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Re: overhead zippers
My plastic trim is vinyl locking gimp. It is stapled in place, in my case with steel staples.
Take a close look at it. The middle has a textured surface. Above and below that are smooth ribs. One rib is separated from the textured middle by a crack. The other is not. The textured middle part is folded and locks under the rib with the crack. Stick the tip of your pocket knife into the crack, and open up the gimp. Inside you will find the staples that hold it in place. Underneath the gimp you will find the staples that hold the headliner fabric in place.
When the original headliner was installed, it was stapled in place, the extra was cut off, the gimp was stapled over the raw edge, and the gimp was closed hiding the gimp staples. Don't unfasten too much of the headliner. Without the extra fabric that was cut off during the installation, you will find it hard to pull it properly tight to re-staple it in place.
I have replaced enough of the rusted staples that I finally bought a pneumatic staple gun.
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Last edited by wsmurdoch; 02-13-2016 at 06:59 PM.
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