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I'm waiting for some parts to cool down before I can handle them, so I thought I'd add something to this post. If you're going to be doing a headliner installation, or pretty much anything in the way of upholstery, here's a couple of tools that are invaluable. The spikey one is a staple picker. Originally made by Berry's Ltd. in Lubbock, Texas., and kind of pricey, this one is a copy. I've never found a tool that works better for getting under a staple and levering it out. The other one is a tucking tool, made by C.S. Osborne & Co. in Harrison, N.J. This one is a medium thickness blade, but they also make a thinner and thicker version. As the name suggests, you'd use this to tuck the headliner material up into the saw tooth retainers. Once you start using it, you'll find about 1000 other things it can be used for. The edges of the blades are square, and I've rounded them off so the don't cut into the material. Osborne makes all kinds of funky specialty upholstery tools like hog ring pliers, tack hammers, etc., and their quality is excellent. They also make a staple picker, but it doesn't work as good as the Berry's. Keyston Brothers and Perfect Fit McDonald are two well known upholstery suppliers and should carry both of these.
Another quick tip. Do not attempt the install if the material is cold. I installed the headliner in my 55 sport coupe. I did take it to a interior shop, but they couldn't get it installed correctly.
It took me two times to do it.
Thanks for the tool suggestions. I have one that is kind of banana shaped, but I get the feeling it is too long and therefore tries to push too much material at once. I will look into the type you showed.
If you think of anything else....Maybe we could get this turned into a sticky in the interior section.
I have the banana shaped tool, and it does work, but I rarely use it. The wooden handled ones are my "go-to" tools for nearly everything I do. I should have mentioned that the tucking tools are great when used in pairs. One can lift or spread the area as the other tucks the material in close to it.