The Golf Mk2 is prone to headliner woes; the most common being the material coming away from the ‘board’ and sagging over the rear occupants heads. With our recent development of brand new Mk2 Golf headliner material, Anna one of our product development team gave re-trimming an original headliner board a go.
Before we continue it should be said, the Mk2 Golf headliner board is very brittle, and pretty big. We’ve scratched our heads for years trying to work out how to reproduce this, and be able to transport it successfully, but sadly we haven’t been able to come up with a solution. So, the next best thing was to reproduce the material to allow enthusiasts to retrim their existing boards.
Tools you’ll need. Screwdrivers, Strong cloth tape, newspaper, PVA glue, paint brush, clothes pegs, spray glue, heat gun and some patience. An extra pair of hands for removal would be useful!
The removal of your old board is fairly straight forward (remove the plastics that are around the pillars and rear hatch, unscrew the sunvisors and grab handles, then drop the interior light and sunroof gubbins if fitted). Lastly gently pry the circular clips out of the lining board and pull the whole thing backwards out through the tailgate aperture.
Do remember when doing this that the board is very fragile, and likely to break into pieces. If you are lucky enough to still have material stuck to it, this may hold it together – if not, it could be worth while using some Gaffa tape to help save it.
For our trial, Anna was delivered a headliner board quite typical of many, as it was in multiple pieces! Before any work could take place though she had to clean off the old headliner foam from the board. Anna did this with sandpaper. Your board will need to be clean of debris for the glue to stick properly.
Having known others to repair their headliners with paper mache, it was considered to be a good DIY way to go. For smaller pieces the paper mache would be too fiddly though, so cloth tape would be utilised on the reverse, and then strengthened later on with paper mache on the other side.
With the headliner board completely covered and dry, it becomes a lot stronger, and easier to work with. If you have any lumps in your paper mache then these can be smoothed using sand paper to help make the finished covering as smart as possible.
We would suggest having a few trial fits of the fabric onto the board before you start with any glue. This way you will see how the material fits into the curves, where you might need to apply some heat, and also how much you need to overlap to secure it on the other side – do this before you cut it!
Anna chose to start her retrim at the front, applying the spray glue to both the headliner board and the material, allowing it go tacky, and then sticking the material into place. You may find the spray glue shows through the fabric in places, making the material wet, don’t panic, it will dry and disappear.
Where required clothes pegs (or similar) can be used to keep corners in check while you move on to the next bit. Working the material into all the ridges is important to ensure the glue holds tight.
The ‘dip’ above the rear passengers heads is the hardest part of the task. We would suggest you start in the middle and work outwards, glueing small areas at a time, and applying heat (at a distance) to help stretch the material to shape. As you can see from the photo above, if you take your time it’ll look pretty good.
Want to give it a go? You can find the Mk2 Golf headliner kit on our website.
Andy / Anna
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