5 Hacks To Fix A Sagging Headliner Quickly

5 hacks to fix a sagging headliner quickly

A sagging headliner can be a nightmare, and expensive to repair. We’ve put together a top 5 of hacks that can help to fix your sagging headliner quickly and cheaply.

The headliner, or headlining, is the fabric part attached to the roof of your car. It gives the roof a nice finish, dampens noise and keeps the cold out. Over time the headlining fabric can separate from its backing board, resulting in a so-called “sagging headliner”.

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The sagging occurs because the condition of the glue that holds it to the backing deteriorates over time. The process is accelerated if the headlining becomes wet. The glue will become moist and will dissolve. Sometimes the sagging gets so bad that it gets in the way, it’s the point at which you will need to have it fixed.
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5 Hacks To Fix Your Sagging Headliner Quickly

We would always advise to get your headlining sorted professionally as to not damage your car in any way, however sometimes you may just want to get your sagging headliner sorted quickly and cheaply. Here’s a couple of hacks you can try to stop your roof lining from sagging:

1. Gluing The Headlining Back In Place

If the headlining on the car has only sagged partially, for example around the edges, you could use glue to re-attach it. It’s best to use specialist headlining adhesive in a spray can , to ensure that the glue is distributed evenly. Though some DIYers like to use hot glue re-attach the headlining.

If you want to do things properly it’s best to take your headlining panel out of your car completely, remove the fabric and get rid of all the glue. Then use specialist headlining adhesive to glue the headlining back in place.

2. Pinning The Sagging Headliner

It’s best of course to just get your sagging headliner fixed permanently as the problem will only get worse over time. If you need a quick fix, though, there’s a couple of things you can do. One classic hack is to use pins to push the sagging headliner back on its foam backing board.
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3. Using Staples And Hair Spray

This may seem like a very unusual method but there is evidence that this works. First staple the headlining back on its backing board with a stapler. You would need a stapler gun of course, as a conventional paper stapler won’t really work. Once that’s done spray the headlining with hairspray and let it dry. Once dry, remove the staples.

If you’re looking for a cheap, but semi-permanent fix then this method may be one to consider if you have a car that’s too old to put lots of money in.

4. Steam Cleaner And Paint Roller

Use a steam cleaner to melt and moisturise the glue in the headlining. Then use an unused paint roller to follow the steam cleaner, rolling the headlining flat and remove any wrinkles. Make sure not to overdo the steaming, as you may shrink or burn the headlining otherwise. This method may not if the glue in your headlining has dried out too much.

5. Using Double Sided Tape

If your headlining has come loose and you can access it inside then you could use double-sided tape to stick it back onto the roof. This will likely work out best if the headlining has sagged around the edges of the roof or if it has separated around the rear view mirror mounting.

In all cases make sure to research whether the hack is suitable for your car. Remember, you could always make the problem worse. If you’re not sure how to tackle the problem it’s probably best to find an upholsterer, or just save the hassle and get a new headlining.

About Kurt Schleier

Resident classic car enthusiast and blogger at Clickmechanic.

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