How to Install Headliner Material

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Transform the look of your RV, camper or boat by installing a new headliner. Much like a new coat of paint, a new headliner can instantly modernize and update the look of your RV or boat’s interior. In today’s video tutorial, we’ll show you how to measure and install a new headliner in an RV. Whether you have an RV, trailer, boat or car, you can use these same techniques for your headliner installation. Let’s get started.

Learn how to install headliner fabric with this DIY video.

The new white headliner helps to brighten up and modernize our RV's interior.

First, let’s talk about headliner options available at Sailrite®. You can use vinyl upholstery fabric as headliner fabric, or you can choose between foam-backed vinyl headliner and carpet-style headliner. Whatever look you’re going for, we’ve got a headliner option that will work for you.

We chose Morbern® Seabrook Foam Backed Headliner for the RV in our Airstream Argosy RV Renovation Series. This material is the same as Morbern Seabrook upholstery vinyl but with a high-quality, flame-adhered 3/16-inch foam backing. We went with a white headliner; opting for a light color can brighten the small space, make your ceiling look taller, and make your RV look bigger and roomier.

Although measuring and installing a new headliner might seem like a daunting task, it’s not as difficult as you might think. Our video will walk you through the whole process. Even a DIY novice will be able to tackle this project. The video will cover steps including:

  • How to measure and prep for the headliner.
  • How to apply and choose the right spray adhesive.
  • How to install the headliner material.
  • How to add PVC trim molding for a polished look.

Watch the video below to learn how to install headliner.

If you’re interested in other videos in our RV renovation project, be sure to check out the whole series. Just type “RV Renovation Series” into the search field on our website to find all the projects we’ve done for our 1987 Airstream Argosy trailer. The “before and afters” are truly incredible!

Video Chapters:

  • Intro — 0:00 min.
  • Measuring & Prepping for Headliner — 0:50 min.
  • Applying Spray Adhesive — 5:44 min.
  • Installing Headliner — 8:06 min.
  • Adding PVC Trim Molding — 29:51 min.
  • Using Hi-Tack 76 Spray Adhesive — 44:57 min.
  • Materials & Tools List — 52:26 min.

Materials List:

  • 3M™ Specialty Adhesive Remover 32 oz. (Quart) #108984
  • 3M™ General Trim Spray Adhesive 18.1 oz. #73211
  • Headliner from Sailrite we used Morbern® Seabrook White 54" Foam Backed Headliner #105465
  • Ribbed Push-In Rivets (Hole Diameter 7/32") #123376
  • 3M™ Hi-Tack 76 Spray Adhesive 24 oz. #123599
  • Dura-Skrim® Patterning Material 74" #103134

Tools List:

  • Gingher® 8" Scissors Right Handed #19104
  • Tucking Tool #766100
  • Sailrite® #2 Drill Hole Cutter 3/8" #121820
  • Tape Measure, 3/8" x 3/4" x 8' White PVC Screen Moulding, 3/4" x 3/4" x 8' White PVC Quarter Round Moulding, Painter’s Tape, Masking Paper, Multi-Purpose Respirator Mask, Yard Stick, Marker, T Square, Razor Knife, Pneumatic Brad Nailer, Caulk, Compound Miter Saw, Pencil, Dremel Tool and 1/4" Sanding Drum or Coping Saw, Drill & Bits, Plastic Contour Gauge, Hammer