Auto body repair & detailing/Interior question

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Mr. Norgardt,
This is not exactly an autobody question, but maybe you can help me anyway.
I've got a 2001 Buick LeSabre.  It's in good mechanical and body condition (considering its age)...but I've got a problem.  The fabric liner on the ceiling is starting to peel loose and hang down.  I've tried using some "spray glue", and that helps a little...but of course, there are places I can't get to in order to spray.  Is it real complicated to take the interior ceiling out so I can re-glue the fabric?  Is there any other suggestion you can make as to fixing this problem?  Any suggestions/advice is greatly appreciated.
Warm regards,
David Gardner

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Hi David!....Generally speaking, there are 2 types of headliners that have been manufactured for vehicles over the past years. The earlier type of headliner, consisted of a fabric that was stitched together in sections, and it was held into place using various steel roof bows, rods, clips, and retainers. The ones manufactured for today's late model vehicles, consist of a contoured/moulded fibreboard, with the actual fabric spray-glued onto it. That being said, and since you mentioned your vehicle is a late model 2001 Buick LeSabre, your headliner would be of the contoured/moulded design. In regards to repairing this, the easiest way to repair it, and to achieve the best result, would be to ultimately remove the headliner from the vehicle. (Unfortunately, this is not always practical.) In doing this though, you would be able to lay the headliner on a work bench, peel back the affected fabric areas, re-apply a spray trim adhesive to both surfaces, then simply press the fabric back into position. If this not a practical option for you, there is another way to re-apply the fabric to the fibreboard while the headliner is still installed in your vehicle. Check out your local Pharmacy, and pick up a few syringes. You can then fill them with the trim adhesive, and inject them through the fabric to be re-glued. The best advice I could give with this method of repair, would be multiple injections, versus 1 gigantic one. The adhesive will be spread out more evenly this way. You may also like to check out a local detail/trim/upholstery shop, if there is one available in your area. They might have other suggestions as well....Hope this helps you out....Please drop me a line again anytime, if there is anything else I can help you out with...Thanks for your question....Sincerely...Dave N.

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Absolutely anything autobody related... Frame repair, suspension, alignment, panel replacement, panel repair, fiberglass, plastic repair, paint, air bags, etc.....

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Over 30 years in related areas. 25 years in HEAVY frame repair, suspension, and alignment procedures. As well as panel replacement and repairs, etc.....

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Journeyman Autobody Technician with Red Seal/Interprovincial certification from N.A.I.T. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Top Achiever award second year, also from N.A.I.T. Also have Platinum status from I-Car Canada...Also have Journeyman Partsman Certificate, Lethbridge, Alberta...

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Second Year Top Achiever from N.A.I.T.Edmonton

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