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Old 05-04-2021, 02:12 PM   #1
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DIY Door Panel - Questions

Been doing some searches but can't find the information that I am looking for. I am in the process of building my own door panels. I have the backing panels cut out and sealed them in case water gets on them. My big question is how to hold the panels to the door skin. I have seen where people have used Velcro with what appears to be mixed results. I really don't want to use screws as I would like to hide the fasteners. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 05-04-2021, 02:28 PM   #2
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Re: DIY Door Panel - Questions

You'd have to drill some holes, but you could use some of those plastic push-in fasteners placed under the upholstery...though I don't see any upholstery, yet. Some door panels also have metal spring clips, which are more easily removed.
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Old 05-04-2021, 02:33 PM   #3
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Re: DIY Door Panel - Questions

My buddy is an upholstery guy
He uses some kind of spring clip on the panel then he covers it with some kind of thin plastic layer....then the vinyl, or some thin foam, and then the vinyl...
He also uses a PVC foam board on some of his panels...it can be heated and formed.
I can ask him about the clips...he lives next door

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Old 05-04-2021, 02:45 PM   #4
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Re: DIY Door Panel - Questions

I have been looking for a double headed Christmas tree fasteners but can't find one that has a 3/16" space between the heads. One of my backup plans was to use a single head Christmas tree fastener. If your buddy's wire clips can work with the 3/16" luan I'm using that would be great.
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Old 05-04-2021, 05:16 PM   #5
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I know some guys have used industrial strength velcro. No holes to drill and no clips.
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:13 PM   #6
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My buddy is an upholstery guy
He uses some kind of spring clip on the panel then he covers it with some kind of thin plastic layer....then the vinyl, or some thin foam, and then the vinyl...
He also uses a PVC foam board on some of his panels...it can be heated and formed.
I can ask him about the clips...he lives next door

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Old 05-04-2021, 09:29 PM   #7
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I don't have any help for attaching the panels but, I will post this link which may help down the road.

https://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/...d.php?t=798102
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Re: DIY Door Panel - Questions

Why not rare earth magnets? Use a forstner bit to drill into the back of the piece and hot glue in the magnets and they'd be hidden and super strong, but easy to remove if you need.
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Why not rare earth magnets? Use a forstner bit to drill into the back of the piece and hot glue in the magnets and they'd be hidden and super strong, but easy to remove if you need.
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I was just going to suggest this. You can get these from anyplace that makes magnetic nametags if you cannot find them on the internet. Extremely and surprisingly strong.
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