I am working on my own headliner fix, put the the headliner back on, but am having issues installing the sunroof frame, the support for the headliner. I dont remember how I took it out . Anyone have any suggestions?
Beef1337,Yacht Master, You say to "Unplug the wires to the rear view mirror and pull the mirror straight down.", however if I'm not mistaken, it looks like there are three screws that fasten the mirror assembly to the roof and I don't see where to access them to remove them. What holds the mirror in place, if its not screwed in?
The old fabric comes off quite easily, but the foam backing
is a huge mess.
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Once the fabric was removed we cleaned what was left of old
foam and adhesive, took hours to get it smooth. This part was
important because I have decided to go with Alcantera with out
a foam backing so I did not want imperfections to show through.
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Sunroof door cleaned up nice.
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Here is the first glue, only did the large center part to start with.
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This is the adhesive I used note High Temp, it is a contact cement
and requires a few minutes to tack.
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Thank you. That’s what I was most interested to know. So it’s basically sanding with a 3m mesh - no solvents to prepare or clean the surface?I've been behind the headliner but not to the extent that YachtMaster has. The OE foam is glued to the metal substrate
and over time, it weakens and the headliner separates. From my small repairs, you really need at least a 3M type
COURSE weave to 'sand' down and remove as much of the remaining foam from the metal before you try to apply new
adhesive. otherwise, you're simply applying glue to loosening, popcorn peeling foam...a poor foundation for any
prospective, long term repair.
Hopefully, YachtMaster will respond though he doesn't frequent here as much anymore
Thank you. I understand. I’ve been to the body shop and they won’t do it. The only option they had was to replace it with another old one- which ( the car is 20yo) and another old one would admittedly be dry & fail) so this is the option- not fussy about it- just interested in replacing the fabric in a secure manner. I’ve reupholstered furniture but this is a very different process with metal and glue. Mostly need to know what to consider & basic process. I really appreciate the tips and details. Thank youAs Yacht Master hinted at the end of post #11... don't try this at home, kids. Remove the headliner yourself, but take it to a pro shop and have them replace the fabric. At a minimum, call a few local shops and ask what they would charge if you remove the headliner and bring it to them. You may find it's worth paying the experts.
If you attempt it yourself, plan on it taking many, many, many hours to do right... and you could end up either not being happy with the results, or doing it all over again.
I’m cautious about the undertaking- we live between a couple small towns - no vehicle upholstery shop - the body shop even tried to find someplace. That’s why he tried to find another to replace it entirely.Body shops don't do this work. You need to contact an upholstery shop. The first problem is scraping off all the old foam, which is a nightmare. The second problem is getting the fabric to adhere without looking lumpy and/or wrinkled afterwards. Both are much more difficult than it sounds.
If you still go the DIY route, the posts earlier in this thread covered most of what you need to know. Keep in mind, there's a reason why you won't find a lot of threads on different forums showing how to DIY this. Most people happily pay a shop a few hundred bucks to walk out with a headliner that looks factory new.