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headliner drooping repair
Posted by: Fritz
Date: October 20, 2021 06:07AM
yea, the ol' '05 headliner is drooping sad.
The foam is dried out.
Seems it'll tun $600 round here to get it redone as it's a pita to get out of the car to repair. Or removing the windshield (that I can't seem to get clean .... anyway.)

The cloth itself is OK, but apparently the foam backing has dried out and released the fabric glue.

Other suggestions were stapling, be kind of ugly, but I may have to.

Canoe bottom with 1/16" x 1" cross slats. But the interior roof shape isn't really concave that I'd think the slats would stay. But I will try that.

Buying a new car.
Been looking at a couple 246 Dinos, but they're all red and over $300k.

Any other ideas or experience?



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Re: headliner drooping repair
Posted by: msglee
Date: October 20, 2021 06:32AM
When my 2000 van headliner was drooping, I used spiral upholstery pins to hold it up. Used a few dozen in neat rows. When I was done it looked pretty good.
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Re: headliner drooping repair
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: October 20, 2021 06:36AM
Contact cement. There are some made just for headliners but most any will work. The videos below show you what to do (there are many more videos, some showing how to replace the entire headliner with a new one).

If just the edge -- [www.youtube.com]

Drooping in the center -- [www.youtube.com]



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Re: headliner drooping repair
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: October 20, 2021 07:32AM
I've successfully used 3M trim adhesive spray on several cars for this exact situation. Mask the interior of the car area (really I just dropped a Harbor Freight tarp down), spray onto the fabric back (where it is supposed to touch the foam) , carefully push it into the foam with gloved hands. I always ended up with a little wrinkling but it was good enough.
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Re: headliner drooping repair
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: October 20, 2021 08:08AM
3M makes a fabric glue that will work. You can just get some new fabric from a craft store and redo the whole thing. Should cost less than $50.



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Re: headliner drooping repair
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: October 20, 2021 08:30AM
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msglee
When my 2000 van headliner was drooping, I used spiral upholstery pins to hold it up. Used a few dozen in neat rows. When I was done it looked pretty good.

This is probably your best and easiest (and least time consuming) solution. Just do some research and find how much backer board is there.
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Re: headliner drooping repair
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: October 20, 2021 10:28AM
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msglee
When my 2000 van headliner was drooping, I used spiral upholstery pins to hold it up. Used a few dozen in neat rows. When I was done it looked pretty good.

This is probably your best and easiest (and least time consuming) solution. Just do some research and find how much backer board is there.

I've used these for exactly that purpose-

Dorman Headliner Retainers [www.amazon.com]

If the headliner fabric is in good shape, they work great and are easy to install. If the fabric itself is degrading from age, heat, etc. as well, they're an effective but temporary solution at best.

The last four cars I've had, I wound up pulling down the headliner fabric, sweeping and vacuuming out the foam dust from the roof, and rolling with just the molded backer in place. Three of those cars had tan or beige interiors so it wasn't obvious the fabric was missing after it was gone. The other one had a maroon-colored interior and having a tan instead of maroon roof inside lightened up the interior somewhat.

Removing, relining, and replacing headliners in both a Volvo SUV and a Honda Civic (about 15 min)-

[www.youtube.com]



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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/20/2021 11:28AM by Thrift Store Scott.
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Re: headliner drooping repair
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: October 20, 2021 11:57AM
Long straight pins.
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Re: headliner drooping repair
Posted by: lost in space
Date: October 20, 2021 12:57PM
Magnets!



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Re: headliner drooping repair
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 20, 2021 03:03PM
Get it fixed by a pro. Then keep the vehicle in a garage or other covered space.



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Re: headliner drooping repair
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: October 20, 2021 04:12PM
Button-type repair kit for under $20:

[smile.amazon.com]

I'd use the above next time I have a vehicle that needs headliner repair since paying to have it replaced is $300+



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/20/2021 04:22PM by Bill in NC.
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Re: headliner drooping repair
Posted by: Fritz
Date: October 20, 2021 07:24PM
never seen the spiral upholstery pin.
The buttons may be even better.
Do have to find out how thick the plastic part is.

Watched a couple of them vids, but I'd think that one would still have to have intact foam. Without pulling the fabric down I couldn't tell.

Taking the headliner out for a full repair looks to be a very time consuming mess. I have other more important projects. As long as it's not drooping the mirror and a ticket magnet.....


Thanks. Good ideas for the weekend. Can't wait to contort my body.



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