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Old 09-01-2009, 05:24 PM   #1
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Hi I know that this topic has been covered but you may run into the same problem I did where some posts had very few pictures or werent very informative I hope the info I provide you will be enough for you to do your panels.

First off the materials you will need are as follows:

razor blade

Scissors

3M Spray on adhesive 90 Hi strength

Sheet metal screws and washers you will need 32 screws and 32 washers

fabric of your choice make sure that the fabric has some thickness to it so
the glue dosn't soak through. Get at least 2 yards so if you mess up you have more to work with.

Dremel tool prefered

philips screw driver

Ok step 1: Remove the door panels from the car door. This is easy I hope you know how to do it I dont have pictures for this part.

Step 2: Remove the 3 screws pictured below which hold the plastic storage pocket to the door panel, once you remove those 3 screws you will be able to remove the backside of the pocket.
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Step 3: Now remove the 2 screws on the inside of the door pocket to remove the other side of the pocket from the door panel. Once you remove the door pocket you will be able to see all of the heat pressed posts that hold the door insert to the panel itself.



Step 4: Grab your dremel with the grinding tip and grind the plastic around the melted circles which are holding the door insert and door panels together. Be sure not to grind down the post itself but to grind around it you dont want to shorten the post.


Once you grind around the post it should look like this continue till you have grinded around all 16 posts.



Step 5: Remove the door insert from the door panel its easy just pull them apart if you grinded around all the posts it should come apart with little effort.



Step 6: Remove the old fabric from the door insert. Clean old adhesive off if desired I didn't.



Step 7: Lay out the old fabric on top of the new one so you can cut out how much you will be using.



Step 8: Lay the fabric on top of your door insert to make sure you have cut enough and start smoothing it out on the top you will be glueing very soon.



Step 9: fold some fabric to the left you will start on the side where the window handle would be. Spray adhesive on the plastic, then some on the fabric make sure you do not get any adhesive on the side that will be showing. Let the glue sit for 30-60 seconds and depending on how much you sprayed the glue should be tacky. Once it gets tacky fold back over the fabric on the glue and smooth out make sure you have no wrinkles.



Step 10: Now that the section you have done has sat for about 5 mins fold the cloth to the right side and do the same steps to glue it into place. I recommend you glue the top first get it smooth and wrinkle free then glue the sides, and do it in sections it much easier.



Step 11: Once you have glued the top portions of the fabric to the door insert now do the sides make sure you work out the wrinkles around the curves so you job dosnt look like a noob did it.



Step 12: Now that you have glues and smoothed out the new fabric to your door insert you can reattach it to the main panel. First you need to put the insert back into place on the panel and cut X's into the fabric where the posts are so you can pop them through the fabric.



Step 13: Take your screws and washers and uses them to secure the door insert back to the main panel. Like so.



Step 14: Once you have secured the door insert back to the main panel with the 16 screws and washers the rest is self explanatory cut the excess fabric with the razor blade, Reinstall the door pocket and then put the door panel back onto the car enjoy.

Finished product





This is my first tech post so any comments good or bad would be appreciated. I know my grammar and spelling aren't the best hope this post helps you=D
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:33 AM   #2
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wish i saw this yesterday lol i did one door panel and the post i melted off to much so now i think its to short for the screws im goin to try to eboxy it back in,
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I always melt the plastic rivets off.
Makes putting screws back in easier.
So you dont have to have those huge washers.
I just use a self tapping screw with a washer head.
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Old 09-17-2010, 10:28 AM   #4
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bump cuz im scared to try this but i want to. Im bored at home.
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:57 PM   #5
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Hump for some info.
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:50 AM   #6
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nice write up
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The fabric that u used..... Was it actual suede or faux suede like moleskin or something else??
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i know this thread is almost a year old but where did you get the fabric? it looks nice.
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:52 PM   #9
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this is a great thread
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love it !!! great way to personnalize your ride !
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:35 PM   #11
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I wanna do this but I have the brown interior. Nothing matches with brown.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:39 AM   #12
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Nice write up!
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:17 PM   #13
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Nice work. Does anyone have a link to a vinyl re wrap? Mine needs to be replaced as well on my door panels.
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Why would it be any different that fabric?
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great writeup, referenced this doing my door panels last week. 2 comments to add though,

1) glue the center first then work your way around, one edge at time makes adhering the fabric alot easier and wrinkles less of a problem. Also, using a bondo applicator (those flexible plastic scrapers) works great to spread the fabric, smooth wrinkles, and press the adhesive together.

2) screw size is #10 x 1/2"
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