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Old 04-13-2021, 02:39 PM   #1
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Default Best way to repair tipped/torn ceiling fabric?

Was throwing out a busted up canopy last weekend that got destroyed in a wind storm before I could get it down. Several of the joints popped, there were some broken pipes, it just really wasn't repairable. So I bring it to the transfer station to chuck the frame in the scrap metal recycling tub.

It still folded up nice enough, but it was catching a little when trying to pull it out of the back of my Impreza. I couldn't see and therefore didn't notice that one of the broken pipes had angled up and was sticking into the ceiling. I thought it was just catching on the rear center head rest.

Well, I pulled a bit too hard and it came free, but it also ripped a series of tears into the ceiling, all in a line. The rear most one is the biggest and I can pretty clearly see the small triangle of fabric hanging down in the rearview mirror.

Is this sort of thing even repairable? Do I need to somehow replace the whole ceiling? Is there some brand or type of fabric tape that will at least patch it up to make it less noticeable? I'm not especially handy as far as this sort of work goes, so I'm willing to sacrifice some level of how it looks if it'll be something I can actually do.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-13-2021, 02:49 PM   #2
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Yes. Find an upholstery fabric of your liking (most people choose something like black microsuede). Take out the headliner. Spray the entire thing with 3M 77 Spray and have a friend help you roll it on thoroughly. You can also pay to have this done, but it's not hard to do yourself.
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Old 04-14-2021, 10:07 AM   #3
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Ok so pretty much replacement then.
I'm not sure I want a black ceiling, I'm fine with the light gray (tan maybe?) that it is now, but I'm sure there's plenty of fabric choices out there.

So when you say to take out the headliner, does that mean just the fabric layer or the foam too? Or is the foam glued to the inside of the roof and wouldn't come out anyway?
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Old 04-18-2021, 10:55 AM   #4
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The headliner comes out as one entire unit. Take off all the pillars, then it snaps out. There are probably guides on youtube, but for all cars it's pretty the same. The fabric is glued to the headliner, but the headliner just snaps out.
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Old 04-18-2021, 11:46 PM   #5
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Just a thought, if it's a small area you might be able to use iron-on hemming tape.

Put the hemming tape under the damaged/hanging part of the headliner and use an iron to heat up the area for a bit.

Another option is to use upholstery screw pins to keep the hanging part in place. Won't look great but stops the torn part hanging down I guess.
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Old 04-19-2021, 01:28 AM   #6
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Ok so pretty much replacement then.
I'm not sure I want a black ceiling, I'm fine with the light gray (tan maybe?) that it is now, but I'm sure there's plenty of fabric choices out there.

So when you say to take out the headliner, does that mean just the fabric layer or the foam too? Or is the foam glued to the inside of the roof and wouldn't come out anyway?
Most automotive headliners feature foam backing on the fabric to give a small amount of cushion when mounted to the rigid headliner board.

One suggestion- consider finding a comparable Impreza being parted from an auto dismantler close to home, and buy the headliner. Itís not a very desirable item from most dismantlers, and could be purchased in the $75 range quite easily for a clean example. HTH!
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Old 04-20-2021, 03:49 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the suggestions! I didn't know the headliner was a single snap-in unit. I might keep an eye out for a replacement (my car's relatively common) and if not might try a repair.
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Old 04-21-2021, 04:54 PM   #8
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I'd find a place that can do minor interior repairs and let them handle it. There is a place called DR. Vinyl local to me and this is exactly the kind of repairs they specialize in. They fixed a tear in one of my leather seats in the past, and it was a 99% perfect match. I am not sure if there a national outfit or not. If not I'm sure there are similar businesses out there. Having them fix it should be under $100. I should mention they are mobile and come to you which is a nice touch also.

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Old 04-21-2021, 11:14 PM   #9
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Was throwing out a busted up canopy last weekend that got destroyed in a wind storm before I could get it down. Several of the joints popped, there were some broken pipes, it just really wasn't repairable. So I bring it to the transfer station to chuck the frame in the scrap metal recycling tub.

It still folded up nice enough, but it was catching a little when trying to pull it out of the back of my Impreza. I couldn't see and therefore didn't notice that one of the broken pipes had angled up and was sticking into the ceiling. I thought it was just catching on the rear center head rest.

Well, I pulled a bit too hard and it came free, but it also ripped a series of tears into the ceiling, all in a line. The rear most one is the biggest and I can pretty clearly see the small triangle of fabric hanging down in the rearview mirror.

Is this sort of thing even repairable? Do I need to somehow replace the whole ceiling? Is there some brand or type of fabric tape that will at least patch it up to make it less noticeable? I'm not especially handy as far as this sort of work goes, so I'm willing to sacrifice some level of how it looks if it'll be something I can actually do.

Thanks in advance!

It takes a while but just keep pulling and tear as much as u can out
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