Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 20:28:16 GMT
Subject: Re: Case Study: Headliner part 6/6

In article <7roft0$k1d$>, David M. Arnold <> wrote: > > > Headliner Replacement: A Case Study (part 6 of 6) > > 8: Summary > > Removing and repairing the fabric on the headliner is a job > that can be tackled by anyone possessing a minimum of mechanical > expertise. Reparing the fabric on the sunroof is more involved, > since dismantling and reassembling the sunroof mechanism is > involved. This task should be attempted only by someone confident > in their mechanical skills. I had help with mine. > > Anyone attempting headliner repair should keep the following > in mind: > > 1) The headliner shell is delicate, especially on a model with > a sunroof. The shell should be handled from the sides only. My shell was rotted away in areas. Replaced with cardboard. > > 2) Standard headliner material has 1/4" polyurethane foam > backing. This is too thick for the sunroof, and special, > 1/8" backing material should be used. This material is more > expensive, and is available in fewer color choices. The 1/4" > material is fine for the headliner proper, and yields a plush > look. I used 1/8" all over, got the material inexpensively from a fabric store....."JoAnnes" > > 3) A factory-looking repair of the sunroof fabric probably > needs to be done by a professional auto trim shop. Simply > gluing the fabric on the sunroof will work, but the profile > of the underside of the sunroof will be visible through the > fabric. Hmmm.....mine isn't. > > 4) Even though 3M Super-77 has been mentioned as an appropriate > adhesive, I believe that it may be inappropriate for this > application. Especially in a model with a sunroof, the geometry > of the headliner poses a problem. I wish we had asked the > guy from whom we bought the material about the proper adhesive. > When we did the headliner in the '76 99GLi, I did not have > spray adhesive and used brush-on contact cement. Brush-on > cement has its own problems, but I think it did a better job > than the spray. Well the same thing happened to me although my fabric didn't shrink. At first I used just regular glue, and the liner fell down in back over the rear seats. Once I used the 3m, it was fine! Really, it looks great! I went with a darker grey instead of the lighter grey and the contrast with the light molding looks awesome. Had trouble with the chicken handles. Sent via Share what you know. Learn what you don't.

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