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This may help:
It's pretty bothersome to do, but it works out well if you are patient..
There are a couple ways to do it yourself. one is fairly quick and not too messy, but it doesn't always turn out very well, and the other is very messy, time consuming, and often frustrating.
The reason for your headliner falling down is that the foam or glue on the foam that holds.the headliner cloth to the cardboard (or whatever) headliner "board" deteriorates with age, and turns into crumbs and goo, and can't hold together any more. It usually will last at least 10 years before it starts to let loose.
You can either re-glue the cloth up with a lot of spray adhesive (3M Super 77 is the most commonly used one, about $6 -$8 for a large spray can), or replace the foam with new, fresh foam and either use the original cloth or some new cloth, and still use the same spray glue.
The cloth used on the headliner is very stretchy and thin, and probably came form the manufacturer with the foam pre-attached to it, so that the car maker could just glue it to the headliner board, stamp it out and stuff it into the car. I you replace the old foam and go to reuse the cloth, it probably will stretch out a little larger than it was before, not a problem, as long as you don't wrinkle it.
The easy, fast way is to spray the glue through a little hole in the cloth with a tube, so you don't have to take everything apart just to re-stick it up again.
Don't use so much that it soaks the cloth!
Often this winds up lumpy,cratered, or wrinkled, but only people in the back seat will usually notice it much.
Most people don't care, as long as the headliner isn't in their hair.
The slow, bothersome way is to
1. remove the interior window trim and
2. either the headliner cloth or the whole headliner, and
3. scrape all of the foam crumbs off, down to the solid board,
4. get as much crumbs off the cloth as possible,
5. cut fresh foam for the headliner,
6. spray glue on the foam and the back side of the cloth,
7. glue them together, and
8. then glue them to the board,
9. put all the trim back and
you have a nice, long lasting headliner.
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