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Old 05-09-2013, 10:01 PM   #1
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2002 330i - Sagging Headliner

The thin layer of headliner on my car has begun to fall (NOT the whole thing).

Do any fanatics here know of a way to hang it back to the roof without looking shoddy (glued) and that will last a long time? I thought some small pins could hold it up but im wary of sticking sharp pins into my roof and calling it done.

Has anyone taken it in to a shop or a tailor of some sort and had a positive outcome?

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Old 05-09-2013, 10:08 PM   #2
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If you use a little 3m-77 adhesive spray, it should hold up. It wont look glued unless you go crazy with it
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:16 PM   #3
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Get a used one from a junkyard. A lot easier to change it then fix it
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:37 PM   #4
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How big is the section that's sagging? It's hard to get the glue under it depending on where it is.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:40 PM   #5
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How big is the section that's sagging? It's hard to get the glue under it depending on where it is.
It is at the very back of the car, above the rear seats, the area above both seats are sagging, and the middle is pretty much attached but still obviously low, and it stops before the front seats.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:50 PM   #6
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Not sure if your much of a DIY guy. but myself along with a couple of other members have taken the time to fully remove our liner and add something new to it. for example nothing was giong wrong with mine what so ever. i simply didnt think the grey fit so much inside of my car since everything below the pillars is black. removed it and with some 3M-777 i got this black suede i left anything that was plastic of that i couldnt wrap with fabric grey cus the black and grey combo actually complements my CF Fabric Trim. This pic is old as my sunroof is now also black suede
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:53 PM   #7
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If your car was a touring it would be an easy fix, the fabric could simply be peeled back from the rear, but on a coupe, or sedan?
I don't see how you could get the glue underneath, unless you cut the fabric.
It's not necessarily a bad thing, the cut would have to be large enough to see where you're spraying. If you can't find a way of getting enough glue in there, it won't hold up. Once it's holding, the cut would just look like ripple in the fabric, that's way better, than pins.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:55 PM   #8
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That's actually REALLY cool, if I can't get this fixed I will really have to look into that. My car has wood trim with gray everything else so ill have to shop around for something that fits those colours, or try some CF wrap.

Again thank you for the suggestion, looks spectacular!
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:57 PM   #9
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Not sure if your much of a DIY guy. but myself along with a couple of other members have taken the time to fully remove our liner and add something new to it. for example nothing was giong wrong with mine what so ever. i simply didnt think the grey fit so much inside of my car since everything below the pillars is black. removed it and with some 3M-777 i got this
Really nice job, I love the color!
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:10 AM   #10
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That's actually REALLY cool, if I can't get this fixed I will really have to look into that. My car has wood trim with gray everything else so ill have to shop around for something that fits those colours, or try some CF wrap.

Again thank you for the suggestion, looks spectacular!
thanks, also i see it says your from texas. if you live close to san antonio i plan on being back home next month. if you plan on going with my route with a different color let me know and id be happy to help. id say about a 2-3 hour job getting everything out lol, then takes a while to remove and apply new fabric since you want it to look sexy.

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Really nice job, I love the color!
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@SK8URDEAD that looks really nice! You should post dome recent pictures and a description of how you did the sunroof when you get the time. Every time I pass a fabric store I get a tingly urge to buy faux suede fabric and do this.


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thanks, also i see it says your from texas. if you live close to san antonio i plan on being back home next month. if you plan on going with my route with a different color let me know and id be happy to help. id say about a 2-3 hour job getting everything out lol, then takes a while to remove and apply new fabric since you want it to look sexy.



thank you sir.
I'm north east of Dallas, in Rockwall, so it'd be quite the trip down to San Antonio, but it is do-able if I can't get the glue to hold and i'm out of options. I'll shoot you a PM in the future if I want to go that route!
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:24 AM   #13
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@SK8URDEAD that looks really nice! You should post dome recent pictures and a description of how you did the sunroof when you get the time. Every time I pass a fabric store I get a tingly urge to buy faux suede fabric and do this.


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old pic but heres how my interior used to look but with some new stuff. old shift knob in this pic as i now have the ZHP Weighted ship knob along with that diy camera mount now gone on the left head rest haha. also have a new center case under the ac again since it was stolen.... grey fits with the steering wheel color and have BLACK gauges on my cluster now


when i first bought the stuff at a fabric store for wayyy more then enough for like $30 i was going to upload pics that i have that show the entire process because i took pics over the entire job i did. but i didnt upload in photobucket so have to find them in my laptop which has over 2k pics... lol.

EDIT* found some more pics. bewareeee lots to uploaddddd
see the old B Pillar in the back how dirty it is. i love driving with my windows open and well they get dirty over time. being that mine are now black idk if they even are dirty since i did this 3 years ago lol.

C Pillars

A Pillars done already

close up on A

sizing up the headliner

fun kicks in

spray n pray(Marine Corps talk for shoot and let the enemy pray they dont get hit )

obviously the suede material is thicker then the regular material so it doesnt stretch very easy in tight corners or can get a tad bit cluttered. but its not crazy noticeable and people never see it. they end up falling in love with my room and touch it haha.

pic for the C Pillars on the car once it was done, stickers have long been removed lol
but yeah pretty simple job and sorry for taking over your topic with pics lol. just showing you some love of my past progress back in the dayyyy
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Nice! Since you're in Texas also, I'll ask what store you bought the fabric from. I've seen it at Hancock Fabrics but their faux suede is pricey.


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Nice! Since you're in Texas also, I'll ask what store you bought the fabric from. I've seen it at Hancock Fabrics but their faux suede is pricey.


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Thats where i bought it lol. i dont remember exactly what type of suade it was since i believe they have different varieties.
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Haha oh I see. I'll just have to go in and ask the sales grannies what varieties they have. So how did you do the sunroof portion? I've done headliners in regular fabric before but with no sunroof. I've heard getting the sunroof part out and back in properly is a royal PITA.


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