Headliner repair

Interior and Electrical

  1. 88_AHB

    88_AHB Well-Known Member

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    Hey everyone,
    I was able to track down a headliner for my dippy out of a 5th ave. Of course the headliner fabric was drooping so it was removed.When I removed all the trim pieces and sun visors, the corners where the visors mount became a bit brittle and were stuck between the fabric. I was curious if others have came across this situation? How to repair or rebuild torn or ripped areas of the headliner for new fabric. I was going to try and find some similar fabric(paper). Trace the corners and sandwich the areas covered with spray adhesive with some weight on top let dry. I have a few pics of these areas,doesn't really show the brittleness/tears but gives you an idea.Also curious where everyone is finding correct colors for their headliners? or if its just a matter of matching up to the correct color etc. Thanks

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  2. DCAspen

    DCAspen Well-Known Member

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    Fiberglass resin,I had to repair mine in my T-Top car due to the mouse nest,you can sand it smooth when done and cloth cover it. 013.JPG 027.JPG 017.JPG 024.JPG 025.JPG 016.JPG 023.JPG
     
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  3. Mikes5thAve

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    The 80s headliners aren't hard like the older ones. i don't see what the problem with the 88 one in those pics. The yellow backing on mine started coming apart at the edges a bit from being rubbed thru the door frame getting it in and out. If anything I used a bit of duct tape on the back to reinforce the worst spots but even left alone nothing was noticable after it was back in place and the last time it was out was close to 20 years ago. Don't go overboard with it, you could make it worse.
     
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    Like i said its hard to tell in the pics, just a reference. When i took the sun visors off the mounting area stuck to some to the headliner. Partially pulling/tearing where it sat is the issue. Theres also a few other small tears when uninstalling it happened unfortunately nothing terrible. These headliners sure are brittle.
     
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    Mine was very brittle,I had to spray it with water and reshape it using weights.Took awhile to get the right shape but in the end it came out real nice.