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    Default Headliner help!!!

    Im looking for info on the tack strip material used in the early 50s pontiacs around the rear window and over the side windows. Its about a half inch wide and a quarter inch thick. Looks like really thick tar paper. Ive heard of it refered to as "rope" before. Need to replace mine when i get a new headliner and cant find much info on it. Does anyone have any ideas?

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    I'd contact a good upholstery shop and see what they suggest.

    I let them do the headliners on my cars anyway. They REALLY **** me off and it's money well spent.


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    Thanks for the suggestion, I was considering some professional help for the installation. Ill have to call around. Thanks again!

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    Well, for once this is an easy problem. That material was used for years on headliners and convertible tops and a replacement is commonly used that should be available in any shop that does convertible tops. It is a rubbery plastic material that will not rot and will hold staples, and comes in 2 sizes, one about 1/2" x 1/4" as you stated, and a wider and flatter version. If yours is a slightly odd size one of these can be sanded or trimmed to fit. Good luck!

    Todd Crews
    POCI 1957 Technical Advisor

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    Thanks for te the info. Used on convertibles too huh. Does any one know of a specific name for the material itself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reese5397 View Post
    Thanks for te the info. Used on convertibles too huh. Does any one know of a specific name for the material itself?
    See this link, click to view catalog and see pg 109.

    It is plastic tacking strip, available in the two sizes. I see they have the cardboard too but in this case the modern replacement is far better in every way. Good luck,

    Todd Crews
    POCI 1957 Technical Advisor

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