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Headliner, redo or replace?

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SplurGn

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Hey everyone – would love your input…… I have a 1985 Defender 90.

 

My current headliner sags in the middle, and looks like a cheap beige carpet.  I am thinking of swapping it out completely, to give it a more “fresh” and clean look.

 

In looking at the various vendors – there is a big range in pricing, and I am just wondering, if there is a big difference? 

 

Also, would you put something like Dynamat on, before installing/reinstalling it?

 

Option 1.  Masai 4x4

 

Straightforward – one price, the entire set.

https://www.masai4x4...-GREY-p79486568

 

Option 2.  Rovers North

 

Looks like you have to purchase several pieces together, to cover the entire cab, and from the looks of it, it is going to cost you…

http://www.roversnor...over-Parts/1015

 

Option 3  LR Parts

 

Another straight forwards set, but have heard bad things about these guys from reading some of the threads… Any input would be greatly appreciated.

 

http://www.lrparts.n...ing-for-90.html

 

Option 4. Lasalle Interior Trim          

 

http://www.lasalle-t...-door-trim-set/

 

Option 5.  JC Whitney.

 

Spray the crap out of it with interior adhesive, and move on. 

 

http://www.jcwhitney...d1377j1s21.jcwx

 

Option 6.

 

Take it to an auto upholsterer, dye the headliner your color of choice, and let them put the screws/adhesive in.



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Hey everyone – would love your input…… I have a 1985 Defender 90.

My current headliner sags in the middle, and looks like a cheap beige carpet. I am thinking of swapping it out completely, to give it a more “fresh” and clean look.

In looking at the various vendors – there is a big range in pricing, and I am just wondering, if there is a big difference?

Also, would you put something like Dynamat on, before installing/reinstalling it?

Option 1. Masai 4x4

Straightforward – one price, the entire set.
https://www.masai4x4...-GREY-p79486568

Option 2. Rovers North

Looks like you have to purchase several pieces together, to cover the entire cab, and from the looks of it, it is going to cost you…
http://www.roversnor...over-Parts/1015

Option 3 LR Parts

Another straight forwards set, but have heard bad things about these guys from reading some of the threads… Any input would be greatly appreciated.

http://www.lrparts.n...ing-for-90.html

Option 4. Lasalle Interior Trim

http://www.lasalle-t...-door-trim-set/

Option 5. JC Whitney.

Spray the crap out of it with interior adhesive, and move on.

http://www.jcwhitney...d1377j1s21.jcwx

Option 6.

Take it to an auto upholsterer, dye the headliner your color of choice, and let them put the screws/adhesive in.

So I removed mine and cleaned and painted with plastidip for a textured look. Tan color is perfect but close enough.

Having done it that way I think I would buy the fabric and have someone do it. It's a HUGE PITA!

It's something you can definitely do, but leave yourself asking why afterwards.

There are several people that have bought the kits and either did it themselves or paid a shop... definitely recommend the correct kit as it had proper cuts but have someone who knows the technics install it.

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Yeah, I agree. I had RedRover redone by an upholstery shop and it’s all done correctly. No cuts where there shouldn’t be, fabric is smooth and should hold for another 20 years, so I’m good.

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I've done headliners in other vehicles but not the Rovers.  Back then I was all about saving a buck and just bought my own fabric and glued it to the existing backer (after removing it and scraping/sanding all the old foam off).   Depending on how hard it is to remove your particular headliner backer, I may or may not do it myself.  Once the backer is out it's not that hard to do the fabric, at least with the generic stuff I used back when.  You will need a large flat area to lay the backer out to work with it and figure on spending a day by the time you wrestle it out and back in. 

 

I'd basically get some estimates from locals then eyeball how hard I thought the Defender headliner would be to remove and make my decision from there.   If they'll do the labor for a couple hundred great!  Go for it!  If they say a couple thousand, I'd be planning to do it myself.


Edited by DHappel, 07 November 2017 - 06:13 PM.

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luckily, on the Defenders, headliner trim is relatively easy to remove..

Brett shows what you need to do his video... (start at 2:15 for headliner portion). 

He's got a good series on various projects on his 110. 

 


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I'm always down for saving a buck but that doesn't mean I'm willing to cut corners.  Mostly it means I will do the labor myself.  That said I did my D1 headliner about 7 years ago, it still looks good and is holding up well.  I purchased my material online from Headliner Express out of Florida and go the 3M spray adhesive from PePBoys.  I couldn't find a piece that was wide enough locally.  As Don said you will need to add some elbow grease to get the old foam off the backer board and it will take up a good part of a weekend to get it out, cleaned, new fabric installed, cured and reinstalled, assuming your backer board is still in good condition.  From the links you provided it looks like you intend on replacing your backer board too.  I don't have any experience with that but if your backer board is in good shape I wouldn't have any issue with re-using it and spend the left over money on something cool.   If you have some sort of carpet up there right now it could be that someone tried to fix it in the past and the adhesive has failed again.  New materials will cost you $150 or more.  Recently someone on the forum was quoted about $200 for a repair.  For that $$ i would consider having someone else do it but, "if you want something done right..."  Best of luck







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