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Old 05-06-2009, 10:01 PM
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My kick panels

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1/4" foam glued to panel. Foam trimmed even with edge of panel.
Black vinyl glued to foam.
2" strip of red vinyl sewed face down to the panel.
Red wrapped around. All glued to back and trimmed.
I had left it at the shop at this point:



After looking at the photo of the kick panel last night I realized I wanted to try putting a top stitch on the bottom and back sides. It looks plain and unfinished in the photo above.

First thing I did at the shop today was stich all the way around the panel.


I like the way it looks like this a lot more. The top of the panel, where the curves and cut outs are and up in the dash and not visible without really trying to see them.

Thoughts? Opinions?

Next time around, I want to do all of the sewing before the vinyl is on the panel board to see how that looks. I hit the limit of my machines arm in the upper right corner of the panel.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:14 AM
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Might just be my computer, but it looks like its blue with orange trim. If it were me. I wouldn't do a lot to your kick panels. Maybe just cover them to go with the rest of your interior. Its not a place you want to be a focal point. That's JMO tho, you need to do them how you want. What color will the rest of your interior be ?
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Might just be my computer, but it looks like its blue with orange trim. If it were me. I wouldn't do a lot to your kick panels. Maybe just cover them to go with the rest of your interior. Its not a place you want to be a focal point. That's JMO tho, you need to do them how you want. What color will the rest of your interior be ?
It is black and lipstick red. My camera isn't so hot at capturing actual colors on vinyl for some reason.

I took the advice of Wantabe and from private conversations and made a second kick panel today. The red/black one was practice. This one is a dark grey vinyl. It will actually go in my truck. I think it is a good improvement. This is my second panel ever. This vinyl is a lot easier to work with. I drew my top-stitch line on with pencil and put a piece of tape 1/2" from my needle to help as a guide. I misjudged the bottom right corner a little. The good thing is the carpet binding will be there to cover it.

The speaker cutout is not being used. I put it there in case someone, or I, wants to add them in the future.

What do you guys think? Feedback and opinions are very much appreciated - good or not good.



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Now that's a nice looking job, much better than the first one.
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Here's something you might try. It works for me. Because i don't have much experience. I started with tape on my machine, just like you. It works but i found out its very hard to watch your tape line and the machine sewing at the same time. So i started to mark my material. It has been working for me. Now i can sew a perfect line. I can watch my sew line and watch everything at the same time. Takes longer, but the results are worth your time. I use Fisher pin like Dan recommends. So its easy to wipe off after sewing. Yes this one looks much better then the first one. Good job....
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I just ordered five of the Fisher R80SL pens Dan recommends. I had used pencil on this panel. It was hard to see. Thanks for the comments!
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