door panels - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Interior
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 03-12-2013, 09:07 AM
Registered User
 

Last journal entry: bump stops
Last photo:
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: maine
Posts: 87
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1
Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
door panels

since I'm unemployed for a while do to downsized out work I plan on trying my hand at making new door panels for my 31 chevy coupe. I have fabric that matches the seat not sure what to use for the sub panel 1/8" lauan or heavy cardboard? any help would be appreciated. SC

    Advertisement
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 03-12-2013, 11:28 AM
DanTwoLakes's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: Contact adhesive
Last journal entry: 49 Packard
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Age: 64
Posts: 5,863
Wiki Edits: 22

Thanks: 0
Thanked 150 Times in 137 Posts
The best thing for any panels is PVC foamboard. 1/8" thick (3MM)
You can buy it at most sign shops. It goes by the brand names Sintra, Komatex, CelTec, and Palight. Check out this thread: Door panel tutorial, it will help you with your project.
__________________
__________________________________

No one lives forever, the trick is creating something that will.
__________________________________
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 03-12-2013, 11:29 AM
BOBCRMAN@aol.com's Avatar
Member
 
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Holly, michigan
Posts: 8,121
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 25
Thanked 266 Times in 249 Posts
Being old skool from the sixties upholsterer. I use 1/8" un tempered Masonite type hardboard for door panels. Mostly because I bought a huge quantity at auction years ago and it works. It glues up good and holds staples. Works/shapes well with basic wood tools. Can be easily sealed if used in high moisture situations.
I see that a lot of semi-ridged plastic sheets are used now.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 03-12-2013, 01:59 PM
DanTwoLakes's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: Contact adhesive
Last journal entry: 49 Packard
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Age: 64
Posts: 5,863
Wiki Edits: 22

Thanks: 0
Thanked 150 Times in 137 Posts
With all due respect to you , Bob, Masonite is the worst thing on the planet to use inside a car with all the temperature changes they go through. Masonite is an interior product which does not belong outside. Masonite is made from a slurry of sawdust and glue that is steamed and made into panels under very high pressure. Masonite is brittle, and breaks very easily. It is not waterproof, and no amount of sealing will make it that way. Even the oil impregnated stuff will take on water if it comes in contact with water. It also warps very easily. Some older cars had Masonite door panels, but they stopped using it because of it's many failings. Yes, it's cheap, but there's a reason it's cheap. Please do not use Masonite for your interior panels.
__________________
__________________________________

No one lives forever, the trick is creating something that will.
__________________________________
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 03-12-2013, 02:20 PM
BOBCRMAN@aol.com's Avatar
Member
 
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Holly, michigan
Posts: 8,121
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 25
Thanked 266 Times in 249 Posts
I said "Masonite type" so the reader could relate to the type of product. The stuff I have has held up for years. Did the inner panels of my 48 Ford, 57 Thames, T bucket with the stuff in early seventies and has done great thru all these years of Michigan weather.

I've sold sheets of the stuff to others and never had a complaint. Seals up well with a coat of ordinary exterior house paint.
Presently doing the door and interior panels of my Gasser with the material.. Will post pics soon.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 03-12-2013, 03:13 PM
BOBCRMAN@aol.com's Avatar
Member
 
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Holly, michigan
Posts: 8,121
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 25
Thanked 266 Times in 249 Posts
Sorry, had to answer the phone. PS to above.

"With all due respect to you , Bob, Masonite is the worst thing on the planet to use inside a car with all the temperature changes they go through."

Auto manufacturers still use it in present vehicles. Ford, Chrysler and Honda for sure.. When Michigan was first hit by this recession. I contracted a job inspecting the raw panels as they were shipped from Indiana to a shop in Detroit. There they were covered with a fabric, by a heat press machine. Molded wood fiber door panels and interior cover panels. Sealed with a clear coating.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 03-12-2013, 07:28 PM
John long's Avatar
Slow but willing learner
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chattanooga, Tn
Age: 69
Posts: 2,107
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 993
Thanked 1,309 Times in 1,066 Posts
I don't know exactly what you are using Bob. You say it is not masonite but is a masonite type material. Obviously it is not a product the OP can go to the store and ask for. Years ago I used 1/8 tempered masonite that is more water resistant than regular masonite but it is hard to find, expensive and still will deteriorate eventually.

The PVC board is 100% waterproof, formable, with a little heat, and economical. The last I bought was 22 dollars for 4 x 8 sheet. It makes no sense not to go with it, unless of course, someone already has whatever it is you've got. Below is a picture of one of my door panels that needed a little curve for my roadster. All it takes is a little heat from a heat gun as Dan said and you are done.

It sews easily and holds glue well. What more could you ask for?

John L

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 03-12-2013, 07:32 PM
John long's Avatar
Slow but willing learner
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chattanooga, Tn
Age: 69
Posts: 2,107
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 993
Thanked 1,309 Times in 1,066 Posts
Maybe this will shownthe curve better.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 03-12-2013, 08:23 PM
BOBCRMAN@aol.com's Avatar
Member
 
Last photo:
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Holly, michigan
Posts: 8,121
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 25
Thanked 266 Times in 249 Posts
Nice work!

Like I said old skool. What I was used to working with back in the sixties/seventies. It still works. Plos I have less than $1.00 per 4x6 sheet. Originally bought 250 sheets back in early seventies at an auction of a trim supplier that died, in Detroit.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 03-12-2013, 08:28 PM
John long's Avatar
Slow but willing learner
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chattanooga, Tn
Age: 69
Posts: 2,107
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 993
Thanked 1,309 Times in 1,066 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by BOBCRMAN@aol.com View Post
Nice work!

Like I said old skool. What I was used to working with back in the sixties/seventies. It still works. Plos I have less than $1.00 per 4x6 sheet. Originally bought 250 sheets back in early seventies at an auction of a trim supplier that died, in Detroit.
I would use it too Bob if I had it and had been pleased with the results. My purpose was only to point the OP toward a product that he could purchase locally that, as Dan said, is an excellent product.

John L
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 03-12-2013, 09:17 PM
DanTwoLakes's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: Contact adhesive
Last journal entry: 49 Packard
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Age: 64
Posts: 5,863
Wiki Edits: 22

Thanks: 0
Thanked 150 Times in 137 Posts
I'm not talking about the Masonite type product you used in your cars 40 years ago. I'm talking about the Masonite the OP could find in his home improvement store today. All I am saying is that there are better choices out there than any Masonite type product for panel material. Being old school doesn't mean not changing with the times. They used to pad car seats with cotton, and cover the seat springs with burlap. Is that still happening? Car manufacturers sometimes make mistakes with things they decided to use. Just ask anybody who had a GM headliner in the 80's. Almost all of them failed because the glue failed and the headliner fabric separated from its foam backing.
__________________
__________________________________

No one lives forever, the trick is creating something that will.
__________________________________

Last edited by DanTwoLakes; 03-12-2013 at 09:42 PM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 03-17-2013, 10:44 AM
Registered User
 

Last journal entry: bump stops
Last photo:
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: maine
Posts: 87
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1
Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
After reading the post I went out a bought a sheet of Sintra at the local sign shop for $40. Is it best to add a padding of some sort under the final covering first? What works best? It doesn't have to be thick maybe 1/8" to 1/4". Also i need carpet for the floors and trunk area black any ideas what durable and cheap. SC
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 03-17-2013, 11:12 AM
S10xGN's Avatar
Gotta love a turbo!
 

Last journal entry: Body on Frame today.
Last photo:
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Port Neches, TX
Age: 61
Posts: 1,656
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 60 Times in 56 Posts
What's the word on this stuff from PerfectFit.com?

Russ
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #14 (permalink)  
Old 03-17-2013, 01:19 PM
DanTwoLakes's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: Contact adhesive
Last journal entry: 49 Packard
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Age: 64
Posts: 5,863
Wiki Edits: 22

Thanks: 0
Thanked 150 Times in 137 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by sportcoupe View Post
After reading the post I went out a bought a sheet of Sintra at the local sign shop for $40. Is it best to add a padding of some sort under the final covering first? What works best? It doesn't have to be thick maybe 1/8" to 1/4". Also i need carpet for the floors and trunk area black any ideas what durable and cheap. SC
Yes, put some kind of padding over the Sintra and under the fabric. You can use anything you want to pad the panel, but you would generally use closed cell foam (brand name Volara) which is very firm. It comes in 1/8" and 1/4". Most auto upholstery supply stores have black closed loop automotive carpet or black trunk lining at a reasonable price. Here's one place: Trunklining
__________________
__________________________________

No one lives forever, the trick is creating something that will.
__________________________________
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #15 (permalink)  
Old 03-17-2013, 01:22 PM
DanTwoLakes's Avatar
Hotrodders.com Moderator
 
Last wiki edit: Contact adhesive
Last journal entry: 49 Packard
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Age: 64
Posts: 5,863
Wiki Edits: 22

Thanks: 0
Thanked 150 Times in 137 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by S10xGN View Post
What's the word on this stuff from PerfectFit.com?

Russ
It's also called waterproof panel board, and comes in black also. It's basically just heavy cardboard, and isn't nearly as "waterproof" as they claim. It is also not nearly as good as PVC foamboard (Sintra).
__________________
__________________________________

No one lives forever, the trick is creating something that will.
__________________________________
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Interior posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Door Panels redvassilis Interior 1 03-31-2010 10:01 AM
door panels Tim Bauman Interior 3 09-30-2007 04:27 AM
How do you layer panels on door panels genr8rs Interior 6 04-05-2006 07:24 PM
Door Panels Chevelle Crazy Interior 10 02-10-2003 04:31 PM
3D door panels 74-Roadster Interior 6 02-01-2003 06:17 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:19 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.