The only attractive way to repair this is to completely replace the headliner material. I've not done this on my JGC, but I have done it on my Volvo wagon. I gotta think it's pretty much the same process.
remove the headliner completely by removing any interior parts, panels, clip, including visors, overhead consoles, lights, etc.
take the entire panel out the rear door. be careful to not break the board, it's a fairly thin fiberglass/fiberboard type thing.
lay the headliner upside down on a sheet of plywood. Up on sawhorses keps it at working height. Upside down means soft, cloth side up, this is what you will be removing.
peel the cloth off, it will leave behind the deteriorating foam. the foam is what fails and makes the headliner fall in the first place.
using a wire or stiff plastic brush, "scrub" the foam off the headliner panel. This will be messy!! Scrub, vacuum, scrub vacuum, wear a mask. You will be able to get almost all of the stuff off, don't be surprised if whats left feels kind of gummy. Just get it fairly smooth.
Here's what you need to buy: headliner material at an upholstery shop, sold by the yard, and 3M Super Trim Adhesive, accept no substitute. The right adhesive is what will keep you from redoing this in 6 months. The "Heads-Up" brand you can get at the corner parts store is crap!!
lay the new fabric over the headliner panel and trim it to fit, leaving a little extra all the way around.
Okay, now the fun part. Fold the material back 1/2 way. In other words, from the front of the headliner, fold the cloth back so 1/2 of the board is exposed. You will now have 1/2 the board exposed and 1/2 of the back of the fabric.
Spray the exposed part of the board with the adhesive, and spray the back of the foam that's exposed. Coat heavily, but don't soak the cloth or it wil bleed through.
Folow the instructions on the can for the time to wait before you press these two together
When ready, begin foldingthe two "glued" halves together from the middle, smoothing as you go. Don't try to stetch the headliner material, it will only pull loose later. Take your time, you have more time than you think. Don't worry about cut-outs or anything now, you can do that later
Now fold back the other 1/2 and repeat the above steps.
Let it sit overnight, then trim the material fairly close around the outside, leaving about a 1/4 to a 1/2 inch extra. Now cut out holes such as overhead lights, visors, etc.
In the immortal words of Chilton manuals everywhere, installation is the reverse of removal!!
Should be it, except for putting up with the adhesive smell for a few days
If you have a sunroof, this is likely way more complicated!
I make no claim to know exactly how to remove which interior panels, just giving you the general steps to replacing the fabric.
Give it a shot, it's not that hard, and can save you a few hundred $ over what an upholstery shop wold charge you.
Doing a temp fix with the headliner material you've got to now is just that, temporary. Once the foam begins to seperate, it will continue. Even if you glue up the corner that's loose now, it will look like crap, AND it will droop somewhere else in a few months.
I'm a big advocate of doing it right once, not doing it wrong 18 times!
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98 Grand Cherokee Limited 5.9
98 Grand Cherokee Laredo
Last edited by leftfield6; 10-17-2005 at 05:15 AM..
If you go to Auto Zone or similar, they sell an arosol can of headliner adhesive. Assuming the foam backing is sound, simply spray the adhesive on, let it set as per instructions, then press the fabric back in place.
Black 1996 5.2L ZJ Limited