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Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 22:28:23 -0400
From: "Tim" <>
Subject: Re: Headliner question...

If it's a hatchback (3-door) it's easy. Take off all the fittings (visors, handles, etc.) and the headliner comes out through the hatch. If it's a sedan, the headliner comes out through the drivers side rear door - it's a struggle. When it's off, remove the fabric, scrape off ALL the foamy stuff and brush it dawn so there's almost none of it left. The stuff you want at the upholstery place has felt or foam already on the back of it, and it simply getts glued on. 3M#77 Spray Adhesive works better than contact cement. Buy at least three cans and spray it on BOTH halves and wait the suggested amount of time. Now CAREFULLY lay it on, working from the middle out to the sides, stretching a small amount. Don't do this while the glue is still wet, it has to almost dry to work properly. Use a lot though! The sunroof is similar, but you have to pull off the plastic 'frame' and take it off the clips. Same glue, same process. Remember - this stuff STINKS, so do it somewhere that's NOT your living room. Had to say it :-) It's a good idea to Scotch-guard a little around the sunroof handle (if it's a manual one) so the headliner doesn't get dirty-finger marks. This isn't for people who rush jobs- it takes patience. Good luck!!! >I headliner in my '89 900S is drooping. It droops more when it rains. It is >also badly done (opening in the corner of the sunroof). I know it can be >replaced with a kit, but is it hard to do. I have a little reupholstering >experience and thought I could tackle it. If not, can any car reupholstering >do it for me or should I see a Saab tech only? If I did it myself, what >potential problems do I need to look out for? > >Thanks is advance for your help. This newsgroup has always helped me in the >past. > >BTW - for those who have been answering all my posts, after $900.00 (more or >less) I am finally getting this recently purchased car together!!! (Only a >Saab-lover would spent this much on a used car!!) > >

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