Author Topic: The Grit under the headliner is ???  (Read 6399 times)

LFrank

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The Grit under the headliner is ???
« on: September 09, 2003, 14:31:34 »
What is the black gritty stuff that has degraded beneath the headliner on my hardtop? Old foam? Adhesive? Sure hope it's not toxic, as I get a few mouthfuls whenever I put the windows down in wintertime...(probably time to restore it!).

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George Davis

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Re: The Grit under the headliner is ???
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2003, 17:46:34 »
LFrank,

I understand it's dried up foam.  Mine needs to be restored, too, but that won't happen for a while.  Would it be sacrilege to glue some saran wrap up there in the meantime?  Is there something better?

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Re: The Grit under the headliner is ???
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2003, 01:45:45 »
Well I'm about to start restoration, a basic type, on my hardtop. Every time I went over a bump I got showered in that dust !

I intend to strip the chrome and either clean or replace the lining and soundproofing, refinish the wood and repaint the exterior. Mine has no real rust just some scratches and marks on it.

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Re: The Grit under the headliner is ???
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2003, 04:19:18 »
Oh, God.  Mine showers tan mealy stuff all over.  Apparently, according to my mad better half (he of the GT40 and the half-finished E-type), it is not expensive to strip out the lining and replace the foam.  This will definitely be done on the next visit to Sarasota, as I don't look too good with blonde crumbs in my hair...



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Re: The Grit under the headliner is ???
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2003, 11:56:32 »
To temporarily "cure" this problem, couldn't the hard top be removed, placed upside down on the garage floor, and the fine material be vacuumed out through the perferations?

This material can also come from the under dash panels.  There is foam that dries and comes off.

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« Last Edit: September 10, 2003, 11:57:21 by rwmastel »
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Re: The Grit under the headliner is ???
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2003, 03:32:14 »
Rodd, I tried that too, thinking that it would be the end of it.  Upended the top on a soft blankie on the front lawn and sawed away with the Hoover.  It lasted about a week before grit started sifting down again.  It may be that mine is in the initial stages and has plenty more foam to go!  



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