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protour73 05-28-2011 06:25 AM

First attempt at Door Panels
 
Sometimes you just need to push the fear of trying something new aside. So I dove into auto upholstery, head first. I figured if I screw something up, I'll just do it over. I kept my design simple, so the actual application would not be so difficult. Knowing my amateur status could only take me so far, I had a local auto upholstery shop (Riggs Brothers in Naperville, IL) do the armrests, they were able to incorporate the 2 major choices of material that I used and ran a stitch down the side of the armrest for a nice finished look.

I had gotten tired of the look of the stock '73 door panels in the car and they just didn't fit the overall protouring feeling that the rest of car was exhibiting. The upper door panels were covered with a product from 3M called Di-NOC. It has a faux Carbon Fiber look to it. It's not just a printed design, the surface actually has a texture to it. It works well with the faux black Carbon Fiber marine grade vinyl I used on the perimeter of the panel, the large insert is a black faux leather with a really nice texture to it. The small insert is the identical material as the black around the perimeter but in a yellow closely matching the cars paint.

The window cranks are billet aluminum by Lokar, anodized black from their "Midnight" series. I still have to install the interior door handles, but I am waiting for the escutcheon to come back from my friend Tom ( feathercarbon.com ) who is doing them in real Carbon Fiber.

The overall fit and finish turned out pretty well, not perfect.....but hey, it's my first time. A big inspiration for this project was Cboy-Two, who has a great Journal with some very detailed Interior work information and DanTwoLakes' Door Panel Tutorial.

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DanTwoLakes 05-28-2011 06:34 AM

You did a great job on your panels. What make and model car are they in?

S10xGN 05-28-2011 08:38 AM

Exceptional!

41willys 05-28-2011 08:51 AM

They look GREAT!!!

454 Rattler 05-28-2011 10:23 AM

I wish I had your talent.

You should be very proud of your work. I'm sure Dan Two Lakes and Cboy are impressed also.


454 RATTLER

454 Rattler 05-28-2011 04:55 PM

Are these the original door panels that you covered or did you make these in the past and just recover ?

Does this question make sense ?


454 RATTLER

protour73 05-28-2011 06:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DanTwoLakes
You did a great job on your panels. What make and model car are they in?

Thanks a lot Dan. My car is a 1973 Camaro

Quote:

Originally Posted by 454 Rattler
Are these the original door panels that you covered or did you make these in the past and just recover ?

They are not the original panels. I made completely new panels from scratch.

cboy 05-28-2011 06:07 PM

Outstanding work. Just downright impressive.

DanTwoLakes 05-29-2011 01:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by protour73
Thanks a lot Dan. My car is a 1973 Camaro

They are not the original panels. I made completely new panels from scratch.

I thought it might be a Camaro. I have a '75 Camaro Rally Sport. You didn't attach the metal top piece to the door panel like it was originally, but that's still a great look.

jon72vega 05-29-2011 03:51 AM

That is nice looking work!

Jon
http://1972vega.wordpress.com/

ProStreetRob 05-29-2011 06:32 AM

Awesome Look and you did a GREAT JOB :cool:

protour73 05-29-2011 07:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DanTwoLakes
I thought it might be a Camaro. I have a '75 Camaro Rally Sport. You didn't attach the metal top piece to the door panel like it was originally, but that's still a great look.

Dan, I'm curious...which metal top piece are you referring to?

DanTwoLakes 05-29-2011 07:54 AM

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Sorry about that. The part you have covered with carbon fiber above the main door panel is what I was referring to, but after looking at my car it is a separate piece just like yours.

protour73 05-30-2011 04:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DanTwoLakes
Sorry about that. The part you have covered with carbon fiber above the main door panel is what I was referring to, but after looking at my car it is a separate piece just like yours.

Yes, those are the stock upper door panels. Just so we are all on the same page, those panels are covered with a 3M product called Di-NOC. Which has a texture and pattern that mimics Carbon Fiber. I just don't want anyone to be mislead.

DanTwoLakes 05-30-2011 04:55 AM

Yes, I understood that you used something different on that part. Isn't it 3-M Ni-Doc and not Di-Noc?


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