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Old 1 Jul 2008
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Defender roof lining

Any suggestions for the best glue and lining material to use on a Defender? My roof lining is sagging and it might be easier to replace it rather than go through the process of cutting it and gluing inside etc.

I know most of the overland outfitters seem to use some kind of black wire type felt material. I guess you lose some insulation by gluing directly to the roof rather than having air in between etc, but it would make a little more space or at least illusion of.
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hello, i have just returned from Morocco having recently completely renovated the head lining in my defender hard top. Firstly i removed the cab head lining by pulling the trim fasteners (quite hard!) then scrubbed and bleached using neat bleach, it came back to life like new! Then to reduce solar heating i went to focus and bought the silver thin heat insulation material (like foil) and covered the entire internal roof space. Then used bostik impact type adhesive to affix and reused the original clips to mount the headlining using brute force to get in! hope helps. On summary, the silver foil does reduce the temp and should help in winter too, however, 48 deg in Morocco kinda negated the effect.
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Thanks mate - but I am wanting to replace the existing headlining with something else - I just don't know what is the best to use.
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I replaced the rooflining for the some cheap thin grey carpet instead.Glued it with BISON Carpet glue. Made some supports to hold the carpet while glue was drying (24 hours).
It still holds and looks like new after 6 years
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hey Darrin, I'll second the cheap carpet option - a couple of quid for an offcut and a fiver for a can of some super strength spray adhesive - didn't expect it to stay stuck but it has . . . only trouble might be finding lime carpet should you want it co-ordinated . . .

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Hey Darrin - how you doing?

What are you up to now and when's your next trip?
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In the rear I used some headlining material with sparay glue to hold it up. By the time we got to Morocco it was all hanging down to ground level.....! So I gave up.

I think that in the front a new headlining off ebay would be the answer.
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Re : Defender roof linings

If you are feeling rich there is a company in Wales that sells hard fibreglass replacement headlinings for Defenders. They are a bit of a pig to fit (it needs 2 people), but there is plenty of space to hide wiring and insulation or fit speakers etc. LaSalle Interior Trim
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Thanks all - I was aware of La Salle, but I will cut so many holes in it for shelves to fit and for roof vents etc that I don't think it would be worthwhile.

Huey, can you remember the brand of glue that you used?

Cheers, dj
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In the end I have gone for the La Salle option and it is pretty good!
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In the end I have gone for the La Salle option and it is pretty good!
Hi Darrin,

Any chance of some pics please?

I will no doubt have to change mine one day, and have seen few fitted pics. Someone did post some at landrovernet.

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I had to reattach a piece of heavy underbonnet sound deadening on an MGB the other day - I had an old tin of 3M craft adhesive in the shed so used that - seems to have worked very well, seems like the same kind of glueyness as carpet adhesive only thinner, so as wot it comes out of the ole I suppose. You'd probably need a few tins to do a roof lining though!
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No problems with some pictures - but it will be about 3 weeks or so.

(They would do themselves a massive favour if they got some decent pictures on the website....)
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No problems with some pictures - but it will be about 3 weeks or so.

(They would do themselves a massive favour if they got some decent pictures on the website....)
I could not agree more.
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