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Greetings all.

 

im shopping for replacements door cards. Not the vinyl skin upholstery but the card material that the skin is adhered to.  Seems there are several options (metal, wood, plastic and close to oem). 

 

1. Metal.(seen at IE website http://www.iemotorsport.com/bmw/item/02drcrd.html 

2. Plastic ( various vendors and a group buy underway). 

 

https://www.condorspeedshop.com/products/black-abs-plastic-door-cards-2002-coupe?variant=37092849025

 

3. wood ( seen at aardvark). 

https://www.2002parts.com/bmw/door-panel-kit.html

 

4. Close to oem

http://www.worlduph.com/bmw/classic/e10/door_panel/#*

 

I’m  inclined to go seek out plastic or composite ones ... seeking options and opinions. 

 

Thanks

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If you have a sabre saw or a roto-zip, you can make your own from thin (3/16 ) plywood, using the old ones (with the vinyl removed) as a pattern.  Staple the vinyl upholstery to the new backing with a staple gun loaded with short, upholstery-type staples.  Not a difficult job if you have the power tools.

 

mike

 

 

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2 hours ago, mike said:

3/16 ) plywood,

Wood swells and will eventually rot. However,  I'm not opposed to that approach and has the added benefit of being able to use a staple gun. How would you even secure the vinyl to plastic or metal? Glue?

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If you are looking for the longest lasting, toughest stuff you could use, then think about getting some HDPE sheet.  It can be had in .060, and .125 thickness.  Thermally stable, and lasts forever, although it doesn't take adhesives well.

 

You can get all types of adhesives to bond vinyl to metal and wood.  3M 90 adhesives is a good option.  Look around to see what upholsterers are using.

 

Jose

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for the standard thickness wood/masonite panels you need 1/8 staples, anything longer will punch through...and i'v never had any luck finding 1/8 inch and and affordable gun to shoot them

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I just used old school contact cement. Brush on to both surfaces, leave to go tacky and then press into place. Did a few inches at a time around the edges and the clamped with some of the many bulldog clips I bought for headliner replacement (and then founds loads of other small clamping jobs for).

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This stuff is made specifically for door panels.https://keystonbros.com/auto/auto-supplies-tools/panel-board/black-waterproof-32x48-panel-board-standard-size.html It's called "water proof" but I'd call it more water "resistant." It doesn't swell up if wet, but you don't want to go nutty getting water on it either. If you get plywood, you can source marine grade which is water resistant. Both will accept staples fine, and a nice thing about the panel board is you can sew directly to it if you have an industrial sewing machine.

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Adawill2002,

 

When you say aluminum tape, do you mean like what's used in HVAC ducting?  Pretty cool idea.  How did you polish it up afterwards, and can you take some close up photos?  I may steal your idea and try this.

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Just now, Tdh said:

Adawill2002,

 

When you say aluminum tape, do you mean like what's used in HVAC ducting?  Pretty cool idea.  How did you polish it up afterwards, and can you take some close up photos?  I may steal your idea and try this.

 

Got the how too from Danco on page 5, https://www.bmw2002faq.com/forums/topic/177131-new-project-1973-malaga-tii-yoncé/?page=5

 

Yes, HVAC Aluminum tape.

 

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The best thing you can do for your new door cards is make sure the plastic sheet is in place that sticks to the door! The doors are designed to have water pass thru them. Also clean out the bottom of the doors and make sure the holes in the bottom of your doors are free of debris. Looks great by the way!

 

Here is a picture of the plastic. I just replaced it yesterday. Can’t believe it was still the original from 1975. 

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On 3/16/2018 at 4:12 PM, Jbaumshelter said:

The best thing you can do for your new door cards is make sure the plastic sheet is in place that sticks to the door! The doors are designed to have water pass thru them. Also clean out the bottom of the doors and make sure the holes in the bottom of your doors are free of debris. Looks great by the way!

 

Here is a picture of the plastic. I just replaced it yesterday. Can’t believe it was still the original from 1975. imageproxy.php?img=&key=c723ef59fd17d18f

E4A93D60-830F-4917-A2C0-E541FB871549.jpeg

 I have always wondered, what is the purpose of the springs surrounding the window cranks?

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