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Old 11-16-2004, 10:16 PM   #1
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Door Panel Insert How-To

I am going to post how I moded my door panel inserts. Quite afew focus owners have asked and I finally got around to taking pics this weekend. Well, Here it goes.

Step 1: Gather your equipment. You will need the material you want to use, a dremel rotary tool with cutting wheels, a staple gun, a utillity knife and some patience.

Step 2: Remove the door panel. There are plenty of spots to find good info on doing this. (pic #1)

Step 3: Removing the Panel. You use the Dremel cutting wheel to cut the panel out from behind as shown in the second and third pics. Use the utillity knife to slip between the pieces you cut and slice through the vinyl. This way it will not pull away from the door panel when you remove the trim section. This is VERY important. If your not careful you Will quickly ruin your door panel. Then if is time to learn to fiberglass or shell out $200 for a new panel.

Step 4: Cover the panel. Lay the panel on the fabric you want to use. Using the staple gun, secure the fabric to the panel. Start on one side in the middle. Go along that side stretching the fabric gently and stapling ever2-3 inches alternating sides of the first staple. (Image 4)


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Old 11-16-2004, 10:24 PM   #2
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Pics 1 & 2

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Old 11-16-2004, 10:25 PM   #3
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Pics 3 Through 5

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Old 11-16-2004, 10:29 PM   #4
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Next Steps

Step 5: Securing the Panel. Next, clean up the edges of the door and panel. Reinsert the door trim into the door panel. Making sure to keep the pices together, staple the pice in. Ensure the staples straddle the line as in pic 6.

Step 6: Enjoy! Reinstall the door panel and enjoy the adoration of your friends and fellow focus owners!
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Old 11-16-2004, 10:34 PM   #5
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A few thoughts...

This is a more drastic approach. It may not be for everyone. But, if you take your time and be patient it yields great looking results. You can also use some spray glue on the material. I didnt. I was not sure I would stay with my color choice.

Also, I know it looks very frankenstein from the back, but it holds up and no one sees the back. You could also epoxy the panel in, but if you do that you wont be removing it anytime soon.
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Old 11-17-2004, 09:56 PM   #6
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The "Easy" Way

I tried the credit card... and the butter knife... and some other tools loaned out from some interior shops...

Simple fact of the matter is my material was too thick and rigid. Not my thoughts but the thoughts of professionals who do this every day. Believe me, I tried the other way. Just didnt work for me. I would rather not have this turn into a debate over how to do it or ANOTHER post on another way.

Lets just limit it to heaping praise upon me for helping! And yes, your welcome!
*just joking around for those impaired senses of humor*
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Old 11-18-2004, 07:11 AM   #7
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I like it. I am gonna make this a sticky and lock it. Good write up and keep up the good work.
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Old 02-15-2005, 11:49 PM   #8
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looks good! great info -
 
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i did the credit card, has held up for over a year
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it looks good man i will give it a try thanks
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