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Old 03-21-2007, 06:17 PM
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panel clips

My old PU had the pressboard door panels and buttons with wire on them that push throu the panels and attach to the door. The buttons were 5" apart and there are 30 per panel. The reason for so many,I think, had a lot to do with keeping the board straight because of possible warpage.

Anyway I'd like to replace the panels and have patterns made out of two layers of 2 mil pvc board. What I would like to know is what type of clips to use... There seems to be two schools of thought the wire spring type clips ... and the plastic christmas tree types. What are you guys opinions of both -- good and bad, and how far apart do each style clip need to be?
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I have used both and like them both, The steel spring style are better for longevity though and if you have to take off the panel for any reason the steel will last longer and not apt to break like the plastic ones do. you can also us scotch loc if you have enough steel on the inside of the door for them to attach..
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What's scotch loc?
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The spring steel ones will last almost forever, the christmas tree plastic ones will be useless after two or so removals. Both types are manufactured by Au-ve-co.

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I just made the same type panels for the '34 coupe. They work out great. I'm not an upholstry guy. All of the info to do the door panels came from this board. Thanks Krist Kustoms, DanTwoLakes and all the others from the door panel threads.
I like the steel wire ones that are offset. It gets the hole in the panel away from the edge.
The little black piece in the 1st pic has a 5/8" offset clip in it. The other pic is clear plastic (Home Cheapo drop cloth)that was used for pattern. You can see through it to mark the holes. Have a good one,Smokey
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I like Au-ve-co #10780 offset clips. There are two sizes of offset clips, #10780 is the longer of the two. The shorter ones are #2385. That's what it looks like Yekoms used. You have to position the 7/16" or 1/2" holes for the clips 5/8" further in from the edges of the panel, and then you put the clips in after the panel is upholstered. Then they're not in the way when you're working on the front side of the panel, and they can be turned a little to more easily match up with the holes in the door itself. If you have to take the panels off, use a proper tool and be very careful because 2 mil pvc foam board (less than 1/8" thick) could be damaged easily if you get rough with the removal process. Doubling up on the 2 mil is a good idea, but don't glue right around the clip holes so they slide in and adjust easily. The 3M 08090 contact adhesive is a good choice (NOT 3M 74 or 77) , as is DAP top and trim adhesive. Also, in a spray can, Performance high temp trim adhesive works well for door panels and is reasonably priced.

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