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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old February 28th, 2009, 13:53   #1
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Default headliner sagging. How to fix?

99.5 Jetta, no sunroof. The thin cloth is sagging. Is there a recommended fix? Thanks.
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Old February 28th, 2009, 14:11   #2
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Three thoughts:

1. Headliner install by pro. Should be about $100

2. Thumbtacks or staples?

3. Move out of the sun belt once you get it fixed.

Mine drooped here in Fl. Once bought a '90 that the PO sprayed with bedliner. Worked great.
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Old February 28th, 2009, 16:47   #3
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I was thinking about making a small hole in the fabric, and spraying adhesive in between the fabric and backer board. Does this sound reasonable, or have I been huffing too much of that adhesive? I really don't want to spend $100 to fix a problem that I could handle with a few staples. Thanks for the feedback.
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Old February 28th, 2009, 17:04   #4
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Wrong adhesive will bleed through the fabric and end up as a stain,not recommended
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Old March 5th, 2009, 05:25   #5
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Wrong adhesive will bleed through the fabric and end up as a stain,not recommended
perhaps you could recommend the CORRECT adhesive then...??
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Old March 5th, 2009, 05:48   #6
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I think if he sprayed in some elmers spray adhesive and waited at least 10 minutes (maybe closer to 15) it should still be tacky but wouldn't bleed through.

never done it before though, so take that with a grain of salt.
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Old March 5th, 2009, 07:50   #7
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...not recommended
By the same committee that creates the 'trusted mechanics' list or even, bestows the coveted 'guru' designation?
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Old March 5th, 2009, 13:10   #8
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I once tried some head liner adhesive from an areosol can, but it wouldn't work because the headliner had foam backing which was coming loose and created a big mess. In other words there was no firm backing for the adhesive. This was on an old Chrysler, Laser. IMO, the $100 professional sounds like a much better option, and would be less tacky.
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I think the foam from my headliner is coming out of my heater vents.
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Old March 9th, 2009, 13:52   #10
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But seriously folks, JB05 makes a good point. The adhesive needs something to adhere to. Loose foam rubber mixed with spray adhesive would be quite the mess. I finally get it.
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Old March 9th, 2009, 14:00   #11
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Never had a good remedy for VW or GM that didn't involve replacement.

I do have some nifty - hard to find headliner clips that are glorified clear thumbtacks that I used to use in Saturns.

But as someone said - for less than 100 bucks you can probably have it done correctly? How much money do you wanna spend for a ghetto look?

After that foam deteriorates you're kidding yourself about anything that includes glue.
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Old March 10th, 2009, 18:06   #12
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just rip it all down and do a nice foe finish
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Old March 13th, 2010, 18:14   #13
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I'm having the same issue with my '00 Golf. I bought some headliner spray adhesive, but haven't really gotten into it yet to see if it'll work.

My question is, do I have to pull the pillar covers off to get the headliner out? The rest just looks like taking all the little dome lights and visors off.

If I have to take the pillar covers off, do they just pop outward at the top, then slide upward to release the bottoms?

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Old March 13th, 2010, 18:38   #14
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You have to remove the pillar trims to get the headliner down. But getting those off isn't that hard.

My headliner is starting to fall around the sun visor indents. It looks like the fabric was stretched too thin and after 10 years the glue finally failed.

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Old March 18th, 2010, 10:36   #15
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Default Headliner repair

Had the same problem in a chevy truck. Pulled out the headliner, scraped off the crapped out foam. Bought some headliner fabric off of Ebay- it comes with a new foam backing. $15. Sprayed the headliner w 3m headliner adhesive, laid down the fabric, re-installed. Looks brand new.
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