Re: Upolstery of door panels for the 1950`s

Posted by kevinpackard On 2023/1/6 13:57:31

Whatever the brand name... whatever anyone recommends... anyone with automotive trim shop experience will instantly recognize... it is common contact cement. Every trim shop uses one brand or the other. What my trimmers used to call "gorilla snot" (just slang– not a brand reference since there was no such brand when we were in business). Basically the same stuff– whatever the brand given. Coca-Cola or Pepsi or RC cola.

And like I said... go through all these changes... then park the car a time or two out in 100-degree heat on a summer day. Then watch what happens to all your work... give it a week.

My mission here is to simply share knowledge and experience. I don't post these things just to make up opinions or to debate. I'm just telling you what I have actually seen and experienced having once been involved in ownership of an automotive trim shop. Over several years. And working at the OEM level in the automotive biz.

What the guy does in the video is cute for a video. And even very skillful. But it won't last.

Not debating Leeedy, and I do appreciate your insight. Given your experience, how would you tackle these door panels? Assuming heat embossing is out the window, would you create the patterns by sewing the vinyl to backing foam, then glue that to the panel?

My experience with upholstery is limited to what I've seen on videos, and my own headliner installation (which doesn't translate well to the doors). From what I've seen, sewing the patterns seems to be the only other option. I'm not opposed to doing that if it's the best option. I just wasn't sure if it would look right or not.


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