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jjack010 02-04-2012 05:33 PM

My first interior project.......your input is welcomed
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So I have decided to start the interior refresh on my 88 Chevy. I've spent too much time under the hood and I'm due a break from grease and hot headers. :D As the title says.......this is my first interior project, well kinda. I have replaced door panels, seats, carpet, etc. I decided to start with the door panels. DISCLAIMER: I'm not a professional upholster. But, I want to do this on a budget and I don't get mad when I screw something up. So before I pay someone $$$$$ and possibly end up with something I'm not happy with, here I go :thumbup:

jjack010 02-04-2012 05:40 PM

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I cleaned up the door panel and inserts and removed the old material. Next I applied adhesion promoter and paint to the panel. Then I covered the inserts with the material. Then I painted the covered inserts. I considered leaving the inserts black, but I like the 2 tone grey better. I need some help on covering the bottom part of the door panel with the ponderosa material. Any help?

jjack010 02-04-2012 06:34 PM

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Here is the covered and painted inserts.

DanTwoLakes 02-05-2012 07:52 AM

So far , so good. What is "Ponderosa material"? It looks like the original panels had carpet glued to them, have you thought about doing them that way? Also, does the little vent area on the bottom come off the door panel?

jjack010 02-05-2012 01:05 PM

Ponderosa is the style of material I got. Since this is my first custom job, my goal is to keep this custom, yet conservative, and inexpensive. I went to hobby lobby and they had black vinyl, but I passed. I found this "ponderosa" pattern which resembles distressed black leather hyde. I'm not 100% what the actual material is. $10/yd so I moved on it. I'm happy with it, I'll just have to see how durable it will be.

There was carpet on the lower part of the door panel. I'm not sure if I pulled off the original carpet or not, regardless it was an eye sore. I'm going to cover it with the material that I have in order to conserve funds. I'm going to see what it looks like black. If it's too much of a contrast, I'll paint it charcoal gray, like the upper inserts.

I just ordered the original Silverado emblems off ebay. It's only an 88 and they were a challenge to find. I can't seem to find the pull strap so I will modify some universal ones.

jjack010 02-05-2012 06:51 PM

:confused: Ok, so the universal door handle straps won't work. I'll be checking the junk yards tomorrow. I got the fabric on the lower door panel. Quite a pita, as I expected. I have a few air pockets, maybe from too little adhesive in those areas. I have some weight on those areas now. If that doesn't cure it I was thinking of injecting some contact cement in the problem areas. Any other idea's?

DanTwoLakes 02-05-2012 08:38 PM

No, you can't inject glue after the fact and expect it to correct your first mistake. You got ahead of yourself and hopefully learned a valuable lesson. To get a smooth finished product, you needed to have a smooth base to glue your fabric to. Gluing the fabric right over the area the carpet was in, without making the area completely smooth was not going to work. That's why I asked you if putting carpet back in the place where there was carpet originally was an option. That would have been the best and simplest option. Now you need to start over in that same area, and have a smooth area to glue your fabric to.

jjack010 02-05-2012 10:06 PM

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During prep, I got a lot of the carpet goo off, but not all. I tried goo gone and it did ok, but not great. The glue was dried on hard. What will take it off? Adhesive remover? I'm still working on a few problem areas but overall I'm pretty satisfied. I'm definitely learning and having fun doing it.

Qwerty27807 02-06-2012 12:07 AM

A "splash" color in the section where the speaker hole to under the armrest is would be a nice touch, and move more towards the "custom, yet conservative" look.

What color is the truck paint?

DanTwoLakes 02-06-2012 06:58 AM


Originally Posted by jjack010
During prep, I got a lot of the carpet goo off, but not all. I tried goo gone and it did ok, but not great. The glue was dried on hard. What will take it off? Adhesive remover? I'm still working on a few problem areas but overall I'm pretty satisfied. I'm definitely learning and having fun doing it.

Mineral spirits or Zylol will take it off if it is a contact adhesive. It will take a while to work.

jjack010 02-06-2012 09:52 AM

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Ok. The truck is blue, I've attached a photo. I want to stay away from anything "flashy." I like the sheme I've come up with. Now I'm waiting for a inner window seal and the Silverado emblem to come in the mail so I can finish it. I'm replacing the speakers while I'm at it. Now if I can just find an assist strap that works............

Qwerty27807 02-06-2012 11:15 AM

I saw a guy that had woven replacement door handles for his Chevy out of paracord once. Reused the original ends to cover the bolts.

It was very nice looking.

nine4gmc 02-06-2012 11:40 AM

Dan, the goo behind that carpet is that hot glue crap GM used in the 80s(like cutlass/regal doors with the carpet across bottom). it looks like tan rubber caulk or something and is a pain to get off without sanding. i have a small air sander/grinder that i use 80 grit pads on to remove the glue residue and rough up the plastic for better contact glue adhesion.

Jack, i will keep an eye out when i hit the yards this week for a pull handle. if i see anything, i will let you know.

jjack010 02-11-2012 07:14 PM

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Well, I'm about 90% finished before I can install. I received the emblem and inner window seal a few days ago and got them installed today. I went to the junk yard today and out of 20 similar trucks, only one had the style door panels with the pull straps. And those were junk. So after waiting a week to see what surfaced, I decided to make some. They won't win me a trophy, but definitely better than nothing. And it cost me nothing! My arrow stapler I bought from the local hardware store is holding up pretty good. I used it to install the inner seal. More importantly, I'm learning a little more everyday. Thanks for the input.

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