Is it sagging in the center?
You’ll need to replace the entire headliner.
Unfortunately, there’s no quick or handy way to re-glue the center of your headliner onto the backing board. Instead, you’ll need to remove the headliner completely and replace it with new fabric.
Which adhesive spray to use to repair the car headliners?
A high-temperature adhesive spray is best.
Spray glue is easy to apply in an even layer and helps your headliner stick firmly to the backing board. Professionals recommend using a high-temperature adhesive—about 2 cans are enough for a standard sedan, but you might need more if you’re repairing a larger vehicle.
When should one seek to repair a car headliner?
Repair After an Accident: This is the most common reason to get upholstery repair. The soft surfaces inside your car can experience rips, tears, burns, and other types of damage during an accident. Repairing these will help you move on after the collision.
Cigarette Damage: If you are a smoker, then you know how damaging cigarettes can be to fabric! Both ashes and also cigarette butts can damage your car interior, even if you are careful. Repair the damaged fabric to fix the look of your car.
Water Damage: This is also very common. Water damage can come from getting stuck in the rain or from spilling a liquid inside your car. An upholstery repair can fix the damage.
Wear and tear: The adhesive breaks down over time.
Your car’s headliner is actually made with 2 different materials—polyurethane, a foam-like layer that goes directly over your car ceiling, and a layer of fabric that goes on top of the polyurethane. This headliner stays in place with an adhesive; over time, as the glue breaks down, the headliner starts to droop and sag off your car’s ceiling. Typically, the car headliner starts to sag after 10-15 years.
Habits to develop for keeping your car clean at all times
- Keep trash bags in your car
- Don’t smoke inside the car
- Dust your floor mats from time to time
- Avoid eating inside the car
- Clean up messes as soon as they happen
- Avoid air fresheners
- Keep tissue or wet wipes in your car
- Be organized; get rid of anything in your car that you don’t require.