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
If 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:
Headliner Removed From Car
Repairing Auto Headliner
Headliner For Car
Car Headlining Fabric
Completing Car Headliner Repair
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.
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.
Partially Stripped Headliner Board
Repair Cracked Headliner
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.
Headliner Repair Cost
The cost of headliner repair varies quite a bit; it all depends on how long it takes to finish the job. That may sound obvious. What's not so obvious is why repairing a small VW Jetta headliner is often twice as expensive as recovering a comparably sized Honda or Nissan headliner.
German engineering is to blame. Like many German cars, the Jetta has lots of bells and whistles. For example, when you open the vanity mirror under the visor (bottom arrow) a forward cabin light (top arrow) blinks on. Clever. Trouble is, the wiring and clips installed during the manufacturing process are not designed to be reused. To be blunt, VW doesn't want you to recover a headliner — they want you to buy and install a brand new one.
Replacing your headliner is usually not necessary. It just needs to be cleaned and recovered with new fabric. Unfortunately, German cars can take longer and cost more than most Asian or domestic cars.
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.
Damaged Vanity Mirrors
Stripped To The Board
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.
Gadgets and Cubbyholes
Fitting Headliner Fabric
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!
Preparing Mercedes Headliner
Auto Headliner Repair
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.
Before Headliner Restoration
Auto Headliner Replacement
Mustang Headliner Installation
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.
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.
Automotive Headliner Repair
Stripped Auto Interior
Replacement Headliner Board
Headliner Fabric Repair
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.