. Did you see the write up in the most current TRUCKIN' magazine on how to do flames, stars or any other design under the material to make it look 3D? You should check it out. I want to do a flamed headliner in mine.
 

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:yup: :werd3: Looks good
 

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Re: my adventures with suede

thanks for all the compliuments

zna, def didnt even think of that. if it sags i should be able to stretch it back to were it fits tho...i hope?!

and man dont tempt me with the door inserts haha. if i have enough material left over after the visors are done im DEF gonna have to do that...
 

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Re: HOW-TO: reupholster your headliner / adventures with suede

had about a yard of fabric left even after the headliner and visors so i went and did my door inserts. they were a HUGE BITCH. and they arent held in by clips or anything to i ended up shaving off the plastic parts that hold it on and used gorilla tape and a few zip ties to hold it all together. huge pita but came out AWESOME:

 

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Re: HOW-TO: reupholster your headliner / adventures with suede

man that looks kicks ass

i like what you are doing with your interior

keep up the good work
 

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Re: HOW-TO: reupholster your headliner / adventures with suede

me like.. looks good especially for being on a budjet.. great job
 
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lookin good.. i wish i had the time for this mod...
 
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