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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:50 AM
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Kenny's Headliner thread.

Well I've finally done it. I've decided to undertake the "monumental" task of reupholstering my droopy, saggy, disgusting headliner. That all said, I have no idea what I'm doing and most of the DIYs I've seen, seem to be lacking in actual step by step process. I'll probably foul this up pretty badly.

I bought 3 yards by 57 inches of "navy blue comfort suede" and at first glance it really doesn't look quite like the correct material but, I bought it, so I'm using it.

I've also got a bottle of 3M super 74 Orange foam spray adhesive.

SO the materials are here but now I have to dismantle the interior and remove the headliner, easier said than done on the sedan.

I'm a bit impatient and I don't like to wait for help, so I'll most likely try to do this myself as soon as there's a warm enough day this week to do it.


My questions for you, Bimmerfest are: How many people does this take, or will I be okay doing it myself? Should I just put the material over the headliner after I've sprayed it and then smooth it out, and once it's on, cut off the extra material? Am I using the right material? How long does it have to set before I can put it back in the car? How do you get the old upholstery off of the pillars?
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:02 AM
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I like Navy blue, it breaks up the entirely black interior but doesn't show dirt and grease as much as dove grey.

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There's these pics that I took Ken when I did mine a couple years ago if they help.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:12 AM
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There's these pics that I took Ken when I did mine a couple years ago if they help.
It gives me an idea of what I'll be doing, that's for sure. Did you sand the headliner first? once the adhesive was laid down how did you spread out the fabric, and how much should I leave on the edges to wrap over?
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I didn't sand it, I used scotch pads (green scrubbies if you've worked in a restaurant) I spread the fabric by hand and to make sure it was smooth I used a plastic putty knife (one of the ones you use for spreading fibreglass/bondo etc). For the edge I left 2" all around so that there was plenty to tuck behind. That edge I tacked down with more adhesive, but only after everything else was completely cured and ready to go in.
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As most that viewed my threads know, I just redid my headliner, my rear deck, and all my pillars. First an foremost, your pillars have to be removed, and as most e36ers know.. they ve been baking in the sun and are very brittle. Be extremely careful when removing them, or they either wont go back on and stay or they wont fit tight all the way; causing [more] rattles.. Especially the c pillars.

Also be careful when removing the headliner... try not to bend or crease it.
Remove the old fabric then use a stiff bristled brush to remove the deteriorated foam the old fabric left.
Scotch pads work for the really tough areas.

The fabric you got is dual layer but not foam backed. This maybe problematic with glue seepage, if you spray too much in one area.
From the back of the headliner to the middle is the easiest, only concaves here are near the sides. The front is a whole other story. That is the part you need an extra set of hands for.
The curves around the visors and sunroof motor are a pain. I hope that fabric has SOME stretch or give.
And yes, as said above... leave enough fabric to wrap around the edges, especially the back and front edges.
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Not to piss on your parade but I think navy blue won't have enough contrast to black and will just make it look faded or like the wrong shade of black. Jussayin'

And I have no idea how you got that out in ten minutes. Color me impressed.

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The coners/curves are the hardest part. Do work from the middle outwards.

For the openings for lights/oh****handles, poke a hole with knife and cut an x and wrap around. Use a lot of glue to secure the triangles to the backside.
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i'm waiting for the glue on the topside to dry before i get ready to put it back in the car, and hopefully keep my mind off of all the nonsense going on 45 miles away from me.
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yeap. makes it real hard to concentrate on a project/thread and not come off as insensitive or cold. All I can do from my house is carry on with my life. that said... the headliner beckons.
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