2003 Discovery 2 SE7
My 03 is basically just cardboard underneath.Here's more info about painting a DII headliner.
I've learned not all DII headliner shells are created equal. I've been told that others don't have the nice, pebbled texture when stripped. That may be the '03s and '04s; I don't know.
Whether you choose to paint or replace the fabric, you'll need to remove and strip the fiberglass shell. Once you do that you'll see whether or not you have the pebbled shell.
Here's a link to my write-up from 13 years ago about removing the headliner, prepping and painting it in my truck. Pics in post #36.
I recently removed the sagging headliner in my '99 DII and chose to paint the shell rather than recover it with fabric. I'm very happy with the results. Others have done good, comprehensive write-ups available here and on other forums, but I have a handful of lessons leared to share. The...discoweb.org
EXCELLENT point re: the rear A/C vents for the 7-seaters.'04 here, just cardboard like V50's '03. It's pretty fragile. I removed mine and had it professionally redone in 2017 and it's holding strong. Looks and feels brand new.
FYI for anyone who is considering removing the headliner: If you have rear AC, leave the vents in the headliner and remove the headliner as one piece. The vents are not attached to anything but the headliner. They're "sealed" to the air duct by a foam surround. Attempting to remove the vents while the headliner is installed will break the fragile retaining clips. If you break them, you have to repair them, there are no good replacements. When I've found replacements for sale, the clips are always broken. You can remove the vents when the headliner is down, but do so very carefully because, as I said before, the clips are VERY fragile.
Completely without the headliner? Quite a bit. I drove mine without it for a while and the wind noise is pretty rough. Sound deadened it, then put it back in. A world of difference.So how much does it increase the noise level if you remove the headliner and just paint?
You can on the later material, not sure about the earlier stuff. It doesn't work very well though - it doesn't look great and isn't very effective. I'd drop it and paint it - it's pretty easy on these trucks.No, was wondering about just paint as some have recommended. Thanks for the reply; about what I had expected. I have owned a 99 D2 for about twenty years and the headliner is beginning to have some sags now. Wonder if I could just staple into the backing?
I tried that on an '87 S-10 Blazer in my younger years. The ends of the staples didn't get folded, they went in "straight legged" and ended up falling out and stabbing me in the rear when I sat down. Not an ideal solution. I tried straight pins at angles which actually worked, but again, kind of a stabbing risk. I suppose fishing hooks would work well because the barb would retain them, but you'd never get them out in the future without significant damage so probably not worth it. The best solution is to just pull it out and spend the couple hundred bucks to have a professional recover it.Wonder if I could just staple into the backing?