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Old February 10th, 2016, 09:56 PM
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Headliner materials?

Hello - finally getting to some upgrades / improvements for one of my trucks....

I am looking to replace the headlining in my D130 - the finished face has fallen down and was half cut off by the PO so doesn't look too good to say the least...

Options:
- buy a new factory style headliner from UK (found one but shipping is $$)
- Lasalle trim headliner also from UK (even more $$$$$$)
- reline the existing backing at a local shop with either a brushed felt headliner or smooth fabric (reasonable $)

Durability / washability -
- Lasalle headliner is likely best as it's plastic
- relined likely least durable (concerned it will peel away from the backing in a couple years?)
- new OEM style?

Other consideration is the materials used for the factory headliners - in one of my trucks the headliner is actually a thin smooth vinyl which is very easy to wipe but not sure what current production would be finished like.... If a new one is going to be the same material as I would get from a local upholstery shop I won't bother getting it from the UK.

What is the headlining in your truck made of?
Suggestions on other ways to finish?
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Old February 10th, 2016, 10:10 PM
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On my old pickup truck the headliner was bad so I seperated the foam from the fiberglass backing, and spent $20 on new headliner material(foam with a cloth layer over it) from Jo-Ann Fabrics and $10 on a spray adhesive and it came out looking great. Spent a couple hours doing the job.
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i have a lasalle. why dont you consider taking your old headliner to a shop to use as a mold for a fiberglass replica.

lasalle's are fiberglass, not plastic
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The resto shops in the UK were pimping recovering with alcantara aka ultra suede

I used the sister product, Ultra leather for the cushions in my boat and everything (blood, fish guts, vomit etc) wiped right off of it. Amazing material.
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Any good trim shop will be able to take what you have and put a new cover on the backing. With that said it will only be as good as the backing. If you have had a lot of leaks in the past that material might not be the best. I just did the 110 by a local shop and it turned out very nice. My backer board wasn't in too bad of condition. You do have to remove the old material first which may be a pain if it is still on pretty good. I paid about $750.00 to have everything done headliner and window trim pieces as well the other trims.
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I used the sister product, Ultra leather for the cushions in my boat and everything (blood, fish guts, vomit etc) wiped right off of it.
What goes on in that boat?
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What goes on in that boat?
Clearly you're not a boater
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What goes on in that boat?
Offshore sport fishing. Usually 60+- or so miles offshore for pelagic's (tuna, marlin, sharks etc).

Got caught that far off NJ once in a storm and some of the guys lost their stomachs.
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