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Need new headlining

Hi I need new headlining for 3 dr gti can anyone recommend a trim specialist in East Midlands area would like it as close to original as possible


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Reply #2
I'll be getting one of these for my red ones resto.
I've done two myself now and they're not fun at all!
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Reply #4
Have been in touch with the guy on the eBay link and he’s sending me some samples as I want it as close to original spec as poss,will see what they are like when they arrive

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Reply #5
This is something I need too. The edges of my "bedouin tent" headlining are now coming away! I'd also like it to be close to OEM if possible.
I'm assuming these on ebay travel well when sent by a courier?
1991 Tornado Red BB 8v GTI Moredoor
2008 Skoda Octy Scout aka dirty diesel

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Reply #6
Custom boxes made for them and they are not a wafer like OE bit more rigid, here's a pic of one fitted, looks a bit grey on that bit is isnt as the other pic is my mate trimming up the sunroof winder and sunroof panel.










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Reply #7
I have just had one re-trimmed and it cost £300 so this looks very good value.


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Reply #9
I guess I'm finding out what some already know.
I've tried to clean off as much of the disintegrated foam between the headlining "skin" and the shell then used high temp upholstery adhesive to stick the "skin" back on. It works for a while but it looks like the glue has turned into a sticky mess and the "skin" flops down again. I think I just need to cut it off until I replace it.
 It's a bit like driving a van!
1991 Tornado Red BB 8v GTI Moredoor
2008 Skoda Octy Scout aka dirty diesel

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Reply #10
Was watching an old Car SOS a while back, can't even remember which one now but they were sorting out a new head-board for something or other.

At the time it reminded me of the different posts about our MK2 ones and that it always seemed to come back to the glue failing. They were a specialist company, but there's bound to be more than one and whatever adhesive they use must do the job or else they'd not be in business too long.

Might be worth trawling some of the old episodes or ringing one or two of them from the Yellow Pages for some pointers? 

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Reply #11
It's not actually the glue that fails, there is a very thin layer of foam between the crisp like headlining and the material, this deteriorates and lets the material sag.

I have taken down a headliner, cleaned off the foam and used proper trim fix adhesive to glue on fresh material.
Absolute pain in the ass, but seems to work.
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Mk2 BBM ABF
Bora 20vt
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Re: Need new headlining

Reply #12
Buy the whole thing, it's less hassle and straight swap, by the time you take the old one out and break it into pieces it cheaper to replace, my mate has done his, good quality https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184392433841?hash=item2aeea540b1:g:eOIAAOSwDDpdzDJ5

My headliner has also been sagging and needed new one this looks good. Sounds like the general consensus is that a DIY job on the headline doesn’t really last? So am I better off purchasing this one or getting my current one out and giving it a shot myself? If so what do I need to do to be able to refurb my headline myself?

Thanks :)

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Reply #13
Without taking out the headlining and doing it properly a DIY job won't last, you can't just restick the saggy bit.

But a DIY job will last if done right - think about it, one you buy will have been done by someone else. Granted they've done it more often so have practice but there's no special tools required.

Like most things it's all in the prep. Glue can't stick to dust, so you have to clean away all the old foam, which has disintegrated into dust.

A headlining can be removed and refitted without breaking if done carefully, I've done it a few times now and mostly on my own.




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Reply #14
Well I've just ordered one of them.
Fingers crossed!!
Mk2 Driver
Mk2 Silver 8v
Corrado G60 Turbo
Mk2 Red 8v
Mk2 Grey 16v
Mk2 BBM ABF
Bora 20vt
Mk2 Green VR6
Mk2 Green ABF
Mk2 BBM 20vt
3.2 TT Roadster
Mk2 Red 16v
225 TT Coup
3.2 TT Coup
Mk4 Anniversary

Mk2 BBM R32
Mk2 Red 8v