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Covering stock "plastic" door panels with "vinyl"

I need some input of covering stock plastic door panels with vinyl.

1. What do I need for preparation of plastic?
2. What type of glue is going to hold up best?
3. How do I stretch the vinyl or fasten it to meet certain bends in plastic?
4. Is this even possible?

Anyone that can help? Greatly appreciate any input! Thanks
Chris

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Yes, it is possible, and done all the time. If you are trying to do more modern door panels that have a lot of different levels and detail, you better have more than beginner's skill to pull it off. You need to clean the plastic to remove any oily or greasy residue with a degreaser like Formula 409 or Fantastik and a scrubbing pad. Then rinse with clear water and let it dry for a couple days. The glue you need is a high temperature contact adhesive like 3-M or DAP Landau top and trim adhesive. These also come in aerosol cans. Another good aerosol is Performance high temp contact adhesive. Stretching the vinyl depends on the shape you're trying to cover. The vinyl needs to be laid on loosely at first and worked into the low points and allowed to set up a little before going outward to bigger, less elaborate areas.
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