How to Install Car Headliner

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Sometimes the simplest project can make the biggest difference. Welcome to the fourth and final DIY in our Automotive Refresh Series. We've been revamping a 1992 Volkswagen GTI with some easy projects that drastically improve the look and quality of the car's interior. In today's final tutorial, we're replacing the old, outdated headliner with fresh new upholstery fabric — and you can too! This is a simple, no-sew project that anyone can do, even if you've never DIYed before. Let's get into it.

Our Sailrite Workbench video team is installing the new headliner in our project car. Watch the video below to see how they did it!

Before we get into our project, let's shift gears and talk about the fabric we chose for our car's headliner. We removed the outdated plaid upholstery fabric and replaced it with premium performance fabric from Sailrite®. We have a vast selection of performance upholstery fabrics from top brands in the industry. Make sure to choose a fabric with high abrasion, UV and mold/mildew resistance. Any of our performance fabrics will go the distance and look great in your car for years to come.

Believe it or not, you only need four items to replace your headliner material. Once you have your fabric picked out, you just need a quality pair of fabric scissors and two forms of adhesive.

Get your auto projects off on the right track with supplies and tutorials from Sailrite. Watch the video below to get started on this fast and fun automotive project. You'll find the complete materials list below the video.

You've just finished watching the final video in our Automotive Refresh Series. We overhauled a 1992 Volkswagen GTI with a few simple upgrades. These easy DIYs greatly improved the car's interior, adding a high-end look at a fraction of the price of taking it to an automotive upholstery shop. And just like this one, other projects in this beginner-friendly series are no-sews, so even if you've never DIYed before, you can upgrade your car with these simple projects.

If you missed the first three videos, click here to watch the entire four-part series. You'll learn how to sew shifter and parking brake boots, how to easily insulate and sound deaden your car, and how to reupholster your door panels with fresh luxury vinyl. You won't want to miss any of the DIYs in this beginner-friendly series.

Materials & Tools List:

  • Highly UV-resistant upholstery fabric of choice from Sailrite®
  • 3M™ General Trim Spray Adhesive #73211
  • Professional Stainless Steel 10" Scissors #123615
  • S-18 All-Purpose Adhesive #124193