Car Interior Roof Restoration Tips

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Car Interior Roof Restoration Tips
Wearing a protective mask is a good idea when doing any kind of car restoration. (signage dust masking image by Jauhari Subhi from

The interior of a car's roof is many times overlooked in car restoration until it is falling apart or severely damaged. The vehicle's ceiling can be subjected to stains, tears, etc. without the driver or passengers ever aware of the problem. If you want to replace the interior of your car's roof, there are some tips to make the process a more enjoyable one.

Protective Gear

Before removing the interior of a car's roof, make sure you are wearing proper protection. There is likely old insulation that has deteriorated into dust between the cloth and the metal roof of the car; so when you take down the old fabric liner, that dust will fall onto you and the interior of the car. Make sure you wear gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and a face mask as well as some sort of head covering. It is a good idea to also cover up the car's interior with plastic so the dust does not get into tiny cracks or soil the seat upholstery.


On many vehicles, the interior roof upholstery is held into place by tiny plastic clips located at different points. These clips are often found near the doors and windshield of the car and are covered by a plastic disc that is the same colour as the car's interior. The plastic disc can be popped off with a flat head screwdriver. You will have to pull hard on the clips, making sure you pull towards the opposite side of the vehicle to release them. Some of these plastic clips are not meant to be reused, so you will have to get new clips, either from a car dealer's parts department or an automotive parts store.

Roof Structure

Replacing the interior of a car's roof gives you the opportunity to inspect the exterior frame and panels. Examine the inside of the old roof liner and look for any signs of water damage, such as stains, wetness in the fabric or insulation, or the presence of mould. Look for any light shining through the car's roof, or pour water over the top of the car and watch for any leaks. Holes can be plugged with a metal epoxy sold at hardware and automotive stores. These epoxies can be filed down and sanded once they cure, blending the repaired area with the rest of the car.

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