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Old 06-19-2010, 03:06 AM
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Door panel problem!

My armrests on the door panels are in pretty rough shape, especially the drivers side. The vinyl is cracked and peeling off. I can't seem to find any aftermarket door panels online, nor any OEM door panels.

So what can I do? Any suggestions appreciated.

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Old 06-19-2010, 06:03 AM
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What year, make, and model is your car?
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Depends on what your goal is.

Your issue is way beyond and "vinyl repair" kit. Vinyl only lasts so long under the conditions yours has been exposed to for 30 years: UV, cold winters (and then blasting the heater), skin oil and dirt.

You aren't likely to find new panels that look any better or will match your car (or any 78 Caddies at all ) in a salvage yard, so you need to recover. That will depends on how handy you are. You need to figure out how that interior panel is put together and decide if you're up to tackling something you've never done before. Everything you'd need to do the job is available online and not very expensive. Or...you need to have them done at an upholstery shop. Here in L.A. that's easy to find and often a bargain. Probably not so easy in land of the cheese.
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The good news is that that section of your door panel should be a separate piece and you will be able to take it off of the door panel once that is off the door. The other good news is that the foam underneath isn't that bad, and with a new 1/4" layer of foam over the old foam you will have a good base to work with. Even more good news is that you should be able to come real close to the original color with the new vinyl. The bad news is that without seeing more pictures of that section off the main door panel I can't tell you how to go about fixing it, or even if you can fix it yourself.

BTW, brother728, the original poster is from South Dakota, not Wisconsin, which I assume is what you're referring to as the "land of cheese".
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You're right. Sorry. I could swear I saw Wisconsin. SD...same problem...just windier. I've been there in Feb. working on a film. Not fun.

Ah...I must've mistaken your location, Dan.
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Not a problem. We have two seasons here.........Winter and the 4th of July.
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LOL. I'm originally from Ohio, so I get it. Not as extreme, but I get it.
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