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Elise Soft Top headliner came loose! repair?

My 2005 Elise is a full on garage queen,. yet the headliner portion of the soft-top, on the drivers side, has literally come loose! - and I've literally only taken the top off/on a few dozen times.
anyone else experience this?
I imagine I can use some adhesive to stick it back in and hope it sticks, but what kind do you think is best? (and is this the proper way to fix it?)
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There's at least one big thread on this.

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Some, like myself had them professionally recovered. Others have repaired it themselves and a few have removed it all together and left it bare.

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There's at least one big thread on this.
Some, like myself had them professionally recovered. Others have repaired it themselves and a few have removed it all together and left it bare.
I think the OP is talking about the Touring package soft top which has a 2 layer design, the inner layer being a headliner. Most the threads I have seen are about hardtop headliners falling down.

The non-touring package soft top was only a single layer with no inner headliner. This is what I have so I can't comment on repairing it, sorry!

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I think the OP is talking about the Touring package soft top which has a 2 layer design, the inner layer being a headliner. Most the threads I have seen are about hardtop headliners falling down.

The non-touring package soft top was only a single layer with no inner headliner. This is what I have so I can't comment on repairing it, sorry!
Indeed, the problem with the headliner separating in the touring soft top has been well known almost from the day the cars first hit the market in the U.S., and has been discussed often on here over the years. I've had a total of five of the touring soft tops (on my 3 Elise's, and did the soft top addition/conversion on both Exiges) and the liner separated to some extent on all five of the soft tops.

Folks have done everything from using hot glue, other glues, or had professional shops repair. I believe for a time Lotus dealers would make the repairs (but not replace) at little or no cost. Don't know if that's the case anymore.

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Aah...now I know.

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I think that recently my touring softtop has started to separate a little bit. Not much though, but it does look like a future repair may be needed.

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thanks for the replies!
..yes,. I meant Touring Soft Top (forgot about the minimal one that also existed).

I could have sworn the topic was discussed before, but was unable to successfully find it in a search.
(guess I'll try searching again.. any search tips to find the big thread?)

I'll probably try 3M Headliner and Fabric Adhesive to try to "do it right"- (could use some of that in my MGB as well)

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I repaired my soft top liner with good success...

You have to break off the outer covers... they're glued on pretty tightly. Luckily I picked up a set of replacement covers a few years back on this forum.

Couple of pics in old thread.

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f101...er-fix-318994/

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Does anyone have any suggestions on what material to use to repair/replace soft top headliner?
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Does anyone have any suggestions on what material to use to repair/replace soft top headliner?
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well, my final solution was to buy the 3m Adhesive,. sprayed it on the fabric that was loose, and jammed it back into place. that stuff was sticky!
But it did the trick. (didn't break apart or unscrew anything)

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Does anyone have any suggestions on what material to use to repair/replace soft top headliner?
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well, my final solution was to buy the 3m Adhesive,. sprayed it on the fabric that was loose, and jammed it back into place. that stuff was sticky!

But it did the trick. (didn't break apart or unscrew anything)
Going to try your solution. I'm a new owner and found my top separated and with the rear cable broken. Also on the lookout for a non-touring soft top in good condition as a replacement option.
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Did you spray the 3m adhesive on the outside of the headliner and smooth it out, or did you peel it back and spray on the inside?

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Did you spray the 3m adhesive on the outside of the headliner and smooth it out, or did you peel it back and spray on the inside?
it's been a few years since I did it now, but I believe I just peeled it back and sprayed onto the fabric itself and jammed it all in as best I could. I believe I tried to smooth it out as much as possible, might have been slightly lumpy since I did not take things apart, but it worked. that 3m stuff was dang sticky and dried fast.

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