Interior DIYs Audio/Visual Equipment, interior trim upgrades, etc.

Custom Door Panel

Old 10-03-2008, 03:07 PM
addiction2bass's Avatar
Recognized HCF Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Brownsburg, IN 46112
Posts: 11,203
Default Custom Door Panel

door arm rests recovered.

tools needed
hot glue gun/ or epoxy
and your fabric and spray adhesive.
philips screw driver.

for the DX manual windows you can use a screw driver philips or flat to pull the rear clip off the window crank, first pull the speaker cover off and put the screw driver around that area flat to aim it behind the crank and spin the crank over and the screw driver tip should catch the clip and knock it off and then you can just slide off the crank handle.

then pull the philips screws one around the door handle, one on door handle pocket on the arm rest. and 3 more holding the stock speaker inplace and unplug the harness off the speaker, and then 3 more screws around the door speaker area.

then pull the door panel up and out of the way.
Name:  96doorpanel-01.jpg
Views: 1361
Size:  71.3 KB
Name:  96doorpanel-02.jpg
Views: 1012
Size:  36.6 KB
Name:  96doorpanel-06.jpg
Views: 1035
Size:  58.0 KB

then bust out the dremel and cut the melted plastic dots. i used a cone shaped stone so it was pretty straight. grind em down alittle and push from the other side and you should feel it push in alittle when youve gone far enough.
continue around the panel and pull the whole section out.
Name:  96doorpanel-08.jpg
Views: 1578
Size:  90.1 KB
Name:  96doorpanel-07.jpg
Views: 1047
Size:  68.4 KB
Name:  96doorpanel-10.jpg
Views: 1125
Size:  74.5 KB

then simply pull off the old ugly fabric lay it out over your new material and cut out your material. then spray some glue on the back of the fabric and some glue on the trim piece and just give it a minute or two to tack up and then apply and work the fabric around to remove wrinkles. and keep pressing the fabric around the trouble areas to get them to stick good, it will take afew minutes for the glue to dry and stick good to hold the fabric inplace...

Name:  96doorpanel-11.jpg
Views: 1036
Size:  148.0 KB
Name:  96doorpanel-12.jpg
Views: 1021
Size:  145.4 KB

now you can either use hot glue like i did or go stronger and get some 1min epoxy.
either way only do about 3-4 mounting spots at a time until the glue or epoxy is dried or cooled hard then work to the next 3-4
i used hot glue and the low temp setting.
Name:  96doorpanel-15.jpg
Views: 1014
Size:  93.5 KB
Name:  96doorpanel-14.jpg
Views: 1016
Size:  66.2 KB
Name:  96doorpanel-16.jpg
Views: 964
Size:  75.6 KB
Name:  96doorpanel-17.jpg
Views: 1019
Size:  85.9 KB
Name:  96doorpanel-18.jpg
Views: 985
Size:  104.0 KB

and simply reinstall

Name:  96doorpanel-23.jpg
Views: 1231
Size:  91.7 KB

Name:  96doorpanel-24.jpg
Views: 1410
Size:  64.7 KB
Name:  96doorpanel-25.jpg
Views: 1037
Size:  97.6 KB

took me about an hour (minus the fiberglass fix)

tomorrow ill do the passenger door, and then the arm rest.
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Inside and Out
08-15-2005 05:43 PM
Mechanical Problems & Technical Chat
06-29-2005 05:36 PM
Private 'Wanted' Classifieds
12-19-2004 02:59 PM
Mechanical Problems & Technical Chat
12-11-2004 08:17 AM
Mechanical Problems & Technical Chat
10-15-2004 08:07 AM

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Custom Door Panel

Featured Sponsors

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.