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Old 03-30-2008, 03:42 PM   #1
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I am thinking about changing the fabric on my door cards, and after a search, I am more confused than I was before. This is for the '98 LGT, and I found a thread that made me think that I can just pry the door card out, without removing the entire door pannel. Other threads have the entire door pannel removed, but most of them also did speakers at the same time. Found a bunch of threads for other cars, but nada for mine. I will probably also paint the stupid fake wood grain trim, so I have to find out how that comes off as well.

If anyone would be nice enough to tell me how to get those parts off, I would be appreciative.
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Old 03-30-2008, 04:48 PM   #2
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theres a thread that i think wisconmark put together on sli somewhere with pics and a walkthrough for your model. IIRC, you'll need to remove the entire door card, and then remove the piece with the fabric from the card.
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Old 03-30-2008, 05:19 PM   #3
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Thanks, found it. For people searching in the future:

http://sl-i.net/FORUM/viewtopic.php?...ght=door+cards

Edit: Was I allowed to post that link? I can't remember. If not feel free to remove.
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Old 03-30-2008, 08:08 PM   #4
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Why wouldn't you be able to link to SLi?

SLi is being a slow pile of crap right now, but yeah, that's the mod I did.
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Old 03-30-2008, 09:41 PM   #5
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I didn't remember if I was allowed to link to other sites like that. I must be thinking of another site that doesn't like that.

I went to get fabric to do that today, but couldn't find the right fabric. Thought that it would be easy to find, but looks like I will have to find it online and order it. Looks like I will have to wait a week or two to complete this.
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Old 03-31-2008, 03:13 PM   #6
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the legacy forum isn't really moderated. We all watch over it ourselves. Most people here are on SL-i as well. SL-i's DIY section is a great database that NASIOC wouldn't ever give us the space for.
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Old 03-31-2008, 06:48 PM   #7
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Just for reference, the inserts on the 97/98 LGT just unscrew, but you have to take the card off. I redid the inserts on our LGT with some fake black suede. Use the 3M 90 strenght spray glue, lay it down pretty thick, let it setup and get tacky first (otherwise it will bleed through) and then lay down your fabric. It works pretty well. Get several yards of fabric so you can screw up a few times.
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Old 03-31-2008, 07:28 PM   #8
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Just for reference, the inserts on the 97/98 LGT just unscrew, but you have to take the card off. I redid the inserts on our LGT with some fake black suede. Use the 3M 90 strenght spray glue, lay it down pretty thick, let it setup and get tacky first (otherwise it will bleed through) and then lay down your fabric. It works pretty well. Get several yards of fabric so you can screw up a few times.
I did a full leather interior conversion in my 95 back in like 99. It was a kit off ebay. I struggled with the door cards. If the material is thick it can cause problems at angled area of the door card that is near the handle.
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Old 04-01-2008, 03:06 AM   #9
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Thanks for the help, everyone.

I am having troubles finding the material that I want. I am looking for microfiber, or whatever it is called, to match my seats. I have the JDM STI ver4 seats and it has sort of a charcoal colored fabric. I can find light grey and black, but nothing that will match. Anyone know of a great place that will have a color like this?
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:53 AM   #10
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Have you been to Jo Anne's?
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:19 AM   #11
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Have you been to Jo Anne's?
Or pretty much any fabric store like it?
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:26 PM   #12
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Yah, tried Jo Anne's and a bunch of other stores like it. They all have light grey and black, no dark grey or charcoal. They said that they couldn't even order it unless I had a part code for the color I want. :shrug:
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:08 PM   #13
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Can you get a close up pic of the seats and color you want. I can check stores down here for you.

When the three of us get together for that photo shoot I can give it to you or I can come up on a good weeend and give it to you , that is if I can find it. Hell i can mail it to you too....lol
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Wait a second, isn't gig harbor a nice place. Can't you just pay someone to do this all for you?
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:31 AM   #15
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Gig Harbor is alright, but I don't see how living in Gig Harbor has anything to do with paying someone to this for me. It isn't a custom fabrication of a new exhaust or anything, I think I can handle it myself.
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Old 04-02-2008, 12:32 PM   #16
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Wait a second, isn't gig harbor a nice place. Can't you just pay someone to do this all for you?
Pay somebody to find the fabric for him, or install it? It's really easy.

And don't stereotype people on income, it comes off really douchey.
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Old 04-02-2008, 02:55 PM   #17
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You need a big fabric warehouse. If you lived in Portland I could tell you where to go. You need someone who carries industrial and automotive stuff. The Jo Anne type places only have things that you make clothing out of etc. Also try places that carry furniture fabrics.
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:59 PM   #18
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I may have found something. I ordered a sample of some fabric to see if it is close enough to work. I am still looking, just to make sure I don't find anything better, but my fingers are crossed that the sample will be close.

Anyone know of a big fabric warehouse in the Tacoma area like MeanEditor sugested?

I really thought that this would be easy.
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Old 04-03-2008, 01:38 AM   #19
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Theres a kid on SLi that will cover your door cards with the fabric you want. Not sure what he charges but Sybir and a few others had him do it. Looks like he did a pretty good job.
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Old 04-03-2008, 03:55 AM   #20
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^^^ I saw that thread. He charges $65. I *should* be able to find the fabric and be able to do it myself for around $20 or $30. Maybe he has a place that I can get the fabric though.


Edit: I think I may have found something! I have to wait until the morning, and I will call and see what they have, looks good though.

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Oh man, it was a joke. Of course he should do it himself. I know a few folks from Gig, and they drive porsches (or similar) and wouldn't dare touch the dipstick, let alone a bottle of spray glue.
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By the way, the stuff from Jo annes is rubbish. It is too thick, too week, and too expensive. I tried covering my chevy's door cards in the stuff but it was impossible. You should go to an auto upholstery and see if they can supply a little fabric for you.
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Old 04-03-2008, 03:32 PM   #23
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I found exactly what I want! Exact color, great quality, everything. I called them up and the guy was really helpful. He told me what the right fabric was for my application and helped me get the right color. Except it was $120 a yard. He did have some that was $85, but it wasn't as good of quality. Yah, nevermind.

I also found some stuff that was fairly close to what I was looking for and it was $10 a yard. Good enough for me! Sent in the order just a little while ago. At least I found something. Now, I wait for it to arrive.

I will keep everyone informed, and I will post pictures when complete.
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By the way, the stuff from Jo annes is rubbish. It is too thick, too week, and too expensive. I tried covering my chevy's door cards in the stuff but it was impossible. You should go to an auto upholstery and see if they can supply a little fabric for you.
That sounds a little like a generic statement. JoAnne's carries so many different types and grades of fabric, I find it hard to believe that everything there was thin and weak.
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well its generic because they only carry one kind of stuff that could possibly work for this application. Besides it wasn't too thin, it was too thick to conform to the panel. It's true purpose is couch upholstery, table cloth, and stuff that doesn't really require tight bends and 3d shapes without seams.
perhaps,of course, you like purple fuzzy faux fur or leather "imprinted" vinyl. I just like the plain old smooth vinyl, so maybe you are right there are plenty of choices, but just one that I would choose because it is similar to what the pros use..
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