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Volvo 850 Headliner Repair DIY Tutorial w/ Pictures

These headliner repair concepts could be applied to any car.

Red Arrow writes:
When spraying the 3M adhesive do it in a well ventilated area and wear a proper mark with vapour filters. Its a good idea to cover the ground with paper to protect it from over spray. Also wear some old horrible clothes and shoes because once it gets glue on them its never coming off. Gloves are highly recommended as well. Make sure you have good lighting so you can see what has and has not been sprayed with glue.

Volvo 850 Headliner Repair Tutorial - spraying the adhesive

byeboy writes:


“Back in the 50’s white headliners were cool, and replaced the very thin mouse grey felt fabic headliners all the cars from the 40’s and 50’s had.
A small fad began (no doubt springing from a “how-to” in one of the Hot Rod magazines (which were small, comic book sized back then). The fad was to PAINT the cloth headliners, in the car, with Latex Flat Wall paint…Strange, but true!

Well my 1950 Ford tudor..(which was loud, but far from any show car) got the treatment. I was in the Air Force at the time, and had to do it in the parking lot. It takes a lot of time, because you have to begin very slowly, and allow it to dry totally before the next coat..definitely a job only for hot, dry weather….but after many )bushed on) coats, I had a pretty darn nice looking white headliner. Stiff as a board, but it looked exactly like a fabric one.

Were I to do that again today (and my 850R’s headliner is looking pretty ‘baggy’), I would lightly spray, but use Acrylic Latex this time (They didn’t have that in 1960, when I dd the Ford), an give it a week after each of the first couple very light coats…after that, the backer board would be protected, and heavier coats could be applied.”

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