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A boat headliner fabric is made up of composite materials adhered to ceilings inside yachts. They are also found inside automobiles as well. The material is a typical face fabric complete with nonwoven foam backing. These multilayered composite materials introduce multiple functionalities, especially your choice of looks, the feel, its sound reduction impact on your car, and its stiffness. Consisting of a tricot knit fabric knapped for a softer touch and uniform appearance, the fabric is usually adhered using melted polyurethane foam, which is then glued into the board. In the case of yachts, foam-backed vinyl is widely used.

These days, we are introduced to more complex knit products used as face fabric materials. This includes cost-effective non-woven products to help you save money during the process. What’s more exciting are recent boat headliner developments geared towards the use of environment-friendly products coming from recyclable face fabrics and backing adhesives.


Installing a Replacement Boat Headliner Fabric

Headliner FabricReplacing your old boat headliner can be a challenge; it’s a more difficult prospect compared to automobile headliner replacement in the sense that boat headliners are mostly large enough to fit through yacht doorways. Consequently, you may need to cut out your original boat headliner into smaller pieces just to gain access to the doorway.

Installing your new boat headliner is done in a similar fashion as well. It will likely take you three days (or possibly more) just to complete the replacement process.


Getting On With It


As mentioned above, you can start your DIY replacement activity by cutting your headliner into separate sections using ceramic cutting blades and a craft drill. Always wear dust mask and eye protection while at it. Proceed by sanding the cabin roof’s exposed portions using a powder sanding wheel. Work your way until it becomes smooth. Care to avoid any wiring on the exposed area so you will not damage sensitive equipments and electrical systems inside your boat.


Making Measurements

Headliner FabricMeasure your cabin ceiling’s length and width (you can also use the original headliner in this case). Cut a ¼ inch plywood sheet to match the shape and the measurements you have just taken. Convert your plywood into 3×3 foot panels; screw them to the ceiling using screws (1 inch) placed at 18 to 24 inch intervals along the board’s edges.

By now, you are ready to introduce insulation paint into the replacement effort. Place a cup (or two) of insulation beads into the paint before applying into the plywood. It must be allowed to fully dry overnight before replacing it into your boat’s ceiling.


Boat Headliner Fabric Replacement Tips

In the name of safety precaution, always make it a point to disconnect the negative battery cables before working on any of the electrical and mechanical components that comes up during the replacement procedure. Always take time to remove the large headliner board.  Rushing it all up will do you no good. Understand that board’s corners are usually the first to break during such rash attempts. This is the best way to go about your DIY boat headliner fabric replacement.