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Help with unassembled rear door panels

I am attempting to cover the rear panels for my 71 convertible Cutlass Supreme. I purchased the unassembled panels from PUI. I disassembled the originals leaving the back board and the fiberglass top that hangs the panel. I have laid the vinyl in place aligning the sides and bottom tacking it in place with adhesive. I am having trouble stretching the vinyl where it curves up above the rear seat. There are a few wrinkles where the two surfaces transition. Any tricks to tighten this up?

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Old 12-06-2011, 07:59 AM
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Stretching vinyl......

Hi,i have used a hair drier,works most of the time...
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If you can't pull the wrinkles out by pulling the vinyl to the rear, or if it is already glued down and you can't get it loose, there are two options. One is a steamer, and the other is an industrial heat gun. The heat gun would be your best bet. Wave the heat gun back and forth for a few seconds about 3 to 4 inches above the vinyl, take the heat gun away and smooth it with your hand. Keep doing that until the wrinkles disappear. Do NOT get too close to the vinyl, or heat the vinyl too long, especially with white vinyl. If you do, you can melt it or discolor it. The black gun is a Steinel SV-803 which sells for about $60. Heat guns like the red one are available from places like Harbor Freight for about $40. You can try a hair dryer, but they don't get anywhere near as hot as an industrial heat gun.
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Thank you both. The hair dryer worked great. It softened the vinyl enough for me to be able to strech out the wrinkles. Thanks!
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