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Old 07-18-2003, 09:58 AM
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Question Steel door panels

I've seen alot of posts about door panels lately so I guess I'll add one more. I'm building a '46 Chevy Panel truck and the door panels are steel. They are in perfect shape just need to be painted. I don't know that I really like the all steel painted look for the truck. The inside is going to be charcoal gray carpet and headliner,another question to come about that I'm sure,seats with a red dashboard. In the rear of the truck it will have carpet about 1/3 up the sides with oak and cherry trim to the ceiling, the floor in the rear is oak with red bed strips. Oh, and there will be a center console, lower and upper, of oak. The oak is like a golden oak kinda color. What I was thinking for the door panels is add a little foam,1/4" to 3/8", and cover it with the same color fabric as the headliner. Now can I just spray the adhesive on the steel and do what I'm thinking or do I need to do something else? The way they attach to the doors I can just roll the fabric over the edge and screw them down to hold it in place. So am I on the right track or off in left field someplace?

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Old 07-18-2003, 10:27 AM
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you might scuff the steel with some 36-40 grit to give it a little tooth. use the best glue you can, Kristkustoms is the Man though, He'll know for sure what to do.....
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Old 07-18-2003, 05:40 PM
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Dont know if id consider myself the man, but i try to help when i can. Anyway, exactly like larry said, scuff it. Before you scuff it, use a solvent to remove any wax from the surface, then scuff, then wipe it down again with the solvent (denatured alcohol works well). Then spray the adhesive, apply the material.
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Old 07-18-2003, 06:20 PM
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Cool!! Thanks a bunch folks.
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Old 07-19-2003, 08:38 AM
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I don't understand how you're going to finish off the sides ... you said "I can just roll the fabric over the edge and screw them down" ... you mean on the sides of the door?

I have steel on the inside of my doors, too ... I'm planning on making panels that'll get covered and attached to the door with clips.

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Old 07-19-2003, 09:36 AM
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On my truck the panels that you would normally put on with clips are all steel and get held on the door with screws. They look just like everyday molded panels just steel instead. Thats also the reason I want to use very thin foam so the molding/shaping thats already there will come thru. If I do this right heres a pic of one of the panels. They just need to be cleaned up otherwise they are perfect.
http://hotrodders.com/gallery/showph...sort=1&cat=500

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Old 07-19-2003, 12:10 PM
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Oh! I see now!


Hey -- that rectangular spot would be cool for a pocket ... or a different color panel.

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Old 07-22-2003, 02:19 PM
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all you need is a subscription to custom classic truck magazine. they've had this article in there many times
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