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Old 05-05-2011, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Oxford, Ohio
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Default What's the best way to repair a car's sagging fabric roof liner?

Just like the title question says.....

Right now, I'm holding up the fabric liner with thumbtacks - but it looks tacky. LOL! Sorry - had to get that pun in. (Okay, so maybe it's not really funny.) But I really would like to know if anyone has any ideas about how to fix it, short of ripping it out completely. Please don't tell me to get a new car. I love it...it's 15 years old, but has been a good car, and runs/looks well in every other way.
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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Pull the whole liner out.
It will make it easier to fix
You might be able to do it in the car.

Get some spray contact cement, spray adhesive.
I think you can figure out the rest.
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Old 05-05-2011, 09:10 AM
 
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As long as the fabric is still in good shape you could even reuse it
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Old 05-05-2011, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Oxford, Ohio
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Yeah, that's my concern....I'm thinking the fabric itself is starting to rot a bit because there are a few minor holes in places and I seem to be able to push my finger through it too easily.

So to pull it out.....do I have to unscrew all the trim, or can I just slit it down the middle, spray the glue, and then reset it?
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Get some spray contact cement, spray adhesive.
I think you can figure out the rest.
Figuring out the rest means figuring how to hold the liner up against the roof while waiting for it to dry.

I think there are only two ways:
1. Turn the car upside down. Or
2. Deploy the airbags to hold it up.
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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Not really, It's contact cement.
You spray it on, then wait until it gets tacky then press it into place.
Once you put the liner in place it's going to stay put.
It will not release.

3m 90 hi-strength contact spray adhesive., it's water proof too.

The op says it has holes in it already.
Just reach up and spray it threw the holes, wait and put it back in place. You don't need to remove it or sit there holding it up as it drys..
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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You spend $150.00 and get it replaced. Nothing else does a good job, unless your only interest is to keep it from tickling your hair...
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:44 AM
 
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LOL, I used staples. I saw some upholstery like pins specifically to use for headliners but the staples worked okay.
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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The issue with sagging headliners isn't so much the fabric, but the foam backing that is disintegrating. Adhesive isn't going to help loose foam stick to loose foam.

Physical means (pins, staples, etc.) or have it replaced by a shop is the only real solution.
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Old 05-05-2011, 01:18 PM
 
Location: United States
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Thought awhile back at Auto Zone or one of the auto stores there was a headliner tack kit. Some sort of tacks you use that actually dont look like tacks. Check the auto stores
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