Roof lining

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panzer
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Help and advice please

1988 230GES

Whillst in excellent condition the roof lining in the rear of my car is starting to sag.

Any ideas on an easy fix?

Thanks in antisipation

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Re: Roof lining

No is short answer. My similar aged one had done this at the back panel. The material is sort of a cardboard/plastic mush that has been moulded so I tried spraying with water and using weights (after removing from car) on sunny day to dry it. It did striaghten but gravity took it back once fitted.

Option B and C
B - over bend it using water and sun to put arch into it... it may stay up there but fitting is fun enough as it is..
C - some sort of double sided tape and spacer .. but it would be hard to get the spacing right.. could double sided tape stick a bit of wood to steel roof and then screw up into it but that would leave visible screws/caps.

.. or options D and E .. agricultural ones!
D - lose it .. less weight up high (but more noise)
E - drill through roof and use some mudguard washers to hold it up.. nice!!

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Re: Roof lining

Hi Panzer sagging caused by moisture from the water leaking in and the sun creating condensation in between the lining and the roof..using copious quantities of "tigerseal" on very dry surfaces works for a period of time after applying prop lining hard against the roof in lots of places for 24 hours

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Re: Roof lining

Mgrays and Fixwin many thanks

I will try the tigerseal and props - jacks and wood may be an idea to keep it in place.

But how do I get the lining out or move it enough to put the tiger seal in?

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there are plastic pegs and channels ..remove the pegs and lift the trim out of the channels to expose the metal roof..clean both surfaces with white spirit and wipe with clean cotton cloth then apply "Tigerseal" refit and prop until firm against the metal roof. leave for 24 hours (out of the sun)......

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Plastic pegs are colour coded and are large rivets .. with a large covering head which you need to pull out to take tension off the expanding part underneath. I have a tool for this which is sort of like the claw of a joiner hammer.. so you could try that to help ease them out. Dealer failed to get replacements in the right colour so do not be surprised if you cannot get them.. pulled head off one I think which managed to hide...guess a wee squirt of WD40 etc might have eased it out of the plastic/plastic interface. One person can do it (support panel on your back; not heavy) but it is a bit of a fiddle.