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post #1 of 21 Old 11-10-2009, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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What's a good way to fix a sagging headliner?

I noticed earlier today my headliner started to sag slightly above the passenger seat, and I'd like to get this fixed, so I'd like your input on it please. I don't want to put any thumbtacks or staples or slits in the headliner. I'd like it to as clean and professional as possible without paying somebody to fix it, otherwise I'd take it to the dealership. So what's your best method to fix a sagging headliner?


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I noticed earlier today my headliner started to sag slightly above the passenger seat, and I'd like to get this fixed, so I'd like your input on it please. I don't want to put any thumbtacks or staples or slits in the headliner. I'd like it to as clean and professional as possible without paying somebody to fix it, otherwise I'd take it to the dealership. So what's your best method to fix a sagging headliner?
Depends if the fabric has let go, or if the fiberglass is cracked. If the fabric has let go, then u will need some light coats of spray on contact cement.. if the glass is cracked, well, forget it...


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I'm pretty sure the fabric lost its adhesive. A few weeks ago I scrubbed that area with an upholstery cleaner, and that probably loosened the fabric a little. Then, I drive with my windows down 90% of the time, so that probably made the headliner start to sag. It's not all that noticeable, but it's annoying knowing I have that problem. Where can I get some spray on contact cement, and how noticeable will any residue look after I spray it on?

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I'm pretty sure the fabric lost its adhesive. A few weeks ago I scrubbed that area with an upholstery cleaner, and that probably loosened the fabric a little. Then, I drive with my windows down 90% of the time, so that probably made the headliner start to sag. It's not all that noticeable, but it's annoying knowing I have that problem. Where can I get some spray on contact cement, and how noticeable will any residue look after I spray it on?
U can get the stuff at pep boys, autozone, wallmart. etc... you need to peel back the liner and spray a light coat on the fabric and a light coat on the glass backing wait about 15 mins and then stick them together.

Most automotive upholstery (or custom stereo) shops can do this for just a few bucks if you don't want to tackle it for yourself...

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3M Super 77 spray adhesive available at Home Depot.
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Thanks guys! It's gonna be a pain in the ass to peel back the headliner probably.

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Figured I'd bump this instead of making a new thread.

What's the opinion on 3M's actual automotive headliner adhesive verses Super 77? The purpose-formulated product is like twice as much and I suspect this might just be a case of "it's more expensive because it's 'for automotive'" but was wondering if anyone knew.

Will I have to worry about Super 77 soaking into the stock headliner cloth and becoming stiff? Temperature/moisture tolerance difference? I only need to make a small repair at the front passenger side.

Btw, is it supposed to be a "raw edge" like that at the front? I was surprised there was no plastic trim piece at the front on the headliner that covers the edge of the cloth on the foam.

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I don't think this is going to work out well. The fabric foam backing is what likely came apart. Half of the foam is probably stuck to the fiberglass, and half of it stuck to the fabric. You would probably have to use a lot of adhesive to hold all that foam together, and that's likely to show through the fabric. I paid an upholsterer $100 to apply new fabric to the headliner, and it matches the fabric on the pillars and visors pretty good. I got the low price because I removed and reinstalled the headliner myself.

Yep, driving down the interstate at high speed, with the windows open started the sagging in my case too.
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Mine is starting to sag in the rear now. Has anyone has any luck with the spray? I tried it on my BMW before, and it soaked through the cloth liner and showed. I would like to do it clean, but do it myself.

Has anyone been successful in repairing it themselves?

Why did Honda go to cloth? I never had a problem with the headliner in my 94 Accord. Uuugggh

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I've used the 3M headliner adhesive and it bled through the cloth. You can see where it was applied.

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I have a new roll of headliner fabric and a can of 3M 77. I plan to tackle this very same project in the coming weeks.

I'll let you all know how I made out.

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I tried this project years ago around the time this thread opened originally. I failed miserably and went the route blckflsh went.

The trick is to remove all the old foam material because it will crumble to the touch once it starts peeling. Use new headliner foam or just fabric. Apply the adhesive to the healiner itself instread of the fabric.

Let it partially dry before laying the fabric down.

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My method: Look for a good one in the junkyard then take a hammer to the rear glass so you can easily remove it. Upon returning home, take a hammer to your rear glass. Oh wait.....

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My method: Look for a good one in the junkyard then take a hammer to the rear glass so you can easily remove it. Upon returning home, take a hammer to your rear glass. Oh wait.....
...then take a hammer to your fill cap...

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The factory manual (helm) says to remove the A,B, and C pillar covers to remove the headliner, but it was easy to pull the headliner out from behind them because it is only tucked less than 1/2". Saves a lot of time by not removing pillar covers. Also, it's a tight fit getting the headliner out through the passenger side door, so move the passenger seat all the way back and be gentle.


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