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Old 02-13-2017, 07:54 PM   #1
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Removing creases in headliner after replacing old lights with new LED lights.

I replaced all the ceiling lights in my 02 Discovery 38D with 4" round LED lights. Everything went well, including rewiring many of them to be operated from common switches, But I still have one annoying problem - the indentations in the headliner in the shape of the old lights remain. I first tried steaming them out. Didn't work. Then I tried two of Bob Vila's methods. Spray them with water and then dry them with a hair dryer. Didn't work. I'm not going to try the ice cube method that worked for me in the house because it would require turning the coach upside down. The last resort is what the coachmakers do when they retrofit LED's. Make thin decorative boards to cover the area of the old lights and attach the new lights to the boards. I had to do that where the flourescents were mounted, but I refuse to undo all my work and put boards all over my ceiling and then work with shorter cable lengths to do my wiring all over again! Anyone on here successfully removed the indentationss in the headliner
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Is the ceiling vinyl? If so, the indentations may never come out but steam is probably the best method. If it's cloth, try getting a wash cloth wet then wring it out place the wash cloth on the indentation and then place a hot iron on the wash cloth. (same kind of iron you'd use to press wrinkles out of clothes)
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Is the ceiling vinyl? If so, the indentations may never come out but steam is probably the best method. If it's cloth, try getting a wash cloth wet then wring it out place the wash cloth on the indentation and then place a hot iron on the wash cloth. (same kind of iron you'd use to press wrinkles out of clothes)
It's a thin carpet-like material. The iron and washcloth method replicates the steamer method and the steamer did nothing. I guess expecting fifteen year old indentations to come out is a bit of a stretch!
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It really doesn't replicate the steam method. It is similar but different or, (It's exactly the same only entirely different LOL)

It adds more water, more heat and steam to help remove the indentations. It's worth a try.
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The wet cloth/iron idea is good, but I would also try simply soaking the area with a spray bottle and letting it dry by itself as well (replicating the ice cube idea without turning your MH on it's lid ) It may very well be something that will lessen in time. By next year, the indentations may be unnoticeable.
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I forgot to mention, the wash cloth/Iron method totally removed the carpet divots from my slate pool table
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I replaced the florescent lights in my 07 Revolution. My solution for the wrinkles was to make an oval shape out of aluminum that had a hole at each end. I covered it with matching vinyl and inserted the lamps. Installed the assembly and they look pretty good IMO. The wife loves them as they can be dimmed 50%. I bought the LED lamps on ebay for $5 each. It was a lot more work than I had planned but well worth it!

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I replaced the florescent lights in my 07 Revolution. My solution for the wrinkles was to make an oval shape out of aluminum that had a hole at each end. I covered it with matching vinyl and inserted the lamps. Installed the assembly and they look pretty good IMO. The wife loves them as they can be dimmed 50%. I bought the LED lamps on ebay for $5 each. It was a lot more work than I had planned but well worth it!

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I think that's a great solurtion and wish I'd seen your solution before starting my conversion. But mine is done now, and I don't have the patience to do it over!
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