How to Replace the Headliner in My Convertible BMW E36

Written by oliver hill
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Due to the naturally thin roof that a convertible has, it is inevitable that one time or another the headliner will become damaged. When this happens the current headliner within the car needs to be removed and replaced with a new one. Replacing a headliner in a BMW E36 is a moderately difficult process to undertake, but when using the correct equipment and basic tools, it will save you a lot of time and effort.

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Things you need

  • Sandpaper
  • Wrench
  • Scissors
  • Headliner material
  • Spray glue

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  1. 1

    Remove the white bolts in the centre and each corner of the headliner with a wrench. Fold the material in half and feed it through the back end of the BMW.

  2. 2

    Wipe all of the remaining bits of old glue left on the roof of the BMW with sandpaper.

  3. 3

    Spray a thick coat of adhesive glue on one side of the replacement BMW headliner. Push the glued side of the headliner on to the BMW roof until it sticks without you needing to hold it up.

  4. 4

    Cut the edges of the new BMW headliner with a pair of scissors if it overlaps on to the windows. Screw the white screws back on with a wrench.

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