Repair Car Headliner

Is your vehicle's ceiling damaged? Do you have a sagging car headliner, torn headliner or stained headliner board? Trust the car interior experts at Mac's Upholstery to fix a headliner in a car or replace a headliner board. Automotive headliners are sometimes referred to as head liners.

Car Headliner Repair Seattle

dropped headlinerIf your car ceiling is drooping, torn or water-stained, it's time for a headliner fix or upholstery fabric repair. You could buy a kit on the Internet and try it yourself. But, it isn't easy to repair a headliner. If you don't get it right the first time, you have to start all over. Why risk the embarrassment and cost of a botched do-it-yourself project, when Seattle's auto headliner repair experts are a short drive away.

Avoid the mistakes and mess of automobile headliner replacement by calling Mac's Upholstery. Mac's is Seattle's leading headliner repair shop and headliner replacement location. We'll estimate the cost of headliner replacement and show you how we fix a sagging ceiling with foam backed headliner fabric.

Repair Car Headliner With New Headliner Material

If you're searching for a used headliner or a headliner aftermarket source, give us a call. We've been replacing auto headliners for decades. Our professionally trained technicians fix all makes and models. Here's an example of how our technicians typically replace the sagging headliner in a car:

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    Headliner Removed From Car
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    Repairing Auto Headliner
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    Headliner For Car
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    Car Headlining Fabric
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    Completing Car Headliner Repair
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    Replaced Headliner

Headliner Quick Fix Mistakes

  • There are scattered blog posts on the Internet claiming you can save money by spraying fabric paint on a damaged headliner instead of repairing it properly with foam-backed fabric. This is a really bad idea. Not only does painting your headliner immediately decrease the value of your car, it looks terrible.
  • What about regluing the old fabric to the headliner board? Unfortunately, it's not possible. When a headliner deteriorates, the foam and board adhesive turn to dust. You can't glue "dust to dust".
  • How about stapling the sagging fabric to the headliner board? If you have a strong stapler and the board is soft you can give it a try. The fabric will still droop and it'll look sloppy, but the staples will keep it from falling all the way down.

Popular Car Headliner Materials & Headliner Fabric

There are scores of colors and fabrics available for custom headliners. Restore a headliner with OEM colors or try something entirely different using complementary or contrasting tones and textures.

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Headliners For Modern Cars

Automotive components are becoming more and more complicated, even the mundane headliner. Take a look at this headliner from a late model Jaguar. With all its electrical connectors, conduits and special padding, the process of removing and restoring a headliner from a late model vehicle is no longer simple.

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    Modern Headliner
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    Automotive Headliner Repair
  • Stipped Auto Interior
    Stripped Auto Interior
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    Replacement Headliner Board
  • Headliner Fabric Repair
    Headliner Fabric Repair
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    Restored Head Liner Upholstery

As you can see from the pictures above, the repair turned out great. We were able to restore the ceiling to mint condition. But, it wasn't easy.


How to Save Money on Headliner Repair

Recovering the headliner for a Toyota Camry with a sunroof normally costs about $500. If you're handy in the garage, you can cut save money by removing the headliner, bringing it to us for repair, then reinstalling the headliner yourself. Depending on the car, that can be an easy or borderline impossible task.

One of our customers recently brought us this 2002 Toyota Camry headliner. He'd planned on recovering the board himself, but as you can see, it cracked during the removal process. Adding insult to injury, the replacement fabric and adhesive refused to cooperate.

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    Partially Stripped Headliner Board
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    Repair Cracked Headliner
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    Repaired & Recovered Headliner

The cracked board and gummed-up fabric illustrate the pitfalls of do-it-yourself headliner replacement. We don't recommend it. But, if you can remove the headliner and bring it in you can save money. Even after repairing the crack, this customer saved quite a bit by bringing us the board. Instead of spending $500, it only cost him $250 to repair and recover his damaged headliner.


Repairing Headliner Without Removing Board

Aside from a Rolls Royce or a Bentley, the Cadillac Eldorado was the pinacle of automotive luxury in 1989. This is an unapologetically huge car with an equally oversized headliner. When a headliner on an Eldorado drops, it's like a circus tent collapsing.

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    Dropped Headliner
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    Damaged Vanity Mirrors
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    Stripped To The Board
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    Recovered Headliner

With standard-sized cars we typically pull the headliner board from inside the car, fix it, then reinstall the board. A 1989 Eldorado requires a different approach. Instead of removing the oversize board, it's best to do the restoration work inside the car. Twin vanity mirrors built into the passenger compartment ceiling add to the "degree of difficulty".


Preventing Shar-Pei Headliners

It takes more than a sheet of perforated fabric and a can of Home Depot spray glue to recover a drooping headliner. Car makers are demanding a lot more from today's headliners. The bland old automotive ceiling has been transformed into an extension of the control panel. Many are now fitted for gadgets, cubbyholes and sunroofs.

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    Gadgets and Cubbyholes
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    Fitting Headliner Fabric
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    Rolling Fabric Over Edge

It takes years of experience to seamlessly integrate all the cavities and sharp angles in today's high performance headliners. Fitting the fabric is only the beginning. Without a trained hand to seamlessly align, roll and smooth the fabric, you're asking for trouble. If it's not done right, you may end up with a Shar-Pei headliner!


New Headliner For Mercedes 300 SL

We usually repair a worn or damaged headliner with a similar fabric. But, the original headliner in a Mercedes 300SL removable hardtop was covered with a stiff vinyl weave fabric. That sort of fabric doesn't lend itself to repair – instead of fixing a damaged headliner, Mercedes-Benz would rather sell you an expensive new one.

We'd rather repair it and save you money!

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    Preparing Mercedes Headliner
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    Auto Headliner Repair
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    300SL Hard Top Repaired

Because the original headliner material is stiff and wrinkles, a high quality aftermarket fabric is a better alternative. In this case, the car owner selected a light blue headliner fabric. As you can see, it perfectly matches the grab handles and car interior. It also saved the customer a ton of money.


Headliner For Vintage 1965 Mustang

This 1965 Mustang hardtop (below) was manufactured more than half a century ago; one year after the original pony car appeared. No wonder it needed a new headliner! Restoring a headliner for a collector car takes skill and plenty of patience. We love this sort of challenge. As you can see, it looks great – just like it rolled off the showroom floor.

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    Before Headliner Restoration
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    Auto Headliner Replacement
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    Mustang Headliner Installation