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post #91 of 97 Old 07-29-2016, 11:00 AM
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I don't know if heat does it any good either. I don't think you see as many drooping headliners in colder climates. Of course it might also be a "dry cold".

It's not a terrible job. A bit time consuming, for sure, but the results are worth it. If you do tackle it, make sure you use the special 3M glue for headliners. It's supposed to hold better against higher temperatures than basic contact cements and other adhesives. So far the only issue I have is that I may have attacked cleaning the front edge of my headliner with a little too much zeal. It's the only place that's not holding, as the fiberboard liner-frame has gotten frayed up there, so the glue may be holding, but the fiberboard is opened up. Fortunately, it's held up there by the "A" pillars and visors, so it's unlikely to get in the way. I'm not thrilled about it, but I didn't read about being careful with that front edge until after I wasn't, apparently. Good luck.
IM guessing heat is it, as I don't have a garage, just a stone drive way. Guessing the heat loosens that foam even more.

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So. Related question here - my Jeep doesn't have the overhead console, but a buddy suggested the wiring was probably there for it since it was an option.

If that's actually the case, I could pull a JY headliner and get it redone, plus add the console. What do you think?

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Check that the wiring is there of course.

But it should work. You might not get all the functions since the temp sensor probably isn't in the front end, but the basics should work.

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Well. Again, if there is wiring for the sensor I could always add that. lol

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I read most if not all of the thread, and I don't think that anyone mentioned this... You can buy 'headliner fabric'. If you haven't seen it, it doesn't make sense to try to explain it, but just look at the pictures. I found a LT GRAY AUTOMOTIVE AUTO PRO HEADLINER FABRIC 3/16" FOAM BACKING 120"L X 60"W on ebay for $36.95 with free shipping. This type of material is what the factory uses. The foam is attached to the 'felt' part that droops down, and you only have to use the spray adhesive between the foam and the headliner shell / fiberglass frame part. This approach means that you won't see ANY of the original adhesive, since the foam between the shell and the felt makes up for all of the imperfections.

I HIGHLY recommend going this route. You can find it in just about every color, and its ridiculously easy to work with. It comes in a big roll. You can't find it at fabric stores, however, sometimes if you can find an automobile upholstery shop, they will have it on hand.

Here are a couple of images of the roll itself, and at the bottom is an image of the results from doing it myself in my old car. I expect my Jeep to turn out the same way. (note that I had not installed the little lights on the sides, thats what the holes in the ceiling are for).

Quick tip: don't bother wrapping around the sides on the inner items (overhead console, etc).. Just cut small holes for the mounts as well as a small hole for the wires. The screws will penetrate the material easily enough. This almost ALWAYS turns out to look better.
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I just used felt with a camo print. Same process with spray glue. I am post #71 also, 2 years ago, not a hint of sagging. Picture in this reply was recent.

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I tackled this project last weekend and it was very easy. It took about 45 minutes to disassemble everything and pull out the headliner board. Another half hour was spent cleaning it and preparing it for paint. I used three cans of spray on bed liner and let it dry over night. It turned out pretty nice but you can see the fiberglass texture. I think it looks fine though and I just knew I would mess up a cloth replacement with wrinkles and such.

It took about an hour to get everything back in place and only because I got the plastic tab behind the seat belt upside down the first time so had to take it back out, flip it, and reinstall to get the bolts in.

Overall, it was about 3 hours of total work and $30 worth of paint.

I still need to work over the roof center console though and will take pics after that is done.

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