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Old 07-06-2009, 06:52 AM   #1
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Headliner unbonding from ceiling

The white vinyl looking headliner thru out the 33 Win. Sunrise is coming unbonded from the black rubber looking bonding on the ceiling. Does anyone know the best way to repair this and what adhesive I need to apply?
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:04 PM   #2
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3M makes headliner adhesive and so do some other companies. Most auto parts stores will carry it. The most common type is a spray, but there are some tubes of adhesive too.
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Old 07-15-2009, 01:59 PM   #3
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LARRY Imhaving the same problem, I have no roof leaks, but when it started the change in temp from the A/C i think did it. I wrote Winnebago twice all they told me was replace the vinyl, but you would have to remove all cabeinets. I dont know if a hair dryer and a roller would reactivate the glue. I feel the companies that build use the cheapest clue around Dave wi 33
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The foam rubber backing of the headliner is deteriorating and an adhesive will not solve the problem. The headliner will have to be replaced to fix it properly and for many years to come. It is a lot of work and there are tricks to the process, but it does not come cheap. Good luck and keep us posted as to what you decide to do.
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The foam rubber backing of the headliner is deteriorating and an adhesive will not solve the problem. The headliner will have to be replaced to fix it properly and for many years to come. It is a lot of work and there are tricks to the process, but it does not come cheap. Good luck and keep us posted as to what you decide to do.
Best answer to date:

I drive a towed that's old enough to get it's own license. Thus I have the same problem

I wound up "Pinning" the headliner up to the backing.. I used straightened paper clips (What else) formed them into a very flat "U" shape and pushed them up through the fabric, in my case, liner into the good part of the foam, when they hit the solid roof they spread out and work well.

NOTE> I do not suggest this as it looks crappy. but it cost nothing.
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The foam rubber backing of the headliner is deteriorating and an adhesive will not solve the problem. The headliner will have to be replaced to fix it properly and for many years to come. It is a lot of work and there are tricks to the process, but it does not come cheap. Good luck and keep us posted as to what you decide to do.
Mike, I don't have the problem currently in the RV but have had it in cars. We had an '89 Blazer and a '94 Saturn. In each case, I was able to remove the headliner and take it to an auto upholstery shop. I ended up with about half the cost of taking the vehicle to them for the whole treatment.

So my question is: do you know the tips and tricks for RV headliners? I understand that the biggest problem might be finding a shop with the proper or at least compatible material. The first problem for me, however, would be in figuring out how to get the old stuff down. I've done at least a cursory look at the liner and the method for removing it sure didn't jump out at me.
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Mike, I don't have the problem currently in the RV but have had it in cars. We had an '89 Blazer and a '94 Saturn. In each case, I was able to remove the headliner and take it to an auto upholstery shop. I ended up with about half the cost of taking the vehicle to them for the whole treatment.

So my question is: do you know the tips and tricks for RV headliners? I understand that the biggest problem might be finding a shop with the proper or at least compatible material. The first problem for me, however, would be in figuring out how to get the old stuff down. I've done at least a cursory look at the liner and the method for removing it sure didn't jump out at me.
The original material is applied with an adhesive. Many times before the roof assembly is even set down on the walls. In replacing this after the fact, all the cabinets should be removed in the area being repaired as well as any vent, lights, etc. We usually purchase the material from the coach mfg. so it matches what they originally used. The old will have to be scrapped off (very messy) and then a trick to get it straight and without a bubble or wrinkle is to use stiff legs from about the center and work it from that point out to the exterior wall. 3M Headliner adhesive is sprayed to both surfaces, allowed to get tacky and then bonded together; you only get one chance to get it right.
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