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Old 04-23-2010, 06:26 PM   #1
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Default DIY: Door Card Reupholster to Gray Suede COLOR CHANGE

I know this has been done as a writeup 2 times now but I figure I'd throw mine up so if anything was unclear in mine or the others it could hopefully be answered here or.... in the others. I decided to do a charcoal gray suede do to me buying 05 WRX seats and getting a black carpet, instead of the meshy boy swim shorts look of the WRX panels (admit it... you wore them, maybe still do!) I decided to keep the suede/acantara look and here's how I did it:

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-Phillips Screwdriver
-3m High Strength 90 (Home Depot)
-Goo Gone
-X-Acto knife
-Sharpie
-SHORT Screws (1/4")
-Drill Bits
-Faux Suede with a good backing (Hancock Fabrics)

Cost
-3yds. of faux suede - $8 (use a coupon!! most fabric stores have a 40% off one in the paper)
-Glue - $12
-Screws - $2

TOTAL: $25



Assuming you can and already have removed your door panel, take a peak on the back side and notice the following:



What we want to focus on are these guys:



We are going to want to drill them out BUT not completely... Just enough to get the head off the plastic rivet, if you want you can drill about 1/8" down and then use an x-acto knife to knife away at the head



There's a total of 11 plastic rivets that need drilled and 3 phillips screws that need to be removed, once the heads are removed it will look like this:



Now once you have cleared the heads and screws carefully split the pieces, this may take some force but dont break anything, I found it best to work from one end to the other, if it doesn't want to split that means you havent removed enough of the rivet head. You will then have this:



Next you're going to want to get ahold of a corner of the fabric and start to peel it off, again some force will be needed but you'll be fine =]



Now we have this!!!



You will notice some left over residue from the OEM glue, I took a microfiber rag and some goo gone, this cleaned up to this:



The blue piece of alcantara still has some stickiness to it on the other side so put this on your new fabric to hold the two together so we can trace our new piece:

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Old 04-23-2010, 06:26 PM   #2
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Next you are going to want to use a sharpie to trace the new fabric (no worries the edges won't be shown on the finished product) then cut it out with some fabric scissors:



At this point I got a little carried away and forgot I was doing a write up HOWEVER you are going to want to spray the glue onto the door piece (tape off sections that you don't want glue on) and let it tack up, then apply your new piece of fabric, make sure you are lined up pretty good as this glue can be unforgiving after contact... Tuck it into the corners and smooth it on from one end to the other to prevent air bubbles (pretty much like applying baller JDM stickers...) Once dried enough to handle (5 minutes or so) we want to reapply the two pieces of door panel:



Now here's where it can get dangerous, we need to drill for our new attachment screws HOWEVER we have only about 3/8" before you will be drilling out to the visible side of the panel... Some of them are more forgiving than others, best way to approach this is to look on your own and get some good depth perception, as each of the 11 are more forgiving than others...
CAUTION: To best determine depth, wrap a piece of electrical tape leaving roughly 1/8-1/4" of drillbit exposed, this will allow you to know how deep you have gone, thanks WagonR



Here are my screws in place, if you can find screws with a wider head to secure it do that but these are what I had to work with...



And voila!! New door panel to match my UN-BLUED interior


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Old 04-23-2010, 06:32 PM   #3
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looks good so far
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Old 04-23-2010, 06:33 PM   #4
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me too saved
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Old 04-23-2010, 06:39 PM   #5
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there we go, completed. i figured since i already did 3, might as well attempt to give back to the community with my final panel. hope this helps some folks out there!
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:08 PM   #6
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FYI - when drilling into the panel for the screw holes; you should wrap electrical tape around the drill bit at the depth that you want to stop drilling. This will a) allow you to gauge how far in the drill bit is, and b) provide some safeguard from drilling too deep.
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:12 PM   #7
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FYI - when drilling into the panel for the screw holes; you should wrap electrical tape around the drill bit at the depth that you want to stop drilling. This will a) allow you to gauge how far in the drill bit is, and b) provide some safeguard from drilling too deep.
added, thank you!
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:37 PM   #8
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nice write up
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:18 AM   #9
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very nice
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:19 PM   #10
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recap?!?!?!?
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:59 PM   #11
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What other options do I have minus the screws, because they aren't working.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:03 AM   #12
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Only a couple pics work, I would like to do something like this too.
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find a better screw. Or you drilled the plastic out to much. Refill with something that will take threads like jb or something. You basically drill these melted clips off as if they where rivets. ONLY trying to take the head of the "clip" off so you leave plenty of plastic material to screw back into.

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Old 10-02-2012, 01:14 PM   #14
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I just wanted to comment since no one else has. You should be careful what fabric you use. Some fabric especially microseude isn't UV resistant and will turn an ugly grey if it was originally black. I know Joanne fabrics really doesn't carry uv resistant microseude.
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Any way you can repost the pictures?
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