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09-25-2011, 05:36 PM
I have a good headliner and windlace and want to remove them so i do not damage them while doing body work ie new floor etc. I am aware of the staples to remove and the steel bows in the liner but am unsure as to what and how to remove the "bow?" that goes across the door opening. This is a 2 dr sedan and believe the liner has to come out to get at the windlace. there appears to be a rod like piece that is sown into the head liner to give it support over the door area. is that all it would be and is it attached any where or is it held under tension with the bows and staples?
09-25-2011, 06:45 PM
The "bow" over the door is no bow. It is a flat piece with prongs in it. The only way to "maybe " get it out without ruining it is to use a blunt edged putty knife and use it between the headliner and the windlace. Take the tool and push it up and then pry the tool handle towards the inside of the car and gently pull down on the headliner. Otherwise all i can say is GOOD LUCK since it is hard to get out without tearing them. A cloth one may be easier to save than a vinyl one.
09-25-2011, 08:50 PM
If a vinyl head liner is like a vinyl pool liner, it will shrink when removed and stored for a time making it difficult at best to re-install. JMHO
09-25-2011, 10:26 PM
It's easiest to try to work the outside of the hanger off the prong first. Remember, you have to pull it toward the windshield, which is the open end of the prong. They are spaced about every eight inches, so there are quite a few to deal with (maybe eight?). Good luck.
09-25-2011, 10:56 PM
you have to pull it toward the windshield, which is the open end of the prong. They are spaced about every eight inches, so there are quite a few to deal with (maybe eight?). Good luck.
TJ, don`t know where that info came from, but the prongs are pointed upward, not forward. And they are about every 1" or closer, not every 8".
The sawtooth strip is painted brown, in the upper right corner:
09-26-2011, 10:41 PM
My mistake. I was thinking of the center hanger by the dome light.
I didn't need the sawteeth on mine. Just staple the headliner over the windlace. I have trim that covers them. Good thing about that is it would be easy to take apart if needed.
09-27-2011, 12:53 AM
Ciadella have posted links to videos of how to install a headliner :anim_25:
Can`t remember the link, send Gina @ Ciadella a tingle
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