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Old 08-24-2010, 12:55 PM
 
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My cloth ceiling in my Nissan Xterra is coming apart because of the heat this summer. What glue should I use or be looking for?
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Southwest Pa
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For a quick fix that might last anywhere from a few days to a few months you can get the headliner spray that 3M makes. Should be available at your nearest W-Mart. Don't expect miracles.

The only thing that really works is to remove the headliner and have it done professionally or very carefully done by yourself.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Longmont, CO
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Same thing happened to my wife's 04 Jetta in the Florida heat. We took it to a local upholstery shop and I think paid something like $100 for them to fix it (the dealer quoted something like $350!). I figured the commercial adhesives that they had available trumped anything I could get my hands on, not to mention how much of a pain it would have been to try and DIY it. My recommendation: It's cheaper and less hassle to find a professional to do it for you.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The only thing that will work is to carefully turn your car upside down, and then glue it down. Otherwise, it is the most exasperating nightmare you will ever experience in your life.

This might work: Apply the glue, and then deploy the airbags to keep the headliner pressed against the ceiling until it sets.
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Old 08-24-2010, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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Just buy a new headliner and do it yourself. I'm not sure your about your car but most headliners are only held in place by the accessories on the roof. Meaning the light, sunvisors, handles etc etc
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:05 PM
 
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Believe it or not, Elmer's makes a SPRAY adhesive they call Craft Bond that will do a great job.

It's clear and is very tacky as soon as you spray it on so it'll hold immediately.

The only caution I would give is to NOT use it liberally...so not SOAK the cloth, just lightly cover it or else it'll soak through and show a slightly darker color when it dries.

I've used this in the same situation as you have and it's never come down again.

I got a 4 oz spray can at Wal Mart.
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Southwest Pa
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Just buy a new headliner and do it yourself. I'm not sure your about your car but most headliners are only held in place by the accessories on the roof. Meaning the light, sunvisors, handles etc etc
Just one problem......getting it out of the car to work on it. The dust and mess is easy enough but the removal and return can get tricky. They can also be fragile pieces that bend and break easily after all the years of heat and that'll tick you off even more.

The patience of Job himself is almost not enough to be able to do this job by yourself.
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