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Old August 23rd, 2008, 09:29 AM
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Refinishing Interior Door Panels

Does anyone have any experince refinishing the plastic interior door panels on a soft top D-90?

I was considering using fiber glass to repair some of the cracks and then re-finishing them with some sort of liner/spray. My current ones are scratched, cracked and faded.

Spending $800 on new panels is our of the questions and the iron goat ones dont seem to be able to accomodate the correct speakers size.
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 05:53 PM
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I've thought of using some A+B putty to build up around the screw holes and embedding some metal for reinforcement at the holes. You'd have to paint to match or something. I haven't had the time to play around with it though.
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 06:13 PM
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I repaired some of my cracks using mesh and epoxy, worked great.

Never tried to re-paint or anything.
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Old August 24th, 2008, 04:32 PM
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It looks like rovers north has them now for 499 for the pair. Look like original.
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Old August 24th, 2008, 09:10 PM
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It looks like rovers north has them now for 499 for the pair. Look like original.
According to ECR, those aren't the originals.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...93&postcount=7

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...6&postcount=41
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Old August 26th, 2008, 06:07 PM
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Door panels are almost done. A couple of finer fitting details to work out and then we'll be in production! No speaker holes will be cut. Initial run will be for 50 pairs.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 06:15 PM
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Now how about some matching ones for the back doors on early 110's?
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Old August 26th, 2008, 06:24 PM
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Anything is possible I suppose. We're working on the 4th set of prototypes at the moment to get them right for the front. It's not as easy as you'd think. Once we get some real world feedback on these - who knows what we can do!
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Old August 26th, 2008, 08:16 PM
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Oh, I'm sure its not easy!
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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:33 PM
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why no speaker holes?
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Kinda better that way IMO because some people may want to use different sized speakers. You can always cut 'em yourself.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 12:56 AM
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Precisely!
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Old August 27th, 2008, 09:38 AM
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they do look nice. love that they are for a 94.
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Those look great! Have you thought about doubling up the plastic around the screw holes? Or somehow integrating a thin piece of metal backing so we don't tear up the holes like we all did on the last door cards.
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Door panels are almost done. A couple of finer fitting details to work out and then we'll be in production! No speaker holes will be cut. Initial run will be for 50 pairs.
Got a ballpark figure on cost or is that more a market driven thing?
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Those look great! Have you thought about doubling up the plastic around the screw holes? Or somehow integrating a thin piece of metal backing so we don't tear up the holes like we all did on the last door cards.
Yes, because of the way the original panels were extruded, the plastic around the holes got very thin. We have made the area around the holes a little larger and have kept the strength. These are also made with a thicker material to start with.

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Got a ballpark figure on cost or is that more a market driven thing?
Assuming everything stays on track, $400 per pair plus shipping.
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Old August 28th, 2008, 12:36 PM
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You can weld (melt) the inside back together with an plastic welding iron (or anything hot enought to do it). I wouldn't weld on the outside though, and don't even think about using a flame :-)

Has anyone seen aluminum checker plate panels? It seems like that would be more rugged.
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Old September 21st, 2008, 12:49 PM
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You can weld (melt) the inside back together with an plastic welding iron (or anything hot enought to do it). I wouldn't weld on the outside though, and don't even think about using a flame :-)

Has anyone seen aluminum checker plate panels? It seems like that would be more rugged.
Yeah, that's my plan, will need to pick up a folder and Tig once I get moved into the new place and see what I can come up with, probably for the dash as well considering I need to do the RHD->LHD conversion anyway. (Though just black powder coated smooth Alu is also an option with strengthening ridges on the back.
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Door panels are almost done. A couple of finer fitting details to work out and then we'll be in production! No speaker holes will be cut. Initial run will be for 50 pairs.
Any chance of adding the pockets so those in the 94 crowd can store maps or docments there like the 97's?

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The 94 door panels are finally ready for production! D90 Forum gets em first! Please let me know if you want a pair. I'll post them in the for sale section.

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Any chance of adding the pockets so those in the 94 crowd can store maps or docments there like the 97's?

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Unfortunately not. I purchased a pair of mesh pockets off ebay a couple of years ago for my own truck and they're great. I'll see if I can find the info.
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