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Old 09-30-2012, 01:07 AM   #1
EnderDragoon
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Default Sun rotted door panel repairs.

Anyone that has lived in Arizona for any length of time knows how ruthless the sun here is. My door panels have rotted away in the sun and need attention. My question is if there is a way to replace the top 2-5 inches of the panel with vinyl/suede/alcantara that will hold up better in the sun. The problem I see is with the seem between the 2 materials as on the 97 legacy outback the door panel is a single piece all the way down, unlike the impreza door panels. Are there any panels that have this partition that would fit into the legacy?

I understand that my only real options is to replace them but within a few years they will have rotted again and I need more permanent options other than moving to Canada.


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Old 09-30-2012, 06:07 AM   #2
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Replace or recover.. interior shops can point you in the right direction i'm sure. Then i'd tint it 20% all around.. or 5% on the back windows depending on how much night driving you do. Good luck though, that sun is crazy bad. Luckily we only see it a few months a year up here, lol..
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:20 AM   #3
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Tinting would block out more UV but wouldn't that heat up the car more in the sun?
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:23 PM   #4
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It actually keeps the car cooler on hot days. One of my vehicles has 20% all around and the other untinted and i much prefer the window tint on hot days, you can barely feel the suns heat through the tint. Do a google search for more happy tint customers, you'll like it i'm sure. The downsides being it attracts some police attention if you're darker than legal, and night visibility is reduced. Good luck!
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:40 PM   #5
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The material that you tint with matters as well. The top of the line 3M stuff will block out more heat than your cheap street corner tint shop stuff.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:58 AM   #6
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As a test with my truck i bought the black magic brand 20% tint from Wal Mart and it blocks as much heat as my pro installed 20% on my STi...just sayin. I plan on removing the windows to redo it properly though, the windows must be spotless before installing, and it was my first time. Still turned out ok. Price was like 12 bucks for a roll that does 2 side windows, plus their application fluid(soap and water) and kit which was under 10 i think.. I recommend at least removing the door panels and watching some youtube videos on how to do it properly
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:37 AM   #7
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cover it with your arms
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