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How to repair a cloth roof in cars

2012-03-07   Views:4

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The interior cloth portion of a car that hangs overhead is called a headliner. Headliners are usually crafted from cloth that correlates to the rest of the car's interior. Over time, headliners can become dirty, worn and detached from the surface. On

How to repair a cloth roof in cars

The interior cloth portion of a car that hangs overhead is called a headliner. Headliners are usually crafted from cloth that correlates to the rest of the car's interior. Over time, headliners can become dirty, worn and detached from the surface. Once the headliner becomes damaged from normal wear and tear or abuse, it can become an eyesore for the car's interior. In order to rejuvenate the car's interior, repairing a headliner by replacing it is necessary and easy to do with the right tools, materials, and guidance.

Skill level:Moderate

Things you need

ScissorsMeasuring tape3M Craft Spray or cement glueSewing machine or needle and threadScrewdriverFabricHeadliner insulationFabric chalk

Instructions

1 Examine the roof of your car to see the extent of the damage to the headliner. Take this time to measure the dimensions of the headliner so that you can choose the proper amount of fabric. Choose the fabric to correspond to the colour and motif of the interior of your car.

2 Remove the trim from the headliner. There are plastic pieces of trim that enclose the headliner. Using a screwdriver, remove the plastic trim from the entire circumference of the headliner. Also, remove the visor, brackets, and rear view mirror. Remove these parts to ensure that all areas of the headliner will be able to be removed.

3 Remove the headliner. Now that the trim is gone, you should be able to see the headliner in its entirety. Begin removing the headliner starting at the front, working your way towards the back of the car. Remove the headliner carefully to ensure that other parts of the car's roof, including any electrical components, will not be compromised. Remove the bows also.

4 Cut the headliner fabric and mark the headliner bows. Add two inches to each of your previously recorded measurements. Based upon your new calculations, use scissors or a craft blade to cut the fabric in nice clean lines. Place the old headliner and the new headliner side by side. Using chalk, outline the bow pockets from the old headliner onto the new headliner.

5 Sew the bow pockets into the new headliner fabric allowing enough space for the bows. Sew the bow pockets on the inside of the fabric.

6 Spray the fabric with adhesive. With the back side of the fabric lying face up, lightly spray or brush craft adhesive like 3M craft spray or contact cement. The adhesive will not become dry, but it will become tacky. Allow the headliner to sit until the adhesive is tacky.

7 Install the headliner insulation and headliner. While the adhesive is drying, install the headliner insulation. This insulation is specifically formulated for cars to keep in cool air, heat, and muffle sound. Simply insert the insulation in the car's roof overhead, placing it in the metal crevices of the roof or use adhesive to bond the insulation to the roof. Be sure to purchase insulation that is formulated for the make, year, and model of your car. Install the headliner. Beginning with the back of the car, install the bows. Once all bows are secured, begin to smooth the fabric tightly with your hands. This will ensure that the new headliner will be free of lumps and bumps. Once the headliner is smooth and installed, you can either tuck or cut excess fabric.

Tips and warnings

Number your bows so that you will remember the order and placement of each bow when you install the new headliner.

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