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Old 05-28-2005, 01:16 PM
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To reskin or not to reskin

This is the question. I have a 72 Camaro and I need to either replace the doors or reskin the doors. How hard is it to reskin a door? Would I be better off just replacing them? They have quite a bit of rust along the bottom.
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Depends on how bad the inside of the door is. Replacing a skin isn't too bad. Haven't done it in awhile, but think you basically drill out spotwelds and chisel it off, and glue the new skin on with panel adhesive and bend the flange over. here ya go
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Skin the doors, Mark the door hinge locations or pull the hinge pins then pull the doors off the car, grind through the edge of the fold all the way around the perimeter, drill any spotwelds up near the top and remove the old skin. Spot grind the welds on the remainder of the flange and remove the remainder of the skin. Sandblast the doorshell frame to remove any corrosion then prime with epoxy. Fit the frame back on the door and testfit the new skin marking it's proper location. Deliver the shell frame and skin to a knowledgeable bodyshop and have them install the skin for you. You've done the majority of the work so paying someone to spend 20 minutes installing the skin shouldn't be very expensive. Use adhesive. Hammering on a doorskin sounds easy enough but usually the inexperienced will do a lot of damage in the process. Once the skin is installed remove the e-coating/primer from the flange area with a 3M clean and strip disc- (the primer now has fractures from the bending process). Epoxy prime then seamseal with a good urethane seamsealer 3M's Ultrapro MSP is what I prefer. The finished product will be ten times better than factory new (corrosion resistant) especially if you prime and seal the inside of the door. Used doors are a gamble- there is always rust in the seams. Good time to rebuild your door hinges.
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