Headliner Conversion Kit
Heat, moisture, and time.all these have something to do with the headliner losing its tight bond with your car's ceiling. Little bubbles may soon appear until a portion of the headliner hangs off the ceiling, unglued. To fix the sagging headliner, some folks do crazy stuff. There's tucking in the loose parts with thumbtacks that will eventually come out or pins that also won't work out. Spraying it with adhesive may sound like a good plan. But like the other quick fixes, you can't bet on the headliner to stay on for long this way. The best thing you can do in this situation is to replace the whole thing. If you want to give your old and shabby interior a makeover, a headliner conversion kit can do the trick.
Getting a headliner conversion kit
The headliner not only protects the ceiling but also provides the much-needed insulation for the car interior. And do not forget how a smooth and tear-free headliner can make the inside of the car look neat and well. So if you were to use a headliner conversion kit for customization or restoration, you have to be absolutely sure what you really need.
To help you out, here are some things you ought to know about the different conversion kits.
Type of headliner conversion kit
The different conversion kits you'll find will let you restore your vintage car's bow-type headliner or even switch to a more modern headliner. You'll find kits that are specially designed for headliners that are hanging from bows or supported by metal rods. With a conversion kit, you have the option to retain the original headliner look of vintage vehicles or restyle your car with custom headliner pieces. The headliner may come in different types of fabric and material such as synthetic, foam-backed, or cotton-napped cloth, perforated vinyl, and vinyl with texture. Whether you end up with a universal or bow-type adapter kit, you have to get a specific type of headliner that is designed to fit and match the interior styling of your vehicle.
Not all conversion kits can be installed the same way. Some kits come with a trim-to-fit headliner that can be installed with just common tools. You won't have to sew or use a heat shrinking equipment just to make sure everything fits. In some vehicles, the headliner can be installed with or without the factory-installed headliner board, while others will just need to have the old headliner material pulled off from the board. In some headliner kits designed with metal bow rods and bracket supports, a bit of drill work is needed for headliner installation. These kits may come with sewn pockets for the rods and can be installed with the existing hardware. In some cases, glue isn't even needed. Knowing how the headliner will be installed will give you an idea which headliner conversion kit will best suit your skills as a home mechanic or DIYer.
Aside from getting a detailed walkthrough on how the headliner can be installed, you also have to check what's included in the kit, if it comes complete with clips, flex bow supports, tape, metal adhesive application brush, aluminum channels, or finishing tool. Also consider other important features and details such as the type of fabric used, the color of the headliner, and if the size allows you to easily wrap it around the edges of the sunroof or dome lights.