Has anyone made their own headliner back board?

fly_25

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I am missing my headliner in my cutlass and I have thought about using those foam gym flooring pads that connect together as the backboard, then using a material to cover when I cut the foam to fit. Haven't done it yet but it's an idea.
 

Longroof79

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Expanding foam is used in the car audio scene to fill empty areas to reduce rattles, and insulate sound. Typically it's made of 2 parts you mix and then pour into the areas you are trying to fill. I can't put much input into how a headliner would go
I do like the idea of a product that can be poured on rather than sprayed on. I think something with a loose consistency would be more beneficial. I I think by pouring a substance on would give you better workability, if that makes any sense.
 

1evilregal

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If you have the existing backing board, you could use it to make the reverse mold with the fiberglass, then you could use the foam to create the new shell,
 
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Longroof79

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If you have the existing backing board, you could use it to make the reverse mold with the fiberglass, then you could use the foam to create the new shell,
Darrin,
I thought about that, but the backside of my existing headliner has a couple repair areas that are a little lumpy, which I feel wouldn't make for a nice mold.. I would think that It would be preferred to start with a board that's smooth and never been repaired. I know that sounds optimistic.
 

pagrunt

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This is another reason to miss the original J.C. Whitney. Ages back they used to sell bow style headliner kits to replace the foam board. I still believe the bow style is better than what we have. Wish I bought one back then.
 
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Longroof79

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This is another reason to miss the original J.C. Whitney. Ages back they used to sell bow style headliner kits to replace the foam board. I still believe the bow style is better than what we have. Wish I bought one back then.
I think someone still offers a bow style conversion. It would look good if done right.
 

ck80

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This is another reason to miss the original J.C. Whitney. Ages back they used to sell bow style headliner kits to replace the foam board. I still believe the bow style is better than what we have. Wish I bought one back then.
JC Whitney. P A W.

Brings back memories, id take them over amazon every time. Good old days.
 
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1evilregal

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Darrin,
I thought about that, but the backside of my existing headliner has a couple repair areas that are a little lumpy, which I feel wouldn't make for a nice mold.. I would think that It would be preferred to start with a board that's smooth and never been repaired. I know that sounds optimistic.
nice thing about a mold, is you can fill/sand the inside of the buck... I actually have the original backer for my 2dr regal, I patched the cracks/holes with spray adhesive and thinner cereal box cardboard. I guess I've held on to it for all these years hoping to do just this... I had found a better board at a junkyard a few years back (just thinking back, it's been more than 8 years, before I started my current job) and recovered it, and it hangs flat, supported from the back bedroom ceiling ....
 

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