Headliner repair using wooden battens

Michael Riebs / AudiV8 AudiV8 at 1stchoicegranite.com
Sun Jun 29 11:24:54 EDT 2003

I just glued mine back in!

Michael L. Riebs
Grand Rapids, Michigan

'90 V8Q
'98 A6QA


----- Original Message -----
From: "Doyt W. Echelberger" <Doyt at NWOnline.Net>
To: <quattro at audifans.com>
Cc: <200q20v at audifans.com>
Sent: Saturday, June 28, 2003 12:25 PM
Subject: Headliner repair using wooden battens

> On my type 44, the fabric headliner detached from its adhesive/foam,
> starting at the back window and extending forward almost to the rear of the
> sunroof, mostly in the centerline. The rear edge of the fabric fell out of
> the retaining trim that surrounds the upper line of the rear window. I
> couldn't see out of my rear view mirror. Passengers complained. So, I fixed it.
> At several drive-ins, I had seen custom headliners on refurbished cars from
> the 60's. They had non-fabric fiberboard headliners secured by side-to-side
> chrome plated metal battens that were held up by screws that went up into
> hidden strips. The strips were probably epoxied against the roof. Using
> that model, I bought an 8 foot section of clear white pine from Lowes,
> about 3/4 inch wide and maybe 1/4 inch thick. Wider might have been better,
> like 1 to 1.5 inches. I cut it into 3 pieces that ran from one side of the
> roof to the other, stopping short on each side before reaching the sharp
> downward curve of the roof. You will see why the 3 pieces were different
> lengths....33, 32, and 38 inches.
> I used an 1/8 inch drill to pierce the battens, with the first hole half
> way between the ends, and 4 more (two on each half.) A smaller drill (and
> smaller screws) would have been sufficient.
> I held the first (33 inch) pre-drilled batten against the droopy
> headliner,  20 inches past the sunroof, measured toward the rear window.
> The batten ran between the two sides of the cabin. I smoothed the liner
> between the sunroof and the batten until the wrinkles were gone.
> The section between the first batten and the rear window still drooped, but
> the liner between the batten and the sunroof was tight. I forced the point
> of an ice pick through the middle 1/8 inch drilled hole, to cut the
> headliner and make a starter hole in the fiberboard for the screw. If you
> don't do this, the liner fabric twists as the screw goes through it. Then I
> just pushed really hard with the screwdriver and turned the half inch wood
> screw tight against the batten. Putting the first screw in the center hole
> held the batten tightly and evenly against the headliner, and allowed me to
> place the remaining screws in the batten. Be sure the fabric is smooth and
> tight between the sunroof and the batten, before inserting the remaining
> screws.
> The second batten (32 inches long) went in place in the same manner, about
> half way between the first batten and the rear window. The fiber headliner
> swoops  up toward the roof at this point, and a slightly shorter batten
> fits the space better, with less pulling of the fabric.
> The third and final batten is 38 inches long, and it goes in place as close
> to the upper edge of the rear window as you can get. The batten is
> straight, and the window line is a curve, so at the center of the batten
> there is about an inch of space. Just get the fabric smooth and tight
> between the middle batten and the last batten, and after fastening the last
> batten, use a flatblade screwdriver or putty knife to work the last inch of
> the fabric under the rear window trim. Brush off the reddish brown
> foam/adhesive that falls all over the place, and be careful not to grind it
> into the haedliner fabric as you work.
> Wear appropriate protective clothing and safety gear, and do not attempt
> such repairs if you are allergic to any of the materials.
> Now you can see out of your rear view mirror again, and passengers no
> longer need auxiliary tent poles to sit in the back seat.
> Doyt Echelberger
> 87 5ktq
> Ohio  USA

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