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01-22-2005 09:20 AM The one thing in the world I am the foremost authority in is my opinion!
01-21-2005 11:52 PM
mmartin1872 thats the website that i was looking for... I think you suggested it to somebody else on this site in the past month or two, because a lot of the links are already pressed on my computer.. Thanks for all the help, it seems everytime i have a question you have the answer.

Again thanks

01-21-2005 11:22 PM Yes, that 3M90 adhesive will stick to anything permanently! Call these guys, ask for Jason, tell him Jeff Jones from Bakersfield referred you. I have been dealing with them a bunch in the past couple of months. Either the Illusion (that is what I used on my truck - great stuff but limited color selection) or Whisper faux leather (a bunch more color selection) should do the trick on your panels. You need to see the softness of this stuff to believe it. This adhesive is equivalent to the 3M90 and is way cheaper. Order a couple of cans if you order material from them.

Best thing to do would be order some sample swatches of material to see what will go best with your interior scheme.

I am 100% sure you can get those panels looking better than factory original.
01-21-2005 10:22 PM
mmartin1872 thanks for the link I wasn't sure if the vinyl would conform to that many curves.. is it ok to use that glue, to glue vinyl to vinyl though (wow what a tongue twister)? because that stuff that you said was plastic is actually vinyl that was vacuumed to the foam. with a cardboard type backing. i guess worst that will happen is it doesnt work and i cut all the old stuff off with a knife/razor blade and lay down new foam and vinyl, then possibly inlay a tbird logo or something to make the panel not so flat
01-21-2005 09:12 PM That should be easy to fix, especially if you aren't concerned about not being a 100 point concourse car. First, epoxy the cracks w/ JB weld and sand smooth. Don't worry that the texture isn't matched, just get everything the same level and smooth. Then, use this process to apply a layer of quality vinyl upholstery to restore the surface to show quality. Get one of the new faux leather vinyls which are as pliable as any cloth and it will lay on and conform very easily to that corrugated surface. You can leave off the closed cell foam base layer and just glue the vinyl to the plastic. Just be sure to lay the vinyl beginning at one end and form it progressively into the lows and over the highs. Don't stretch the vinyl into the lows or it will tend to pull out of them.
01-21-2005 08:12 PM
door upholstery question (re vacuum formed doors)

My 64 thunderbird is coming along great... I found a new rear 1/4 window motor from Canada so i don't have to worry about getting that anymore. My floor boards are just about finished, my new carpet is sitting around getting ready to be installed. New digital gauges are just about done (hopefully Monday or Tuesday) Now its onto getting the locks and handles shaved, antenna "frenched" (i don't think thats the right word but its the one i'm gonna use), and the slow tedious work of redoing the interior.

Now onto my question My 64 tbirds front 2 door panels are in decent shape, but not great.

I can defiantly save them by reinforcing there backs with fiberglass, building up the lips again with some glass, installing new door carpet (i already have) reupholstering the center section where the door "leaner" is (the part that you can rest your arm on when your driving (i don't know its proper name)) but the top of the panels have some cracking in them and they are vacuum formed supposedly
see up by the lock plunger hole. I'm not too worried about staying stock as you could tell by all the mods i'm in the process of doing. What are my choices for reupholstering/repairing this section. I was thinking of using a razor knife and cutting out the vacuum formed section and then putting new foam down that was flat, and just laying some new vinyl on it, possibly filling the grooves with some sort of bondo, spray foam or fiberglass and then reupholstering. or if there was some sort of vinyl repair stuff that once the panel was redyed would disappear (i don't know if this type of thing exists though.) Any other ideas from you guys on how i could fix these cracks. there is one or two on both panels and the one in the picture is the worst. I tried to do a search but really didn't know what to search for, so i was kind of lost

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