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Old 04-21-2013, 11:42 PM
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Advice on making door panels..

Hola, I'm planning to makie a new set of door panels for my classic mini.
I've got a few questions. I have read different post here and other web sites but I'm still kinda confused, I would appreciate any tips or advice you have for me, thanks...

What should I make them out of, do I go with Masonite or PVC board?... my back panels have to be bendable...

What foam do I use?

Is this adhesive any good to use?

where can I find these divider things, I want a pair in chrome like in the second picture but can't find where to buy them at.

How do I make these lines I figure you just cut straight lines in the foam...but I don't know the process.

Lastly, where can I find all the materials I went to home depot but didn't find anything good, was thinking about hobby lobby next, or all together on one website, cause I don't wanna have to buy from different websites, S/h adds up.

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Well I'll try to answer some of this before I punch out for the night...

What you need won't be at any home depot..

A lot of people are going with the PVC board now... You can heat and bend it as far as I know...

for the glue... I would only use this.. That's me.. I find it to be the best..

the lines can be sew in with the right machine or glued in.. A few different ways to do it..

This is a very good place to get most if not everything you need..Your Auto Trim Store

I hope this helps you out... The one to talk to is Mr.Dan here on the board... I'm sure he will let you know for sure if I missed something... I only played around a little with Interiors.. He does this everyday..
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:32 AM
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Randy is right, there is nothing at Home Depot that you should buy to do door panels. This is an upholstery job, and all the things you need are at an upholstery supply or auto trim supply. There are a half a dozen ways to do the horizontal lines, it depends on what you want them to look like. They can be done by sewing them in, cutting the lines out of closed cell foam, doing individual sections, stapling them in by blind stapling, etc. Look at this tutorial, it will help you with most of it: Door panel tutorial. Also look at this Wiki article about adhesives:

Masonite is the worst stuff on the planet to use for door panels. It is brittle and soaks up water like a sponge. 3mm PVC foamboard is what to use. You can buy it from sign shops or sheet plastic suppliers.

You're probably not going to find everything all at one online supplier, especially the chrome divider strips you're looking for:

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