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Cheap, Simple Headliner Repair

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Cheap, Simple Headliner Repair

Post by PeteB » Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:22 pm

Our car is not in very good cosmetic shape, so I'm looking for a simple easy headliner repair.
Has anyone tried these little cork screw things, is there a backing for them to screw into
behind the cloth in the 850?
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Re: Cheap, Simple Headliner Repair

Post by jreed » Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:03 am

I use them on our 1997 855 GLT (197k miles). Yes, they screw into the fiberboard backing underneath the cloth surface of the headliner. I like them... inexpensive, easy to install, effective. The main negative is that you can see them.

Picture of the pins installed here:
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Re: Cheap, Simple Headliner Repair

Post by PeteB » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:00 am

This is exactly the simple easy fix that we're looking for, good to know that it works.

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Re: Cheap, Simple Headliner Repair

Post by rspi » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:08 am

I would not recommend it. The foam in the liner is bad, deteriorating, falling down and likely inhaled into your respiratory system every time you hit a bump or ride with the windows down. Can't be healthy, just my opinion.
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Re: Cheap, Simple Headliner Repair

Post by PeteB » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:22 am

Ours has not come loose at any of the seams, so there is nothing falling down
other than fabric.
You might be right that microscopic particles get though but who knows.

Thanks for the caution.

I hope that catching it early helps to make this work out without that issue.

Have I mentioned that I hate this car! LOL!

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Re: Cheap, Simple Headliner Repair

Post by kaneelschep » Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:27 pm

Mine didnt come loose for quite some time. Just hung a bit. But once some luggage pulled it apart at the end, and then it came apart completely very fast. snowing orange glue/foam dust. And no way to put it back.

On a wagon it is actually quite an easy job to replace the whole thing. Or take the old foam/flue off and glue new stuff on it.
few bolts and screws. And some clicking panels.

But I do like the creative solutions with pins, etc! ;)

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