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Assuming a vehicle is kept outside, about how long does a headliner typically last?

What if the vehicle is kept in a garage?

  • This is a really subjective question. It really depends on the car, how much someone touches it, plus the inside/outside you mention already. Any answer you get is going to be fraught with opinion. At least I've never seen a "standard" on this (nor even a rule of thumb). – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jan 18 '18 at 1:44
  • @Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Thanks. Recently, I spoke with a vehicle upholstery expert, and he stated 10-12 years. I had never heard that (or experienced that), so I thought I would post here for a good answer. I have a vehicle on which the headliner is suddenly coming down, and there is rust on the roof, so I'm wondering if it's related, or if it's just a coincidence due to the age of the vehicle (the vehicle is over 15 years old). If it's related to water instrusion, insurance will cover it; if it's normal for a headliner to only last 10-12 years, then they will not cover it. – RockPaperLizard Jan 18 '18 at 6:45
  • There's no one answer to this question as it depends on the quality of the materials and workmanship that went into the car in the first place. On a quality car the headliner will last decades, on a Yugo the headliner often fell down before the car left the factory. – GdD Jan 18 '18 at 8:45
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    I've found them for Camaro's, I don't know if they are available for your Jeep. We had to put our own fabric on my son's Cherokee when he owned it. You can get the fabric at the larger fabric shops. Use 3M adhesive to make it stick. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jan 18 '18 at 19:43
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    Sounds about right. I found when using the adhesives, if you coat both the base and the material separately, then stick them together, you get a lot better adhesion. If the material is light, it's no big deal. if it's heavier (I used a vinyl once), this works really well to keep it in place. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Mar 19 '18 at 18:14
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As long as it doesn't get too grubby or suffer from damp etc it should easily last the lifetime of the vehicle. I have a 21 year old Nissan that's kept outside on the drive in the UK, & the headlining in that still looks like new.

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