Original Poster: Korey89
Difficulty: 3 out of 10
Time to install: 2 hours (including headliner removal/reinstallation)
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Brief Explanation: Alright, so I’ve been seeing talk of people redoing their headliners in suede but not too much actual information on how to do it or what products to use. So here is how to correctly recover your headliner in suede. The headliner comes out very easy, remove all the trim around it and the grab handles, light, visors etc as well as a little plastic push pin on each side.
Phillips head screwdriver
Trim removal tool
Foam backed suede headliner
The first thing we need is materials. I can’t stress enough how important it is to you QUALITY material. There is a lot of spray adhesives out there that won’t hold the headliner in place and it will sag. I recommend buying everything from Your Auto Trim Store . They carry special glue which is made for this and is much better quality than any others I have used before. The material is also made specific for headliner use. It is a foam backed suede so it looks better and is much easier to use than non-foam backed. It feels great and the charcoal matches my interior perfect. I ordered 3 yards to have a little extra for some other parts as well.
Now position the headliner somewhere that you will have room to work and where glue overspray won’t be an issue. You will notice that I didn’t remove my old headliner material. It was in good shape and not separating at all, if yours is separating or messed up you will need to fully remove all of it.
Next we need to lay the suede over the headliner to figure out how much is needed. Be sure to press the suede down so it is touching the headliner and then give yourself a good 6-8″ around the edges.
Some people like to do the entire headliner at once, but this can be a lot harder. Personally I like to do it in two halfs. So fold half of your headliner back.
Now begin spraying the glue. You need to spray both halves and then let them setup for 2 minutes before you apply them to each other. If you don’t let it setup it will separate. The glue cans have an adjustable spray amount as well, I found this very cool and used the widest setting.
Press it down and then repeat on the other side. You want to work from the center out. If you get any wrinkles peel the suede up, pull and stretch it tight, then restick it. I had a couple and doing that made them go away.
Now carefully flip the headliner over. Then you want to trim the excess down to about 2-3″ and glue it to the backside of the headliner. You will need to make some relief slits in the corners and other bended areas. Also cutout any openings, I used an Exacto knife to do it.
Headliner is complete! Now reinstall and enjoy. If you choose to change your headliners color I would recommend using SEM brand interior trim paint to make the grab handles and other items match.
As you can see they offer the headliner in four colors. I chose “charcoal” for mine since I wanted to match my stock charcoal interior.
Here is the link to the suede headliner material:
Suede Headliner (Foam Backed)
And the spray adhesive:
Performance Hi-Temp Trim Spray Adhesive