Dome/roof covering peeling off

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Scott Gordo, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. Scott Gordo

    Scott Gordo Guest

    I'm having an issue with the sheer covering on the dome of my 1990
    Volvo 740 GL. Namely, it has come off. I cut away most of it and
    there's around 3mm of orange foam underneath. It's not pretty. Any
    Thanks again,
    Scott Gordo, Feb 21, 2006
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    NatureDudeME Guest

    Hi Scott, Sorry to hear about your Roof, Ceiling, and the plow guys.
    I had my headliner recovered. Wasn't bad, about 100.00 with me taking
    it out. The other option I was thinking was getting one from the junk
    yard, they wanted 50 bucks, but I kept thinking that it would do the
    same thing. I ended up having the whole inside redone after the
    A friend of mine got some of the spray adhesive and reapplied his
    fabric to the headliner.
    Let us know what works out...
    NatureDudeME, Feb 21, 2006
  3. Scott Gordo

    Scott Gordo Guest

    Hey David, thanks for the info.
    How did you remove? Were you able to remove the whole backing as a
    piece? That is, is it an entire panel that's replaced?
    I'm not very concerned about 'pimping my ride' or anything. I'd be fine
    with bare steel, really.
    I'm just trying to keep the car neat and operational for as long as
    possible. The orange foam is coming off onto the seats and into
    passenger's hair, and that's just not on.

    Scott Gordo, Feb 21, 2006
  4. Scott Gordo

    NatureDudeME Guest

    Hey Scott,
    All around the edge of mine(86 740 T Wgn) I simply took the trim down
    and detached the dome light elec. I have a wagon, and it took me a
    while, but wasnt that hard. Well only as hard as working upside down
    doing anything. In mine, it was one piece. It was like fiber board,
    with the foam over that, then the fabric. Its common on most cars as
    they age for this to happen.
    NatureDudeME, Feb 21, 2006
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    jimb Guest


    I realize this reply is too late for you as you cut back the existing

    But for reference to others with the appoarently common problem:

    I bought a 1990 740 GL that had a large area over the passengers'
    heads pulled down.

    After realizing that the deterioration of the foam precluded use of
    adhesive and also realizing the pain associated with replacing the
    headliner, I opted for the following:

    I got some brass colored upholstery tacks. Not too long with large
    domed heads.

    Starting in front of the hanging part on material that remains
    attached I pushed the tacks through the fabric and into the foam. This
    is to prevent future drop of the fabric.

    Working toward the rear, push in tacks at regular intervals while
    carefully holding the fabric up.

    By experience, you can decide the spacing. The ability of the tacks to
    remain stuck in the deteriorating foam is a little iffy, so it takes
    quite a few.

    Put extra tacks along the rear window gasket. They seem to stick
    better in this area.

    Finally tuck the fabric under the window gasket with a putty knife.

    Ain't pretty but it works. Certainly can't see it from outside as you
    pass those SUV's and shiny cars with $$$car payments attached.

    Caveat: I have not driven at moderate speed with all the windows open
    so I can't predict what will happen. I do suspect it will hold.


    Yankee Creedo:

    Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.
    jimb, Feb 21, 2006
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