Date registered: Jan 2006
Vehicle: 73 280SE 4.5, 71 300SEL, 03 BMW Z4, 72 Fiat 850, 80 Triumph TR7, 85 Porsche 911
Location: DC Area
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Why remove it at all? Take off the dome lights and re=spray it yourself. I did this on my 114 years ago and had awesome results.
First thing: remove the lights.
2. Wipe the whole headliner with acetone (nail polish remover). By the gallon, it costs about $4. This rmoves amor all, protectants, etc, and opens the pores of the material. Acetone won't hurt or dissolve the headliner.
3. Go to a hardware store and buy pre-dye spray, and the color of choice. For the color, you're looking for two cans of leather dye (same as naugahyde or plastic dyes). The prey-dye enables the color to adhere to the material.
4. Buy blue painter's tape and plastic to protect everything else near the headliner. You can also use old newspaper, unwanted Geico adverts, etc.
5. Using a "greenie" or brillo pad with a sponge (typical kitchen thing), scrub the hell out of the headliner with the acetone. Allow it to stand an hour or so, with the windows down. Tape everything off as it dried.
6. Spray on the pre-dye stuff and let it dry. I think the time was 15 mins, but it's been a while.
7. Spray the dye on the whole headliner, and do it with a couple coats, in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
8. Put the lights back on.
9. Brag to everyone how great you are that you spent "days" fixing your own car, when you and I know it really took you an hour and a half.
Cost: $4 or so for the acetone
$.78 for the brillow pad
$5 for the painter's tape
$0 for used newspaper or annoying, unasked-for adverts from insurance companies you never intend to use. Ever.
$7 for a can of pre-dye spray
$8 per can for the spray-on color
Cost if you have someone else do it:
$120 per hour for the labor (x 2.5 hours or more taking it out and putting back in)
$120 for parts that are identical to what you'd get from Lowes or Home Depot
Again, I used my method on a 114 restoration from years past, and it worked like a charm. There's no sense in having someone do this for you, or buying an entirely new headliner, just because of a stain.