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Old 03-30-2006, 04:50 PM
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How do you layer panels on door panels

I have seen members using everything from plastic panels to 1/8th" paneling, plywood or masonite to make their own door panels and some are cutting out shapes, upholstering the shapes in different fabric and colors and fastening them on top of the larger door panel. How is this done and how are they fastening the shapes?

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How do you layer panels on door panels

This link will take you to more links on door panel upholstery. The shapes are attached to the under panel with panel clips.

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Asembly of multiple piece door panels.

I have read everything attached to the response from Home Brew. Thank you. My question is still how do you assemble the multiple piece panels.

KristKustoms said in another link:[ January 30, 2003: Message edited by: kristkustoms ]</p>

" I would prefer the panels in separate pieces, and attaching them together to form the entire panel. Most of the panels I make are 2,3,4, sometimes 5 pieces. But another upholsterer might want them built differently. "


How do you attach each piece. Do you attach them to a base panel and how are they attached.?

I hope KristKustoms jumps in here.
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How do you layer panels on door panels

You would use panel clips. You drill holes in your panel before the foam and upholstery go on and place a male panel clip in the hole. The male panel clip in the top piece snaps into a hole in the bottom piece. Some panel clips come in two pieces male and female. The female clip would snap into place in a hole in the bottom piece. I hopes this helps explain this. I have also heard of using Velcro which is glued to the panels.
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The goal is to mimic a factory panel. It is comonoly made up of two or more panels each about 1/8" thick. The base panel has all the cutouts for the atachment clips. Place the clips into the base panel then glue the second panel over the first which prevents the clips from falling out. If you just put the clips in one thickness panel they will show through your upholstery.

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Just threw this simple section. It may clear things up a bit. There are alot of ways to do this. Hope this helps.
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People make the panels out of whatever will work. 1/8" plywood is a pretty good all-round material - shapes easily, glues great, cheap, available, etc. Molding is done with closed-cell foam rubber. Here are some shots of the job I did on my '53 Chevy pickup. I also made a solid headliner from fiberglas like this. It pretty much comes down to being creative and using whatever will get the job done.
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