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    I was taking some stuff from my sons house to my house and when I squeezed it all out it had made a nasty little tear in the head cloth above and behind the back seats.Is there any practical way of making this look good once more.I guess gluing it will always show could I stick something over it to take away from the damage.Like a little plastic vent cover or so.It is about 2 inches .Clumsy bar steward I know.But you guys are all so inspirational and car clever.I will be writing soon about possibly the GLOAT of the century. LOL just be patient and wait for it. Alistair
    Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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    Are you sure you are still of an age at which gazing at the headliner above the back seat is advisable?

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    • #3
      not much you can do.....time for a new car i'd say
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      • #4
        Yep, she is totaled, better start stripping all the shop worthy metal out of it.
        https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIF...7S66kX1s8rd0qA

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Alistair Hosie View Post
          I was taking some stuff from my sons house to my house and when I squeezed it all out it had made a nasty little tear in the head cloth above and behind the back seats.Is there any practical way of making this look good once more.I guess gluing it will always show could I stick something over it to take away from the damage.Like a little plastic vent cover or so.It is about 2 inches .Clumsy bar steward I know.But you guys are all so inspirational and car clever.I will be writing soon about possibly the GLOAT of the century. LOL just be patient and wait for it. Alistair
          Depends if its a decent car or an old clunker where a small tear in the headlining won't make any difference when you sell it. My understanding of headcloths is that no, they are not easily repairable, not an invisible repair anyway. Even professional body shops tend to have the headcloths done by a specialist. Probably your idea of gluing a small plastic vent over the damage to disguise it is the best option. If it isn't exactly on centreline, glue 2 on, one each side of the car, make it really look as if it was meant to be there.
          'It may not always be the best policy to do what is best technically, but those responsible for policy can never form a right judgement without knowledge of what is right technically' - 'Dutch' Kindelberger

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          • #6
            I'd suggest getting a time machine.

            I replaced the headliner on my first car (a '61 Chevrolet). Recollection is that a new one cost around $20 and was easy to install.

            Depending upon the material, a patch is likely to look slightly better to lousy. Maybe just stick something up there that whoever rides in the back seat will enjoy - a thousand kid's decals to choose from?? Maybe the skylight decal?

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            • #7
              I did one in a '62 bug, and it turned out pretty much factory, but what a huge pain in the neck.

              Big band aid?? Plaid duct tape??

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              • #8
                Self adhesive air freshener?

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                • #9
                  I have a feeling or had a feeling fitting a new one would be both difficult home job ,expensive shop job . The car is not old with 33 k on the clock and built in 2011 Alistair
                  Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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                  • #10
                    Alistair-

                    In the Colonies there are shops that specialize in 'auto detailing'- where they doll up used cars to look better. Really good shops don't need to advertise, so you may have to ask around to find one. I'm guessing they exist in the UK as well and a torn headliner won't be a challenge for them to repair.

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                    • #11
                      When I was 2 years old my Dad went into a laundry and left me in the car briefly. The car headliner featured a pattern of tiny holes, spaced maybe a 1/2" apart.

                      Unfortunately for Dad he left a phillips screwdriver on the seat next to me. Having watched him use a screwdriver, I knew just what to do. I stood on the seat and inserted it in one of the holes and pushed. I fixed it real good! I tore a pretty good gash in that headliner.

                      That was probably the first time I ever used a tool.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Alistair Hosie View Post
                        I have a feeling or had a feeling fitting a new one would be both difficult home job ,expensive shop job . The car is not old with 33 k on the clock and built in 2011 Alistair
                        I read you post and then went outside to look at my cars. Lots of little dings and scratches on the outside and a lot of worn and soild upolstry on the inside.

                        If you know someone handy with a needle and thread see if you can get them to sew it up. That' probaly going to be the least noticable fix without replacing the whole headliner.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Alistair Hosie View Post
                          I have a feeling or had a feeling fitting a new one would be both difficult home job ,expensive shop job .
                          It's not as difficult as it might appear.
                          Several years ago I worked with a guy who ran a "Dr Vinyl" sideline business. Replacing headliners was a regular thing for him. He explained to me how to do it, and mine turned out fine.

                          The first hurdle is removing it from the car (it was originally put in before the windshield was in place.) The trick to removing is to fold it up like a taco shell so it can be wiggled out an open door.
                          The most difficult (or messy actually) is abrading away all of the adhesive and residual foam backing left by the original headliner. My friend recommend a fiber (blue) cup type brush (don't recall the mfgr) chucked in a drill. That worked well for the bulk of the material removed. A light once over with sand paper cleaned it up.

                          Then use 3M 77 spray contact adhesive to glue the new headliner in place.

                          In folding the "taco" shell, try not to make a sharp crease, but regardless, the new headliner mostly conceals any creases.

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                          • #14
                            Unfortunately for Dad he left a phillips screwdriver on the seat next to me. Having watched him use a screwdriver, I knew just what to do. I stood on the seat and inserted it in one of the holes and pushed. I fixed it real good! I tore a pretty good gash in that headliner.

                            I knew someone would crack it.You guys are great.
                            Seriously I need to find the vinyl fix it guy.
                            Anyone of you guys fancy a free one day vacation in Scotland ?
                            You bring your own, and our food.
                            Then of course pay your own fares, and work relentlessly from morning to night ,whilst being lashed with a wet bootlace across your bare ass without pay.
                            Of course as a well deserved reward ,you can sleep with my sister,Just remember though she has slept with every guy in Scotland.
                            Although to be fair it is a small country. This will be advised only to those who have already had aids. It is not a thing most men want twice so I am led to believe .Alistair
                            Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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                            • #15
                              Clumsy Bastard...

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