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I just picked up my new Gladiator from Kent in Idaho, and he warned me that Hothead Headliners (while awesome and the best sound reduction out there) are having an adhesive problem. He's had multiple customers whose Headliners have fallen off, and the company has had to send stronger adhesive out for all pieces (top, sides, and sound assassin strips). He warned me to contact them and make sure they sent the stronger adhesive with my order.
Anyone else seen this issue? Given that Las Vegas will hit 115F this summer, that's definitely a concern for me
My rears fell down but are caught on the inner trim so I haven't fixed it yet. They still work great. Fronts and sides are good though.
I was having the issue with mine. Called the company. They quickly sent out to me new heavy duty 3M tape, a new tool and links to video detailing installing with the new tape. Zero issues with the new tape following their instructions to the letter.
Are the current units being shipped with the better/heavier duty adhesive tape? ... Are the panels coming unattached at random still a thing?
Well, if I ordered them today, would they come with the new adhesive or the old weaker stuff? I'd want to install it right the first time.
No reports of the MOPAR headliners falling off, not that I've seen anyway.
I suppose I could order them now anyway, but just wait til the spring or early summer for warmer temps to attach them. The highs here this week will barely hit 20-degs.
Maybe, when ordering, I can specify wanting the 'big boy' adhesive sent along so I don't have to chase it down later under warranty, ... you know, after a panel suddenly dislodges and hits my face and hair at a critical moment while off-roading.
I'm in a similar boat, want to buy the headliner but not likely to install until Spring, and I also would like the "big boy" adhesive by default. Maybe Hothead could answer that question, are they automatically shipping with the better adhesive?
Hey Everyone, it seems like there are some questions and maybe a little confusion regarding our Hothead Headliners and adhesive, so I'll try my best to clarify everything as best as possible, but please feel free to reach out to me directly with any additional questions.Got mine for Christmas and one of the rear panels is falling.
The adhesive we use for our Hard Top Headliners is a high-quality 3M VHB tape with a high heat rating of 300°+ degrees Fahrenheit. It's pretty serious tape and we are using more than needed on the headliner panels for more than a proper weight/tape ratio. With proper preparation, it should last a lifetime.
We are aware that some folks may miss a preparation step and also that installation conditions aren't always perfect, which both can absolutely cause issues. The tape itself is very consistent but I'm sure it does fail on occasion for no reason, but this is rare.
As mentioned in previous comments, whenever there is an issue with the adhesive not sticking, we will take care of you and send out new tape and instructions to replace, on us. We pride ourselves with providing all of our customers with the best customer service as possible and we want everyone to be 100% satisfied with our products & service. We are a part of this Jeep community and not just a random vendor selling products from China so this really means a lot to us.
Replacement Tape: Reading everyone's comments about this "big boy" tape made me laugh a little. The replacement tape we send out to folks that are having issues is the exact same, high-quality 3M VHB tape that comes standard on every headliner we sell. It's not bigger, stronger or better than the original. As described above the original is already plenty strong.
Cold Weather Installation: In addition to the proper preparation steps, it's also important that you're installing in the proper temperature. We recommend installing in no less than 70° degrees Fahrenheit. We understand that many folks live in different climates, especially in the winter, so please don't worry. As long as you follow our Cold Weather Installation instructions, everything will install and adhere perfectly.
Here are a few [VIDEO] resources to help clarify things further.
Removing Your Panels
Replacing the 3M Tape
Prepping Your Hard Top
Installing Your Headliners
Cold Weather Installation
If you have any further questions or need replacement tape, please contact me directly or email our team at [email protected]