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Recovering kick and door panels

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Ralph Bell
Martinez, California, USA   usa
1979 MG MGB

I've been thinking of this for a while. I want to use my old kick panels, door panels, and the flat pieces behind the seats (on each side) to use as a pattern and buy new 1/8 inch masonite type of material and new vinyl...then cover them myself. The flat panels look easy, but I'm afraid the doors are too complicated as they have heat welded seams to make them look fancy. Have any of you done this? Should I just look for already covered door panels and attempt to do only the flat panels? Also, it seems like the fiberboard type material is pretty similar to common masonite. Would that be OK to use? Any advice would be appreciated.

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Carl W. French
alfred, Maine, USA   usa

I used Luan Plywood.



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Ralph Bell
Martinez, California, USA   usa
1979 MG MGB

Hey Carl,

Did you do the doors also? Any pictures to inspire?

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Carl W. French
alfred, Maine, USA   usa

Mind you, this was for the 67 and was much easier than the later door cards. I had good vinyl but the cardboard had wrinkled up so I used the good other side as a template. I do not have any pics from then (pre digital).



Carl W. French
Alfred, Maine
Southern Maine LBC welfare shelter
67B will be in our will
73BGT Daily driver
73BGT Wife's car
Many more that change often

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Larry Adams
Atlanta, GA, USA   usa
1967 MG MGB GT "Jose The GT"
1969 MG MGB "Raggedy (Ann) Roadster"

What Carl said, use the lauan ply, not masonite. I've tried both. Masonite doesn't like staples, and it doesn't breathe well, which is great if you want a vapor barrier, but in this case you don't.

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Brian Marshall
Plesanton, CA, USA   usa
1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite
1962 Chevrolet c10 "Grandpa's Truck"
1974 MG MGB "KAMGB"
1978 Triumph TR8
1997 Ford Probe GT

I just used a grain type ABS plastic and put a finish trim made of rubber around the panels where you see them, Its availible at Tap plastics and bends easy with a heat gun and a pipe for a mould, easy to cut, weather proof , I did have a squeek that was caused by too small of a screw hole...drilled it out a bit and its fine, very rugged stuff and the door panels I actually used 2 sided tape on in a few spots, no screws showing, the arm rests and hardware holds it really firm

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Drake Myers
Danville Va, USA   usa

what kind of staples do you guys use?

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Peter Cummins
Lansing,MI, USA   usa

I used luan plywood this time. Used masonite twice in the past in Florida and the humidity alone started to warp the panels. I think my wife still has how she sewed the panels on her website. This time around I used tan vinyl and darker tan microfiber suede. Just use 1/4 T-50 staples and contact cement. When choosing vinyl do not get the type that has a white fuzzy backing. Contact cement will melt thru that vinyl. Don't ask. I also put polyurethane on the luan for additional waterproofing.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2008-02-17 07:33 AM by comart45.

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Drake Myers
Danville Va, USA   usa

i'll say it again. that is one good looking pillow dash.

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Bill Kiger
Thomasville, NC, USA   usa
1971 MG MGB
1972 MG MGB
1973 MG MGB
1974 MG MGB GT
1974 MG MGB GT

gooser Wrote:
Quote: what kind of staples do you guys use?

stainless steel is the best to use if you can find them in your area, there not cheap.
Bill

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Larry Adams
Atlanta, GA, USA   usa
1967 MG MGB GT "Jose The GT"
1969 MG MGB "Raggedy (Ann) Roadster"

Monel staples. 2/3 nickel, 1/3 copper. Completely rust free, unlike stainless.

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Jeff Schlemmer
Minnesota, USA   usa
1950 Willys Jeep Pickup "Ratrod"
1955 Chevrolet Thriftmaster
1958 MG magnette
1971 MG MGB "POS"
1973 MG Midget MkII   → more

3M makes a spray adhesive that works great to avoid using staples altogether. I think its listed as a convertible top or vinyl roof adhesive. Its foam-safe and pretty much permanent. Spray both pieces (backer and vinyl), let it dry, then stretch it into place and you have a great tight, permanent fit.



jeff@advanceddistributors.com

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George Heissenberger
Victor, New York, USA   usa
1973 MG MGB MkIII "OUR MG- The Old Girl"
2006 Mini Cooper "Greta's Mini"
2014 BMW MINI Countryman "Little Red"

My wife recovered our door panels and it was easy- we used masonite under black leather.



"OUR MG" Glacier White 1973 MGB, owned since 1983. Factory hardtop. Member MG Car Club Western New York Centre
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Drake Myers
Danville Va, USA   usa

jeff, that sounds interesting.

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Jeff Schlemmer
Minnesota, USA   usa
1950 Willys Jeep Pickup "Ratrod"
1955 Chevrolet Thriftmaster
1958 MG magnette
1971 MG MGB "POS"
1973 MG Midget MkII   → more

That's how most custom panels are made.
3M Super Trim Adhesive #08090. Its a "lace-like" spray - high heat resistance, high strength. Apply 3+ coats on both surfaces and let dry 5 minutes. Then you have up to an hour to position the material before the glue sets permanantly. Leave the face unglued and glue the back edges only for best results.



jeff@advanceddistributors.com

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