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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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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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Old 10-09-2013, 09:32 PM   #7
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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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