The headliner of the car is just like other normal fabric. Its fabric is attached by glue. Thus, with time, it loses its adhesiveness and starts coming down. There is no need to panic. You can fix it on your own. After reviewing my blog post, you will be more confident to trickle and fix this problem. I will discuss the full procedure on how to fix headliners in car, which you have to follow.
Here is the list of steps I am going to discuss briefly:
- Diagnose the issue with the car’s headliner
- Prepare the car for installation
- Remove the existing headliner
- Clean the area for installation
- Measure and cut the new headliner
- Install the new headliner
- Attach the new headliner
- Trim and Fit the Headliner
- Seal the headliner in place
- Install New Retainers and Clips
- Replace the Visor
- Apply Adhesive to the Headliner
- Give Finishing touches – cleaning, reattaching trim, etc.
How to Fix Headliners in Car
STEP 1: Diagnose the issue with the car’s headliner:
Before replacing your car’s headliner, you must determine what’s causing the problem.
Common issues with headliners include:
Once you know the problem, you can proceed with the repair process.
STEP 2: Prepare the car for installation:
To replace the headliner, you need to remove the seats, seat belts, and any other components that may be in the way.
This will give you access to the headliner and make it easier to work on.
STEP 3: Remove the existing headliner:
Next, you need to remove the old headliner. This is typically done by pulling it away from the car’s roof, being careful not to damage the material or the roof itself.
STEP 4: Clean the area for installation:
Once the old headliner is removed, you need to clean the area where the new headliner will be installed.
This involves removing any old adhesive or debris from the car’s roof. You can clean it by wetting the cloth and gradually moving it to the affected area.
If it still doesn’t get clean, add washing powder to water for a better result.
STEP 5: Measure and cut the new headliner:
After cleaning the area, you can measure and cut the new headliner. You’ll need to measure the roof’s dimensions and cut the headliner to fit.
STEP 6: Install the new headliner:
Once the new headliner is cut to size, you can begin installing it. This is typically done by spraying adhesive onto the roof of the car., as shown in the above picture.
Then carefully placing the headliner onto the adhesive. Let it rest for some time.
STEP 7: Attach the new headliner:
Once the new headliner is in place, could you attach it to the car’s roof? While attaching the new headliner, spray it gently so that it will be fixed properly.
STEP 8: Trim and fit the headliner:
After attaching the headliner, you must trim any excess material and ensure it fits snugly against the car’s roof.
It will keep your headline straight without any up and down.
STEP 9: Seal the headliner in place:
Once the headliner is trimmed and fitted, you must seal it. This is typically done using adhesive or glue.
STEP 10: Install new retainers and clips:
After the headliner is sealed, you can install any new retainers and clips needed to hold it in place, as shown in the above picture.
STEP 11: Replace the visor:
Next, you’ll need to replace the visor. This involves removing the old visor and installing a new one.
Screw to the headliner:
Once the visor is in place, you must apply a screw to the headliner to ensure it stays in place.
STEP 12: Give finishing touches – cleaning, reattaching trim, etc.
Finally, you’ll need to give the headliner a few finishing touches. This may include cleaning the area around the headliner, reattaching any removed trim, and ensuring everything are in place.
Every car headliner gets off after some time. It’s normal and common. All you have to fix it by grabbing some tools.
You can do it easily by going through all my above-discussed steps and supposed to follow all the steps carefully to get 100% satisfactory results.
You are then taking the old headliner off then applying adhesive on your new headliner. After attaching your new headliner, could you not touch it? Let the glue sit in it.
Once you learn to fit and replace it, you can do it once a year. It will enhance your car’s look and make it more attractive.
I am an Automotive specialist. I graduated from Michigan with Bachelor in Automotive Engineering and Management. Also, I hold degrees in Electrical and Automation Engineering (BEng), Automatic and Industrial Electronic Engineering, and Automotive Technology. I have worked at General Motors Company for over five years as the Marketing Operations Production Coordinator. Now, I own my garage in Miami, Florida. I love cars and love to share everything about them with my readers. I am the founder of the Automotiveex blog, where I share everything about automotive, like car news, car mechanical issues, and anything else that comes up in my blog posts.