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#1 Shadow Trix

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 11:16 AM

Hey guys,

This is my how-to on re-upholstering the door inserts.

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I want to warn you guys before hand that once you go through with this mod, the old fabric on the doors will be ruined so if you are trying to sell the car after DO NOT go through with this mod or if you'd like get spare door inserts.

What You'll Need


1. Exacto Knife

2. Scissors

3. (1) Can of 3M Super 77 Adhesive Spray (many people would advise to go with the stronger one...I think it's called 3M Super 90 Adhesive Spray but personally I do not recommend it because it is very wet and can go through the fabric and stain it. The 77 will do fine)

4. Phillips Screw Driver

5. Epoxy

Before You Begin


Please you a mask when using the adhesive spray. This stuff is terrible to be inhaling. Also if you can, do this in a well ventilated area.

Process of Re-Upholstering

1. First you want to start off by taking the door panels off. Go here for a how-to on that.

2. Once you have the door panels off, behind the door inserts you're going to see that it is held together by plastic tabs. You're going to want to cut those plastic tabs with an exacto knife in order to release the door insert.

3. Once you have done that you'll have this (I'm using the rear doors as an example. They are harder to do as well so I thought it would be better to base the how-to on them instead...sorry my door insert is dirty...I had already done this once but the fabric got really dirty over the past two years):

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4. As shown on the image above you're going to want to start with that bottom end going up when upholstering. I decided to use Micro Suede for this. Begin by spraying the 3M spray on the top part and edges. Spray at a fair distance, as you would with a regular spray can. Be generous with it but do not have the glue bubbling up in one place. Once you've sprayed the surface have a piece of fabric cut out to the size of the door insert (just a bit bigger because you're going to want to wrap fabric behind it) and then lay it on top of it. Begin by pressing the edges down and then the actual top surface. Be very patient with it. If you lay it down and it doesn't look perfect you can pull it off and try again with that same fabric. You have time to move it around before the glue dries! Here is what the first part of mine looked like:

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This is what it looks like from the other end:

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5. Now you're going to want to work your way down to where the hole is. Spray the surface and push the fabric down. Make sure you cover the curves well to avoid bubbling in the future. Cover the hole and don't worry about it for now. Here is what it should look like:

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6. Begin spraying the rest of the surface and press the fabric down on it. This part gets tricky. You'll find yourself constantly lifting the fabric and pressing it down again to get it right. You may have to spray and then pull the fabric towards yourself and get it a bit of a stretch to avoid wrinkles in the fabric but believe it me it is possible to have it look close to perfection. Here is a shot:

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7. Once you are done that you're going to want to trim a bit of the fabric around the door. Leave a bit around it so that you can flip the door insert around and spray the back. Once you spray the back pull the extra fabric and glue it to the back. Also now you can take an exacto knife to where that hole is in the door and cut it open. Take the pieces glue to the back as well. This is what your end result should look like:

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8. Now you are going to want to put epoxy around the trim of the door and put the door insert back on it and press it down until it dries. Let the epoxy cure for about two hours before you try to put the door panel back on. Here is what it should look like:

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9. Once you're done that, go ahead and install it back on to the door.

Alright guys hope this helped. If you have any questions please do not PM me. Post your questions here on the forum so I can answer it on here for everyone to see.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:12 PM

Nice write up. Thanks for taking the time to do one.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:42 PM

Nice write up. Thanks for taking the time to do one.


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Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:42 PM

nicely done
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Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:50 PM

Nice!

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 04:14 PM

Good job!!

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 07:12 PM

Excellent work :)

Thanks for the How To!

Gives me some interesting ideas...
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Posted 06 June 2011 - 07:17 PM

Thanks guys

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 12:56 AM

I want to do mine is black suede. I like that.
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 01:25 AM

Thought about doing this because I had seen some people that had done it on 9th gen but didn't know how or how hard it would be on our cars, nice thanks for the write up.
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Posted 08 June 2011 - 08:45 AM

Nice ive always wondered how people did this
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Posted 08 June 2011 - 11:30 AM

I want to do mine is black suede. I like that.


Is there anywhere local that you can buy Black suede from or is that an online only thing?

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 11:59 AM

You can't use actual black suede. The fabric is far too thick and has no stretch to it. You have to use micro-suede or ultra-suede which are thin and have some stretch to them. You only need 4 yards for all the doors and will have extra left. I got mine for $15/yard. This stuff is easy to find at any local fabric store. I will be posting up pictures of my headliner, door sills and trim, front pillars, seat belt pillars and trunk which have been covered in micro suede by tonight. For all of those you need around 10 yards

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 12:00 PM

Cool good to know, thanks.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 12:24 PM

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 04:37 PM

Sorry about the delay but here are some pictures of my trunk, trunk door, the rear door installed, and one of the front pillars.

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 09:16 PM

That is so sick. I've been wanting to do my headliner and doors for a while now. Never thought about the hatch, but mine's all busted up. That'd make a good cover-up. Nice write-up.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:24 PM

That is so sick. I've been wanting to do my headliner and doors for a while now. Never thought about the hatch, but mine's all busted up. That'd make a good cover-up. Nice write-up.


Thanks. Yeah mine was busted up so rather than sanding it and painting it I thought this would look nicer and it turned out great.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 01:35 AM

What other type of fabric could u use to do this?

You got a point there. Low & slow is better than stock & slow.


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Posted 27 June 2011 - 09:38 AM

What other type of fabric could u use to do this?


Anything lightweight, thin and stretchy.

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