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Old 08-13-2005, 06:19 PM
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sagging headliner

Have a 90 pontiac that the complete headliner has drooped down and rests on your head. How are the held up and what's a fix? It doesn't have to be pretty.

Stay cool everyone..a scorcher here in CT.

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Old 08-13-2005, 07:08 PM
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Get some spray adhesive in a rattle can and stick it back up. Get up underneath it and work your way from one end to the other.
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The cloth may have let loose from the cardboard backing.................or, the cardboard backing may have come away from the roof supports.

You will have to take the whole thing down to fix....................Don't care if it's pretty?

If it's just the fabric, pull it off and paint the cardboard........
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Get some spray adhesive in a rattle can and stick it back up. Get up underneath it and work your way from one end to the other.
I have tried that, but it won't stay up as the previous glue keeps coming down with the new glue. If you get it down and scrape off all the old adhesive, it will stick.
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Once the headliner starts to sag, there is no fixing it. The foam backing on the headliner cloth deteriorates, and lets the cloth sag. The only solution is to remove the headliner board and clean it off, and glue new headliner material to the board. Or, you could take the celistial course, and use push pins to lay out the constellations in the headliner, and enjoy the view.
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If you don't use High-Temp glue it'll never stay up, no matter what you do!

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The best adhesive I have found is the 3M 8088 General Trim Adhesive. It works really good on headliners, bonding upholstery material to scrim, and a hundred other things inside a car. I have used it for years on headliners with great results, and no failures. Oh, yeah, this adhesive is available at Wal-Mart for $8.88. You can't get it that cheap at the local Auto Parts store.
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Old 08-14-2005, 09:35 AM
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Here are the basic steps I used to fix my Fiero
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I used 3M contact cement from HomeDepot and brushed it on.
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There is cardboard then foam the headliner. The foam rots so nothing is going to work to keep the cloth up because the foam just keeps falling. You can buy new material then remove the cardboard and scrape it clean then glue the new stuff to that.
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If you try to reglue the material to the board you will make a mess,I have worked on many that were reglued and usually it will leave lumps in it when done. The glue will harden the foam that is still attached to the board and sometimes not come off and the boards on the newer cars are a little softer then the older ones and might make it seperate when trying to remove the foam and glue,just take it to someone who will fix it right. Jeff
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There are kits that can be ordered off the internet for the do it yourselfers. I have done several through the years at my folk's shop. Be careful removing the headliner backing from the car. Try not to break the retaining clips, if there are any. They may be reused. Sometimes replacements are hard to find and may be costly if you have to buy them. You need to remove the backing material from the car to work the new material on a flat surface. Since others have given you info on how to I won't go on much further. All in all its not hard to do, but can be a hassle to get it right. It may be worth checking out getting it done professionally. Good luck!
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