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Old 08-21-2018, 08:24 PM   #1
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Help- ceiling falling down

Hi, we have a 1992 Allegro Bay motorhome. The ceiling is coming down because the black "glue" has corroded. Can anyone recommend how to fix this? We hate to take it all down because the black stuff seems like a mess. We tried adhesive and it has fallen again. Here are pics.

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Old 08-21-2018, 08:42 PM   #2
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Your photos didn't display. I just had to put a new headliner in a car, the cloth was foam backed and the foam just disintegrated and the cloth sagged. I had to remove the plastic headliner, scrape all the crumbled foam and glue away with a wire brush. I then sprayed the plastic liner with contact cement and applied new cloth with foam backing.

I suspect you might have to do a similar job on your headliner, once it starts to sag it's tough to repair and reuse the old cloth or vinyl liner.

If you look at auto parts websites, you might find 'buttons' that have a sharp point, you poke through the cloth and backer, then twist to tighten the cloth and they hold the liner in place. Not always pretty, but effective in cloth liners that have come loose.

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I haven't tried this yet, but I read on a forum somewhere, that a member used a wet towel and an iron to re-bond the fabric. I have the same issue as you and this will be my first method to try before I get more drastic.
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Old 08-22-2018, 10:56 AM   #6
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Install battens front to back between your existing side to side battens. Mine are a foot apart and screwed to the ceiling board.

What has happened is that the foam rotted; you'll never reglue it.
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:40 AM   #7
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As the previous poster said, you have a foam failure. The foam basically completly dissolves. It can be fixed, but it will be O.K., not perfect. Cut out the big panel. Vacuum and then scrub the backer board to remove all the old foam. Clean the ceiling material. (Or buy new material.) Use 3M spray glue. The strongest. (It comes in several strengths.) Use masking tape to hold the material in place temp. place plastic painting protectent material over the carpet and furniture. Peel back 1/4 to 1/3 of the material. Spray the backing material and the ceiling material fairly thick with the glue. Wait five minutes. Do not wait too long, you want it to be tacky but not dry. Smooth the material into place. Sometimes we cut one side of the ceiling material and and just let it hang in place. That makes it hang better but is harder to clean. Some customers vacuumed and scrubbed the material in place and then sprayed between the material and the ceiling backboard. The problem was the material NEVER laid flat and there were several wrinkles in the ceiling.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Sorry, no experience with that problem.

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