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Old 07-08-2020, 10:23 AM   #1
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Headliner panel

I am wondering what people are using as a base for their headliners. I need to put up two panels on my roof (it has two sections of different heights) and am not sure what to use. I will glue headliner fabric to them and will install LED lights. My fiberglass top isn't the strongest, so I'd like to keep the weight low. I can probably use 1/8" paneling, but is there something better?




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I'd use the cheapest 1/8" paneling especially it will be covered. That stuff will easily conform, is light enough for a single-handed installation and cheap enough so you save for other more "necessary" interior things.
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Check Home Depot for a 4x8 sheet of Luan in the plywood section. It is thin and strong. Can be covered w material or stained/coated to use the figure of the wood.

Or a sheet of Coroplast - white corrugated plastic could also work. Can be used as is w lighting behind, or covered w material.

3M 90 spray adhesive is good for adhering material to either.

Both materials bend a bit to conform to the curves of the roof or walls and are light weight.
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Thanks! I got some Luan but also found some utility plywood that was thinner and lighter. Splinters like crazy when cutting, but not bad with a router, and its covered anyway. Set up the panel today, we'll see how it mounts.
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