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Old February 18th, 2015, 07:43 PM
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Cleaning Headliner

My headliner is in pretty good shape but the light grey is pretty filthy...not quite sure what the material is but what have people found to be the best to clean it with? I was almost tempted to use a Mr clean magic eraser but again not really sure of the material...

In the warm weather I may remove it to fix some minor sagging around the skylights...anyone resurface their headliner, and did you glue it directly to the current material?
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Old February 18th, 2015, 08:04 PM
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I have had a couple cars professionally cleaned. They don't recommend anything but vacuuming the headliner.
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I was talking to Dave Marchand (known for being fastidious-thats not a bad thing) and he's going to peel one back to the cardboard backer and have it shot with Line X. That combo will never sag and can be cleaned with spray cleaners and a paper towel.

If its sagging anywhere it will all fall if you mess with it. The backer is a thin open cell foam that breaks down over time and thats why it sags. Any chemical hastens that process.
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Headliner repair

The factory headliner in my 97 NAS separated in most areas and was sagging as you described. I searched unsuccessfully for similar material because I wanted to maintain a factory look. I pulled both front and rear headliners out (removed roll bar), peeled the factory material off the fiberglass (the foam disintegrates causing the sagging), scraped and vacuumed the foam residue from both sides, glued a thin layer of neoprene to the fiberglass (purchased off eBay) to act as a cushion, then glued the material to the neoprene. I used large ziplock bags full of sand to keep the neoprene then material moulded to the fiberglass while the glue dried. the process was time consuming but the results were very good and I retained the factory look. While the headliner was out I Dynomat lined the roof and added a layer of that silver bubble insulation. It cut some of the noise down. It's all holding well almost two years later. Good luck! I have a few pics somewhere if you'd like to see.
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I was talking to Dave Marchand (known for being fastidious-thats not a bad thing) and he's going to peel one back to the cardboard backer and have it shot with Line X. That combo will never sag and can be cleaned with spray cleaners and a paper towel. If its sagging anywhere it will all fall if you mess with it. The backer is a thin open cell foam that breaks down over time and thats why it sags. Any chemical hastens that process.
I've seen something like this done with a rubberized undercoating spray. Maybe that helps soften the feel a bit. Don't know how well that surface would clean up though.
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On my D1 I removed all fabric and painted it with almond colored rust oleum. Zero issues for about 3 years now. Stephen at SafariHP dyed my 110 headliner a charcoal color and it looks great.
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Had mine done..

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My headliner is in pretty good shape but the light grey is pretty filthy...not quite sure what the material is but what have people found to be the best to clean it with? I was almost tempted to use a Mr clean magic eraser but again not really sure of the material...

In the warm weather I may remove it to fix some minor sagging around the skylights...anyone resurface their headliner, and did you glue it directly to the current material?


at a local shop and they found an 80's Mercedes Vinyl that looks almost identical. Matches the sunvisors which I did not have redone and it looks great. Kinda pricey tho..

If anyone want the fabric code I'm sure they would give it to me. Let me know if anyone wants pictures...
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Lasalle etc headliners seem crazy money. Need to figure out a DIY/Cheap Bastard solution for a SW with bare roof (and external ribs)
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You can clean it with baby wipes and/or windex and it comes out great. The UK forums recommend baby wipes.
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You can clean it with baby wipes and/or windex and it comes out great. The UK forums recommend baby wipes.
Might as well start with that....and if I pull the headliner down to insulate, I can always use a few matching Christmas tree pins to hold up the few sagging areas...
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I'm telling you guys, the best thing to clean virtually anything on these trucks is the old Bleche White. Before McGuiars took it over. Cleans everything but ya gotta pay attention..
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