How to Fix Sagging Headliner without Removing (5 Hacks)

Jerry Wilson
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Option 1: Use a Spray Adhesive

The least invasive way to fix the problem without removing the headliner is to reattach the flapping material by spraying a spray adhesive onto the headliner fabric and tapping it gently back into place.

One product that has good reviews for fixing minor sagging like this is Evo Stik Rubber & Fabric Adhesive. The main reason for the sagging may be that the adhesive has hardened over time. Spraying on adhesive will likely give the headliner enough extra support to eliminate the sagging in the future. Follow the instructions on the product you buy carefully. You may need to check your car’s owner’s manual for instructions on removing the headliner first.

One thing to keep in mind when replacing the headliner is that different materials take different amounts of time to dry. Some may take as long as 24 hours to dry to the touch. When you are ready to work on the headliner again, it’s very likely that the fabric will be hard and brittle. If you tap the headliner too hard, you could cause it to rip.

Option 2: Using Sequin Pins

If every inch of your car’s interior isn’t custom-made to match the rest of the car, skipping the previous step and moving straight to this option is a good idea. Here you’ll install sequin pins, which will hold the sagging material in place. This process is very similar to installing Z tack, so if you’ve tried option 1 and it didn’t work, you can try this option. This project is about comfort, so no one will know you’ve done anything to your car.

What You Need

  • Hammer
  • Safety Glasses
  • Sequins

Other Good Options


Your headliner can last several decades. Minor flaws in the vinyl can be annoying but can be fixed without removing it or replacing the entire piece. Sometimes it’s just a matter of some quick patch jobs and you can go back to enjoying your interior just as it was.

In this article, we’ve given you five great ways to repair your headliner instead of replacing it. Use the steps and tricks that we’ve shared to help you get your vehicle looking like new in no time. It’s never been easier to repair your headliner than it is today, so get started today.

Now that you’ve picked up some great tips on how to repair your headliner, remember that keeping up with your vehicle maintenance is essential to keeping your headliner looking good. Use this information to your benefit as you try to reach that goal and as you make your way to becoming an expert on car care.

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