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Headliner hydraulic clean-up

I'm trying to save my headliner after the hydraulic latch cylinder in front leaked. The original liner was replaced with cloth two years ago. I wimped out replacing the cylinder myself after reading the excellent posts about how to do it on this forum. It was too big of a project for me, so I had it replaced by the dealership. The headliner needs to be cleaned of the hydraulic fluid and was hoping someone has found a product that does just that. Any suggestions!!

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You can buy a new one around 300 or recover it was less than 100. Not much you can do to remove the oil stain.
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Thanks G. The liner I have now is black felt and it doesn't show the stain but the product smell and feel are what I'm trying to clean out. I don't have a problem getting a new one if need be. Just thought someone out there has run into this before and has a cleaner that does the job.
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Most hedliners has foam between the fabric you see and the hardboad. Oil in most likely in the foam and the fabric. Either replace the fabric with new with a foam backing and paint the hardboad with a stain hiding paint or get a new headliner. More than likely also over time you headliner fabric will come loose and drop down.
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I agree that if it has padding, you probably need to replace the headliner.

You could ask at the meguiars online forum about a cleaner (those forum members have a cleaner for everything), but you'd have to be very careful because you don't want a slightly harsh cleaner to drip down on other components that are still in beautiful shape.
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Thank you both for the input. I agree that in the end it will need replacement. When the cylinder let go, the hydraulic fluid ran out around the outside ends of the headliner. The cleaner I used yesterday had little improvement on the material. If I find a product that works on this, I'll post it just in case it would help someone else who might catch a leak quicker than I did. By the way,,,,nice cars !!!
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Long shot, remove headliner where you can use a mild soap and water to see if you can wash it out. If it works great. Down side you end up buying a new headline which you might be doing any way.
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Long shot, remove headliner where you can use a mild soap and water to see if you can wash it out. If it works great. Down side you end up buying a new headline which you might be doing any way.
This sounds like a good plan. Maybe use Dawn to cut the oil.
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Depending on type of backing (or lack thereof) you should have it dry cleaned.
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I had the same problem with my grey headliner. It took two good thorough washes using Dawn and a hose, carefully squeegeeing the extra water out and then air drying for a day or two standing on end so the water drains faster. It looks great now, and so far it's still intact. The stain is gone. Time will tell if the fabric and foam have been irreprably damaged.
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Thanks Sharkboards, I used various cleaners and spent 5 days cleaning the oil out of the fabric, form and headboard. I got the most mileage out of a Meguiars product called Quik Out, a carpet & upholstery cleaner. The headliner is back in the car looking good, still has a small odor of hydraulics but should dissipate with time.
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Thanks Sharkboards, I used various cleaners and spent 5 days cleaning the oil out of the fabric, form and headboard. I got the most mileage out of a Meguiars product called Quik Out, a carpet & upholstery cleaner. The headliner is back in the car looking good, still has a small odor of hydraulics but should dissipate with time.
I too have had the misfortune of a hydraulic cylinder leak. So far two tries at getting the oiliness and smell out of the side foam pieces to no avail. Most likely will have to replace it totally.
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Remove the fabric or vinyl, use a nylon rotary wheel to strip any remaining adhesive, then use dawn detergent and a small brush (like a fingernail brush) to get the oil out. It takes several repetitions to get it all out. Very labor intensive. Or buy a new one
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If you use BAKING SODA on the area that has oil it will get adsorbed by the Baking Soda powder and then you can vacuum the power out. The smell will also get better due to baking soda.....hopes this helps.....
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i used your baking soda advice, it does work but does take some time to let it adsorb the guild. Mine was bad lots of guild leaked and was adsorbed by the headliner. Now i am applying the fabric to finish off the look. thanks for the great advice.
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I had a lot of oil leak and now my liner vinyl is hanging off loose. But I don't know how to manually bring out the headliner because my roof wont come down auto. Does someone know how to manually bring it down so I can clean or replace? Also does anyone know where I can get it upholstered. Sorry for all the questions......Thanks
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I had a lot of oil leak and now my liner vinyl is hanging off loose. But I don't know how to manually bring out the headliner because my roof wont come down auto. Does someone know how to manually bring it down so I can clean or replace? Also does anyone know where I can get it upholstered. Sorry for all the questions......Thanks
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I had a lot of oil leak and now my liner vinyl is hanging off loose. But I don't know how to manually bring out the headliner because my roof wont come down auto. Does someone know how to manually bring it down so I can clean or replace? Also does anyone know where I can get it upholstered. Sorry for all the questions......Thanks
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