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Re-upholstering Door panels

Discussion in 'Body / Exterior / Interior / Cosmetics' started by nofxSOHCcrx, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. nofxSOHCcrx

    nofxSOHCcrx New Member

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    So my brother Chris decided he wanted to reupholster his door panels because he has a 92' civic with the nasty brown interior. He chose to go with black and purple, really close to the Crown Royal purple. We tore off the old fabric and took apart the door panel in to about 4 pieces. There are these little plastic pop rivet type things that hold on the center piece. We found it easiest to use a razor blade and cut off the top part of it to release the center plastic, and then just use a screw and washer to re attach it. Worked perfect. Here are some pics. They turned out really nice IMO.

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    The fabric looks blue in almost all the pics, but it's actually a royal purple.

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    Speaker cover Purple.








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    Used 3M Super 77 to adhere the fabric to the pieces.

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    The door side pocket thing.

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    After the ugly brown is covered.

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    Ugly brown door panel.

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    Half way covered with the black. Getting some more 3M on there.


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    Put back together.

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    Outside the Purple turns Blue in the camera for some reason. This is the back door he did yesterday, but was unsure how much glue to use because he didn't want the fabric to harden or get real stiff. Apparently not enough glue, going to have to re-do it.

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    And here is the one we finished today. Still need all black plastics. Door handle, lock, etc...

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    Ha...just noticed we forgot the little corner plastic piece.


    He wants to tackle the seat fabric, but not sure how well we would be able to do that. Worth a try. All input is welcome. Lmk what you guys think.


    Yes...typo on title...damn.
     
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    Jeef NO MA'AM Moderator VIP

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    They colors aren't my style but the work is very good.
     
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    Yeah, I think the colors look nice together, but I'm the same as you, not what I would choose. I want to do my CRX doors, but keeping them the same grey and black. I'm going to see how well his hold up before I do mine.
     
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    WOW.

    looks good man! Did he use some prep materials to add to the adhesion?

    He may also want to try some stronger 3M spray just to be sure.
     
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    Thanks. We just took the panel apart, sanded off the nasty green stuff underneath the old material so it was smooth, and then applied some 3m to the panel, but then noticed it was sticking a lot better when we sprayed it to the fabric instead. Didn't use anything else. If you know of something that sticks better, or a better way of doing it, let me know. He still has the other two door panels to do and we are experimenting to see what works best. LMK. He had another bottle of something that wasn't 3M that said it was stronger, but it wasn't.
     
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    looks like some really nice work and i like the color.
     
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    i did that to my EG back in the day.. black/grey tweed panels.. i never ended up using them though
     
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    color is unique.. itll look awesome with the rest of the interior done

    also, fixed the title for ya
     
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    Thanks.

    I want to do the black/grey to my crx.
    Ha, thx for fixing the title. Felt like an idiot for a few days. Lol. Yeah I can't wait to do the roof liner and the rest of it.
     
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    sorry for the late chime.

    3M spray does come in stronger applications (higher number).
    I remember using it when I was carpeting speaker boxes.....ghetto....but worked.

    Also. you want to spray the fabric AND the panel and let it sit for a minute or so.
    Then you lay it together and should get a better bond.

    looks good and I hope to do something similar to my CRX panels if possible.
     
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    Good info. Definitely going with some stronger stuff. Going to have to re-do both doors. We used a material that has a stretch to it, but am finding this to be not so good. Some of it got stretched too tight so it basically pulls itself off the panel. You think a material that doesn't stretch would be better? I think it would, it would just be a pain in the ass to get it around the entire thing without wrinkles. I need to do my 240sx panels as well. Last owner put some kind of dragon/Asian/weird pattern on the doors and the roof...Good thing were trying everything on my brothers car first HAHA.
     
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    That looks really clean. Nice job!

    I'd like to try that on my crx. What material did you use for the door panel?
     
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