How to Repair Car Roof Upholstery

January 27, 2012

If you plan to hold on to your vehicle for several years, you'll likely need to know how to repair car roof upholstery. Car upholstery in general tends to lose its adhesive properties over several years of use. The result is that the loose outer layer of fabric that makes up the upholstery will come detached from the top of the car, and gravity will pull the fabric down so that it hangs loosely and freely. In extreme cases, this can even cause problems of spacing and visual impairment for the driver of the car. Fortunately, car roof upholstery maintenance is relatively straightforward, provided that you catch it early enough in the process of coming detached. Read on for a brief guide on how to repair car roof upholstery.

Step 1 -- Gather the Materials

You'll need the following materials in order to repair car roof upholstery adequately:

  • Upholstery glue
  • Assistant to hold the upholstery in place

Step 2 -- Identify the Points of Concern

Carefully examine the upholstery on the roof of your car for signs of damage. Look for critical points at which the glue that previously held it in place may have come undone or may have suffered some sort of wear and tear. These are the points where you'll need to reapply glue. Consider marking these points with an erasable pencil or piece of wax crayon on the upholstery. You'll know where to apply the glue primarily when you plan to reglue it in the subsequent steps of this procedure.

Step 3 -- Apply Glue in a Limited Area

Depending upon the type of upholstery glue that you've purchased, you'll find that it's either better to apply the glue gradually and to allow it to dry in pieces or to apply all of the glue together at one time. In either case, it will be helpful to hold the glued upholstery parts in place to the roof of the car. An assistant who can help to hold it in place will be helpful as well.

Using either the aerosol can of glue that you've purchased or the other types of adhesive that will work to fasten upholstery, begin by targeting the areas that you've designated that are closest to the edges of the upholstery sage. Make sure that they are held firmly in place until they dry.

Step 4 -- Repeat with Glue Applications and Test

Continue to apply glue to other parts of the upholstery wherever it sags. Look at the upholstery to see any signs of sagging or other damage as well. Check the quality of the adhesive job by gently pulling on the upholstery after it has dried thoroughly.

Upholstery glue can be found either at hardware stores in your area, at upholstery specialty stores or repair services, or at some specialty auto body repair shops. For more equipment necessary for this project, speak with a car service professional.

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