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Old 07-14-2010, 07:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Need a lot of help with the interior of my 1997. The interior lining has peeled away from the sun roof and the roof . In addition, the felt lining is beginning to fall off from the doors. The glue and/or 'orange spongy foam material' has begun to deteriorate.

Need advice on if I should remove old adhesive and foam, and what kind of adhesive I should apply. I've seen adhesives shrink and expand, pulling the liner with it, making the roof look like an entire mess. Please post DIY suggestions as to how I can get this interior looking new again. Thank you!

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Need a lot of help with the interior of my 1997. The interior lining has peeled away from the sun roof and the roof . In addition, the felt lining is beginning to fall off from the doors. The glue and/or 'orange spongy foam material' has begun to deteriorate.

Need advice on if I should remove old adhesive and foam, and what kind of adhesive I should apply. I've seen adhesives shrink and expand, pulling the liner with it, making the roof look like an entire mess. Please post DIY suggestions as to how I can get this interior looking new again. Thank you!
Go to the Flea Market. Plenty of vendors there who can Quote you on a new headliner.
I have the same problem, drooping headliner.
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Old 07-14-2010, 08:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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From my experience I would say it is best to remove the headliner yourself, prep it, then take it to an upholstery shop. I spent many many hours trying to do mine myself and it turned into an even bigger mess.
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Old 07-15-2010, 11:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hopes this helps.

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w202...er-repair.html

And as far as material I used fake suede (microfiber) You can use the thick stuff for the roof and front pillars, but you need to use the stretchy stuff for the rear deck and rear pillars... if you do a full redo.
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thanks for the tips! Any way I can salvage/reuse what I have already? Did you go with the suede just to have something different?
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No, you cant reuse the old material, it will stretch and become distorted. If you are just replacing the door material, I used gray canvas, no one was the wiser. After I noticed the rear coming apart, I replaced the whole interior with black microfiber. I posted some pics of what I did and of the finished roof on the write up.
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If you want to do it on the cheap, I used white thumb tacks, with the points dipped in glue, to hold my headliner up.
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I am having same problem =(
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Old 07-19-2010, 04:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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If you want to do it on the cheap, I used white thumb tacks, with the points dipped in glue, to hold my headliner up.

How did those thumb tacks work for you. Did it hold the roof up with all the windows down and the wind blowing? I want to avoid all the work with replacing the headliner. Does it look too tacky? Or is it passible. Right now I'm using duct tape.
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