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Old 10-23-2007, 11:29 PM   #1
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Default Door Card Upholstering 101

Instead of buying "blue" STI door cards to match the JDM seats i got.... I decided to re-upholster them myself. Here is a basic step by step of my project.

1: After removing the panel from the door, take apart the door card (arm rest and top of panel) by removing the plastic rivets on the back of the card. i used a battery drill with a 3/8 drill bit to drill them off.

2: Start removing the fabric by just pulling it off. With the fabric removed there will be some left over padding.

3: After removing the fabric, there will be some padding left over. I used some Brake cleaner i had sitting around to remove the padding. Soak the padding......let it sit for 2-3 minutes.....wipe it off with a rag!

4: Next i used the old fabric (both pieces) as a template to cut my new padding.

5: To install the padding, i used 3M Tack Spray i bought from the local hardware store. Basically just spray on a nice coat of glue to the fabric area.....!not too heavy!.... and then lay down your precut piece of padding.

6: trim the padding as necessary

7: Let the padding set-up for a couple of minutes
8: Now its time to install the actual fabric. Again, pre-cut your fabric to minimize trimming. Apply another coat of tack spray on top of the padding....!not to thick!!.... or it will bleed through the fabric. Apply fabric on top of padding and smooth out wrinkles and tucking in where necessary.



9: To finish up, trim any long pieces of material, then spray backside of door card with adhesive and tuck remaining fabric. I used small screws and washers where the plastic rivets were to bring the door card back together.
10: Here is the finished product...........1 down, 3 to go!
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:34 PM   #2
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Sweet! Looks Great... You gotta have patience's for that...
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Old 10-23-2007, 11:34 PM   #3
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Looks good!
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:51 AM   #4
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wow that is cool.. it must take forever though, or at least for me it would
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:11 AM   #5
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Nice job!

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Old 10-24-2007, 12:27 PM   #6
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very nice job. i am about to try this myself soon
why didn't you reuse the factory padding?
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Old 10-24-2007, 12:40 PM   #7
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Good question about the factory padding.

I see a future project for me also.
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Old 10-24-2007, 12:59 PM   #8
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nice thread!

you make it seem so easy

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Old 10-24-2007, 02:38 PM   #9
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Looks good, what kind of fabric is that?
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Old 10-24-2007, 04:23 PM   #10
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well done!
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:17 PM   #11
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i have been waiting for this dyi for so long. thank you for giving me a witer break project.
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:27 PM   #12
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not meaning to bash anyones thread but this is not going to hold for ever and u replace the padding because when you pull the old cloth off some of the padding goes with it.... this glue is not ideal for this project i worked in a upholstry shop for a year and a half and i had to fix things like this all the time it takes a certain glue for the fabric to stick right and hold for ever...also for those diys out there you should put a heavier coat on the paddin and a very light coaton the fabric let it sit for a few mins and then stretch the fabric the glue its self has a curetime it should be tacky to the touch almost dy before aplying the fabric...... other than that it looks good.. and the glue im talking about is available just go ask you local upholstry shop for a baby food jar and paint it on but like i said the glue must be tack before stretching the fabric like i said not trying to be a jerk just some helpful info
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:39 PM   #13
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looks nice! I did mine a few months ago, and it's holding up nice. I used headliner glue, and I've had good luck with it on, well, headliners...
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:55 PM   #14
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Great work!

Now I am super pissed tat I bought the door cards to match my seats.
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:37 PM   #15
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Very nice man Make sure to post up pics when its all done
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:46 PM   #16
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awesome thread
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:39 PM   #17
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this is how you do it!!
never understood the doorcard trading bs
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:50 PM   #18
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you got any pics of the applying adhesive part? i had a hell of a time applying the just right amount.

also my marine quality vinyl(sti blue) didnt take to the glue.

any ideas?
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:40 PM   #19
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Thanks for all the compliments guys....and gals. This is definately a time consuming job!!! After all cards are complete, i'll post some pics.
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:45 PM   #20
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you got any pics of the applying adhesive part? i had a hell of a time applying the just right amount.

also my marine quality vinyl(sti blue) didnt take to the glue.

any ideas?
Didn't take any pics of applying the adhesive, just kinda eyed it up...... Check out fergucustoms post, he mentioned using a special type of glue that upholstery shops use.....maybe try that.
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:48 PM   #21
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not meaning to bash anyones thread but this is not going to hold for ever and u replace the padding because when you pull the old cloth off some of the padding goes with it.... this glue is not ideal for this project i worked in a upholstry shop for a year and a half and i had to fix things like this all the time it takes a certain glue for the fabric to stick right and hold for ever...also for those diys out there you should put a heavier coat on the paddin and a very light coaton the fabric let it sit for a few mins and then stretch the fabric the glue its self has a curetime it should be tacky to the touch almost dy before aplying the fabric...... other than that it looks good.. and the glue im talking about is available just go ask you local upholstry shop for a baby food jar and paint it on but like i said the glue must be tack before stretching the fabric like i said not trying to be a jerk just some helpful info
thanks for the great info......i'll see how the 3M holds up. If it doesn't.... lesson learned, i'll go to the upholstery shop next time to get the right glue.
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:55 PM   #22
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nice thread!

you make it seem so easy

Jamie
It is fairly easy, but very tedious!!! there is some screaming, yelling and the occasional flying object(tools) that accompanies the process!
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Sorry to dig up an old thread... But is one yard enoigh for all 4 doors and why replace the foam? Can't you reuse it?
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