How can I fix a drooping headliner in our old car?

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  1. Wade

    Wade Stunt Coordinator

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    You can't even see the top of the passengers head because it droops so much. You cant even roll down the passenger window because it's ripped along the edge thus allowing the wind to further the damage. I was thinking about ripping it out but then I thought a spray adhesive might do the trick. The only thing about the spray adhesive is it may be to thin and run through the fabric.

    Any quick and cheap ideas?

    Wade
     
  2. Eric Kahn

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    You did not say what kind of car
    spray adhesive will only be a short term fix, most headliners "droop" because they were originaly fixed to a backing with a thin layer of foam rubber and it is the foam rubber breaking down that cause's the cloth to fall, the spray adhesive will just pull down more foam rubber

    some times you can staple the headliner back up but this has become such a common probelm that you might be able to get it replaced for about 100 dollars epending on the car
     
  3. Wade

    Wade Stunt Coordinator

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    Eric,

    The car is an '89 Plymouth Sundance. Other than the headliner the interior is in pretty good shape. I'll look to see if I can staple it.

    Thanks,

    Wade
     
  4. Chad Ellinger

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    You can get a headliner repair kit at Salvo, Autozone, TrakAuto or some other auto parts store. They run about $30 + the cost of adhesive spray. Worked *reasonably* well in my car, much better than staples.
     
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    I used two-sided foam tape in my old Escort. Make sure to vacuum out the disintegrated foam or it may come back to haunt you.
     
  6. Chris Smith

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    In my old car I used thumbtacks. Then my friends started making a game out of re-aranging the thumbtacks to make images words or phrases. It was a good time.
     
  7. Bill_D

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    I had a '72 Buick Electra 225 in High School a while back and my headliner was loose as well. I didn't even think about fixing it until an Atlanta cop pulled me over and told me that my "fabric was flapping", "see about getting that fixed." Used some 2-sided tape that worked for 3 months at a time or until it rained. Kept a fresh roll in the trunk.
     
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  9. Bill_Weinreich

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    If you plan on replaceing the headliner, the DIY route will run you about $50 and an afternoon's time. Use the 3m adhesive #08088. If you plan on a professional, check around but it will probably run you about $150. If you just want it out of the way, most auto supply houses have screw in tacks just for that purpose (check the HELP! section)

    Bill
     

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