I was thinking of either replacing it or re-upholstering it like you but I was afraid of a sag in the future and I wasn't sure of what fabric to use because I want it as stock as possible without it looking like a rug on my ceiling. Painting crossed my mind for a split second and then left. Honestly I was thinking about chopping some poor suckers Celica for it but then again i'm too old for that. Like I said good luck, you have more balls than me to attempt it. If it comes out fine I may try it in the near future when it gets warmer here.
it sounds like you've got the same concerns as I do about it. I thought of using the spray dye that I found at one of the auto parts stores here in town, but I really want the suede look. I'm thinking I'll use some kind of spray adhesive to hold the suede in place while some other kind of glue (that probably takes longer) sets for a better hold. I've also been tossing around ideas of how to use some kind of pins to add some support against the ever present enemy(gravity).
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The problem with suede is that it is a heavier fabric than say silk so the sag factor is present. I had an old Malibu where the fabric from the headliner was sagging everywhere and had to tack it up with staples that's what i'm afraid of. A good epoxy or industrial strength adhesive spread evenly and thinly along with fasteners on the underside should work, but if there is even the slightest gap or hole the wind will make it sag when your windows are down over time. I fixed cigarette burns in my floor cutting the rug under the gas petal. I cut it to fit and frayed the edges. You couldn't tell there was a hole there unless you got close and inspected it. I attached the replacement with an industrial strength adhesive and it held up over 1 year with constant vacuumings. I'm not sure if this helps any, I just don't want to be the first to attempt it. Good luck again.
I don't mean to be a whore, but I was thinking, being an artist, to stretch the fabric like a canvas and then adding an adhevsive and fasteners. Being a painter I've stretched many canvases, but the headliner isn't a true square or rectangle, it has dips and curves so this would just add in the gap and sag. Don't know just stretching here - pun intended.
My cousin has been doing this in different cars. I know he has done an older corolla and a cavilier. He just pulls the headliner out and sprays glue all over it and pulls the new fabric over it tightly and presses it on good, and I havnt heard any problems from his customers.
So I was kinda thinking of doing the suede in mine too
that's one sweet custom job. one question though: does it stand out in a negative way against the rest of your cars interior? my headliner is the same as the rest of my sides so i was just wondering. i'd love to see some pics if i can.
Here's a pic with a piece of stock-color interior plastic set on it for contrast. The A-pillar is stock color, the other piece at the bottom of the pic is the color that my interior and dash will be when I'm done.
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