Need help with sagging ceiling fabric.

Hello,
I'm sure someone has seen this problem before. We've got a '93 Chevy Lumina Minivan and the ceiling fabric is sagging. We had seen the same
thing happen on our 1980 Chevy Citation and we'd like to know how we might be able to repair it on the Lumina.
Any suggestions?
Thanks,
Jeff
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You have to replace the headliner. The foam that the fabric was adhered to is probably degenerated, causing the fabric to come down.

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You can cut some well planned access slits and shoot spray contact adhesive through them, let it set for a couple of minutes, and then press the fabric back into place.
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This may sound stupid, but on my old cars I opened up and used a stapler. Works great.
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You need to replace the whole headliner. Some Stores like JoAnne Fabric's sells headliners. If you've got an odd color, they may not carry it. I've seen, black, grey, tan & dark red there when I bought mine there. It was all of $16.00 for 6 feet in legnth.
You cannot reglue you old one up. First of all the foam has dried up & turned to dust most likely. Plus even if you did shoot adhesive up in the headliner, it be so dusty in there the glue wouldn't bond.
When foam dries up & disintegrates thats when the cloth material begins to sag.
All of the trim moldings around the door openings, center pilar's, windsheild pilars's, Tailgate opening, sunvisors, overhead consoles, domelights, coat hooks, grab handles all need to be removed to get the headliner out.
Any holes in the headliner will have to be punched in the new one after its glued on the backerboard.
Helps to have a Repair Manual, so you know what kind of clips and anchors your dealing with when it comes to those plastic brittle moldings that you risk cracking when you try to remove them.
Once all the trim & moldings are removed the backer board the headliner is on is held to the inside of the roof by about 9 or more velcro straps that snap into the roof and the matting end is stapled into the headline backer board. Caution is needed so the straps don't tear out of the headliner. DO NOT REMOVE the velcro straps from the inner roof panel, tear the two velcro halves apart. You could break the tabs off the velcro straps that snap in place in holes in the roof. If any of the straps have pulled out of the roof - silicone sealer can be used to glue them back up. The Velcro strap sometimes dry out to from heat.
Once you get the headliner out you've got to scrap clean the backer board & remove all the old foam.
3M Trim Adhesive is what I used to glue the new headliner in place. Its available at most autoparts stores, K & Wal- Mart have it too. I used almost 3 cans on the car below, with a van you may want to get 5 cans. You can always return them If you don't use them. The trim adhesive has to be applied to both the foam backing of the headliner and the backing board.
Follow the instructions on the can. Its not that hard of a job.
Good Luck !
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Had similar problem with my cars headliner. I bought a bunch of straight-pins and just pinned it all up. That was 6yrs ago.....still looks good. I got the kind with round heads.
Hope this helps.........
Dave S(Texas)
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Yank it down, and scrape all the rotten open cell foam off. It makes a big mess. The old 'liner material will probably be trash, so get some material of choice from Monopoly-Mart or JoAnn or whatever. I have used a 3M branded spray adhesive (basically a contact cement, coat both the material and hard foam panel in the roof) and it holds up for several years.
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My jeep cherokee headliner was falling and i went to pep boys and bought headliner pins ( 8 for 3.00) these twist into the foam andpull the headliner up. i used them about every 10 inches apart. although it is better to replace the headliner, it is also a lot of work and can be tricky to remove everything. the pins have round plastic heads and even look like hahaha stars in the roof. that was 3 years ago and i still have to add more occasionally as mor sags appear in other places. a quick, cheap fix. john

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