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how do you install new door panels without screws or nails showing

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If you are talking flat panel custom made stuff. You need fasteners similar to what the old VW beatles used. You punch a 3/8" hole in the backer board and drill a corresponding hole in the door or side you are covering. Line up the fasteners with the holes and give the panel a few swats with a rubber mallet and you have fastened panel with no visible screws etc.

Try AU-VE-CO for a variety of door trim panel fasteners.
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You have to mimic what the OEM car manufacturers do. They use plastic christmas tree fasteners. They are made by Auveco. They are sandwiched between two wood door panels that are laminated together to form one panel. Matching hole to accept the pointed end of the christmas tree are drilled in the door frame and the panel is pushed on

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Check out these threads: Creative Ways of Attaching Door Panels panel clips
I do not like the plastic fasteners for three reasons: 1) they get brittle over time and are useless if you need to take the panels off more than a couple times. 2) they need to be precisely placed directly over the holes in the car door. 3) they need to be installed in the door panel before you upholster it, and are in the way from that point on.
Metal offset clips give you more adjustment capability, and go in after you upholster the panel. Good luck.

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