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Old 04-11-2013, 07:54 PM   #1
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Cracked or faded door panel, Try This

Bonded a piece of Naugahyde to the upper door panel using the panel groove as a start point. I removed the window seal, folded over the panel and reinstalled the seal. No more crack or fade.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:08 PM   #2
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Ooh good idea. Mine has a crack in it and its faded as well. I might just have to do this. How long did it take ya?

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Old 04-11-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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About an hour or so, I started by folding over and gluing the edge of the material about 1/8" before bonding into the groove. Then I worked my way up about an inch at a time leaving the curved ends and latch opening to last. It really looks like it belongs.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:20 PM   #4
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Ya it looks real clean and i like the look too. I might have to get some more naugahyde though because all i got is neon kawasaki green i used to wrap some jet ski seats haha that might not look as clean as yours
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Old 10-09-2013, 07:20 PM   #5
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About an hour or so, I started by folding over and gluing the edge of the material about 1/8" before bonding into the groove. Then I worked my way up about an inch at a time leaving the curved ends and latch opening to last. It really looks like it belongs.
Jim, would you please go into more detail about your carpet laying skills?? I have a two inch crack in my drivers door, right at the top below the window. I would like to attempt this unique fix. thanks
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:05 PM   #6
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I had the same crack about 2 to 3 inches long near the door lever. I pop riveted a mild steel patch (thin) on the back of the panel to reinforce the crack (lightly countersunk the rivet heads) then I sanded all the plastic above the seam on the panel.

I took a piece of naugahyde material the length of the panel plus several inches and folded the edge (about 1/8' fold on the work bench) using contact cement. I let it bond and dry. This folded edge I started bonding into the door panel groove that cuts thru the door lever. I started doing about an inch at a time working my way up the panel. I left the hole for the lever till last including not cementing the area around the hole. After the cement set I sliced the fabric so it could be stretched and cemented thru the opening. I also cemented and stretched the fabric over the top and to the back of the panel. You have to remove the staples for the window wipe and install the wipe over the fabric. I saved the staples and reused them.

It sounds like a lot but it went pretty easy and considering what those freaking panels cost, it was worth it.
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I had the same crack about 2 to 3 inches long near the door lever. I pop riveted a mild steel patch (thin) on the back of the panel to reinforce the crack (lightly countersunk the rivet heads) then I sanded all the plastic above the seam on the panel.

I took a piece of naugahyde material the length of the panel plus several inches and folded the edge (about 1/8' fold on the work bench) using contact cement. I let it bond and dry. This folded edge I started bonding into the door panel groove that cuts thru the door lever. I started doing about an inch at a time working my way up the panel. I left the hole for the lever till last including not cementing the area around the hole. After the cement set I sliced the fabric so it could be stretched and cemented thru the opening. I also cemented and stretched the fabric over the top and to the back of the panel. You have to remove the staples for the window wipe and install the wipe over the fabric. I saved the staples and reused them.

It sounds like a lot but it went pretty easy and considering what those freaking panels cost, it was worth it.
Thanks I appreciate your detailed response. Pat
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Awesome idea,beats my Quadratec sticker lol.
Where do you get a piece of naugahyde,would another type of material work out the same?
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I have about a 6 inch crack below the handle that's bugging me
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That looks better than stock. One could do a radically different color, too. Or . . . SUEDE!
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I've got the same crack, up at the top corner about 3" long. So I'm guessing you took your complete door piece off. And you started at the bottom with your material?? Can you add some better pics please ?

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I've got the same crack, up at the top corner about 3" long. So I'm guessing you took your complete door piece off. And you started at the bottom with your material?? Can you add some better pics please ?

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Here are a few close up pics. I started the material in the horizontal groove on the upper door panel. I did not cover the whole panel although that is possible.
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That looks better than stock. One could do a radically different color, too. Or . . . SUEDE!
Um yeah, go crazy too and add some rhinestones to that suede along with a fringe across the edge!
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Now you're talkin'. Really "Pimping your ride."
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Covering my aftermarket armrests that are starting to disintegrate and may try this next. I know I bumped an oldie but, it's a goodie!

I wonder if anyone has covered the whole door yet?
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I was tired of looking at the cracks on both doors, but really didn't trust my skills with the vinyl or naugahide, so I went to O'Reily's and bought some 3" wide grip texture tape. I cut it to size and just stuck it on....
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That looks really good!
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I was tired of looking at the cracks on both doors, but really didn't trust my skills with the vinyl or naugahide, so I went to O'Reily's and bought some 3" wide grip texture tape. I cut it to size and just stuck it on....
How's the tape holding up? Does it tend to get rolled up on the edges? Looks really nice, but I'm interested on longevity.
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How's the tape holding up? Does it tend to get rolled up on the edges? Looks really nice, but I'm interested on longevity.

I'm wondering the same. Looks really nice, but I too would be concerned long term with heat, etc.
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I'm a "arm out the window" guy so my question is how does the tape feel on your arm/clothing? It looks abrasive, but I can't tell if it has a smooth or grippy texture to it.
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How's the tape holding up? Does it tend to get rolled up on the edges? Looks really nice, but I'm interested on longevity.
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I'm wondering the same. Looks really nice, but I too would be concerned long term with heat, etc.
I put the tread tape on in June/July of last year, so it's probably too soon to know if it will fade or not, but I'm pretty sure it had UV protectant. When I was putting it on it wanted to lift up on some of the edges and along the trim by the window, so I just brushed on contact cement in those areas and there is no peeling at all.

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I'm a "arm out the window" guy so my question is how does the tape feel on your arm/clothing? It looks abrasive, but I can't tell if it has a smooth or grippy texture to it.
The tape itself has a smooth texture so there it really isn't rough or abrasive when I rest my arm on it....although it will leave a temporary texture imprint!!!
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The tape itself has a smooth texture so there it really isn't rough or abrasive when I rest my arm on it....although it will leave a temporary texture imprint!!!
That's perfect. I have a 1" or so crack on my drivers side door right below the window seal, so I have been looking into some easy to apply methods to fix it. I may do this simply for the simplicity of it. Plus, it looks good!

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