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Old 07-15-2013, 12:43 PM   #15
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Has anyone had experience poking a small hole and spraying a 3m type adhesive through a straw and adhering it back to the metal?
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:15 PM   #16
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In a friend's trailer that is no longer with us (it was totaled in a wreck), the owner before him used those clear plastic flower looking things riveted to the ceiling in a geometrically symmetric pattern, and it looked good.

Sorry, I don't have a better explanation for those "clear plastic flower looking things".
Plastic flower looking things are probably Mirror Screw "etuschions" or something like that? Used to mount mirrors on doors, etc. The screw goes through the center but sort of disappears in the "flower". Not a bad Idea.

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Old 07-19-2013, 03:40 AM   #17
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No a bad idea if you want to forever screw up your Airstream.
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:55 AM   #18
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Has anyone had experience poking a small hole and spraying a 3m type adhesive through a straw and adhering it back to the metal?
The 1999 Bambi I owned had sagged and the previous owner screwed it back in place with the white flower things....and forever branded that trailer.

I removed them and used aerosol headliner glue to repair it....if it wasn't for the holes in the carpet put in by the previous owners moment of stupidity you couldn't tell the headliner/carpet had ever sagged.

There are several points of access to get the spray in such as the front and rear 'pull off' trim strips, light fixtures, vent molding....keep in mind that most of the spray headliner/contact glue will spray almost 3 feet...be careful with any over spray because it doesn't come off very easy.

Be sure and follow directions on the can, get plenty of ventilation going and wear a good mask and safety glasses.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:57 AM   #19
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The 3M adhesive didn't work for me at all. Absolutely no effect. In mine the issue was that the vinyl was separating from its backing. I embarked on a (still unfinished) project to remove the headliner entirely and just go to bare aluminum. There's a thread around here somewhere with a couple pictures, but I still need to get some pictures of what's currently finished.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:53 AM   #20
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sagginging hearliner

I followed all post on this subject for 3 years before I did anything..I never saw anything I was completely satisfied with. My understanding is that the aluminum under the ceiling carpet is not aircraft grade like the aluminum on the out side and will not shine the same. Also since it was to be covered I hear that not much care was taken to avoid unsightly blemishes...I have never heard anyone that has used spray that had lasting success...I personally hate the plastic flower screwed into the ceiling. My choice as can be seen from previouse post (pics) was aluminum strip..That was my preference and everyone has theirs...Anything added that is aluminum at least fits the airstream theme..Just my opinion..
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The guy that I sold my 1996 21' Sovereign to said the headliner in it started sagging also. He said what he did was install strips of bamboo. He had them fan out at the front end cap and installed them crosswise from the front fan to the back end.

I read on a post here sometime back that the problem was due to a government mandate about reducing emissions and Airstream went to a water based adhesive that did not hold up over time. I believe the adhesive was failing, not the foam backing on the trim material. I was told that if you don't get all the old adhesive off, just putting 3M spray on it was only a temporary solution.
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In a friend's trailer that is no longer with us (it was totaled in a wreck), the owner before him used those clear plastic flower looking things riveted to the ceiling in a geometrically symmetric pattern, and it looked good.

Sorry, I don't have a better explanation for those "clear plastic flower looking things".
In the 60's and 70's manufactured hmes they were called "florettes" or something such as that.
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:31 PM   #23
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Has anyone had experience poking a small hole and spraying a 3m type adhesive through a straw and adhering it back to the metal?
I just did exactly that. Part of the mouse-fur (Ozite) headliner in our 2002 19' Bambi came loose in the past couple of weeks. Three 1/2" slits (with a razor blade) in the headliner and a brass-tube extension on a spray can of 3M 90 adhesive and everything is now back in place. The extension was about 12" long and putting it through the slits meant I could hit every loose spot with spray. Everything is now nicely back in place.

If it doesn't last? It was so easy that I would just repeat the process. For those unfamiliar with the product, the 3M 90 spray is very tough, durable, heat-resistant stuff.

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In the 60's and 70's manufactured hmes they were called "florettes" or something such as that.
"Rosettes" i think is what they were called...
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I was thinking some vintage hubcaps would look Kewl..... Nah nevermind.

Go to a sheet metal shop. They can hydraulicly punch a bunch out in a few minutes!
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