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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 08:56 AM
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Anyone know a GOOD way to fix fallen car roof upholstery?
My Buick's interior roofing upholstery completely dropped down on me last weekend and I'm not sure how to fix it.

Another Buick that I had years ago (easily the ugliest car ever) had the same problem and I tried the old staple method which actually made it worse.

A spray adhesive? Anyone?
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Lefta Dissenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 08:57 AM
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1. Mr. Vote
Edited on Fri Sep-24-04 09:01 AM by Vote_Clark_In_WI
has used spray adhesive for an old car of ours. Worked fine.

edited to add that it was 3M contact adhesive.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:04 AM
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7. Listen to Mrs. Vote
Spray adhesive, a good one. Should work fine.
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 08:57 AM
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2. Drive upside down?
:shrug:
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billbuckhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:00 AM
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3. There are services that reglue your headliner
Try google or yellow pages
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:00 AM
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4. IN the car?
Or the car itself?

Where would I put the muffler?
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:17 AM
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18. Either way.
Get some big honkin' tires and flip the car.

Or just turn yourself upside down, that way your feet will hold up the cloth.

Easy.
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:01 AM
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5. put it back up on blocks and forget about it
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:10 AM
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14. And mess up my new landscape architecture?
Nah!
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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:12 AM
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16. why not?
i mean the fridge makes an "ok" planter but the front yard looks a little "out of balance" from the street!
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LisaLynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:01 AM
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6. I just hold it up ...
with my head.
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MallRat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:06 AM
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8. Two words: Duct. Tape.


Comes in many colors!

-MR
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mrboba1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:08 AM
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11. Nah - staples!!!
Edited on Fri Sep-24-04 09:09 AM by mrboba1
Do it till you get it right!

:silly:

I could've told you staples wouldn't work...
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RubyDuby in GA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:09 AM
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12. I second the duct tape
Duct tape holds the world together.
And rhinestones make it pretty. :hippie:

Or use a big staple gun. If one of those suckers doesn't do the trick, it might be time to start thinkin' replacement.
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markus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:07 AM
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9. Ducttape and WD-40
If it moves and it shouldn't, use duct tape.

If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40.

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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:08 AM
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10. have it replaced.
I tried the glue thing, the staple thing even the driving with one hand holding it up thing......finally spent the $50.00 to have it replaced.
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Mr.Green93 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:10 AM
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13. if it has a foam backing
you can use small screws to hold it up. It worked for me.
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:11 AM
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15. Pull It Down... Glue Up Some Shag Carpeting
and then put some "bobble" pom-pom fringe around the edge. (You know... like those sombrero decorations.)

-- Allen

P.S. Add some fuzzy dice, some spinning hubcaps and you're all set.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:15 AM
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17. Fuzzy Danglers?
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RubyDuby in GA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:18 AM
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19. Now that's what I'm talkin' about
Go ahead...pimp that ride.
I would totally go out of my way to be seen in a ride like that.
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Wickerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:20 AM
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20. Pull it down and forget it
Hell, I'm watching the road when I drive, not staring at my roof.

Actually, I'd go with the 3m Adhesive stuff that folks above suggested. I've had that happen to cars in the past - when I lived in warm climes, but I did what I suggested, ripped it down and forgot it. I would've been better to try to repair it. :shrug:
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:26 AM
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21. The headliner thing....
Modern headliners use a foam-backed fabric glued to a cardboard form that is held against the roof. The foam outgasses, dries out, crumbles and the fabric hits your noggin.

If you don't like the look of thumbtacks (they come in colors now), you can pick up some replacement fabric and aerosol contact adhesive from Pep Boys or similar automotive supply chain and replace it yourself.

The hard part is removing the cardboard form. You will need to remove the mouldings around the doors and windows, usually held on with screws. You should put a painting tarp inside to catch the dust while you do this. Wear a paint mask and eye protection. It's a very dusty job.

Clean as much foam residue from the cardboard form as you can before spraying the adhesive. Apply the new fabric, trim and install. Invite friends so they can make rude and unhelpful comments. Surprise them by guilt-tripping them into grilling dinner. Remeber that Bush was Awol. Job done!
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Mrs_Beastman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:37 AM
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22. staples!
borrow your Swingline stapler from work......Just don't take Milt's Swingline stapler....don't want him to burn down the building
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 09:47 AM
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23. I used an Arrow stapler with no trouble...
POSsy the Ford's headliner fell, and i hated POSsy so much that instead of doing the job "right", I just took the Arrow and had at it. the cardboard was thick enough to hold the 1/4" staples I used...
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GR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-24-04 10:04 AM
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24. Try This Link....
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