DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

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wow that looks great, nice and smooth

Thanks! I gotta give credit to you, bc without your help talking me through all of this, and your DIY guide on taking the door panel's off.. this never ever would have happened! you can even go back to when I was sayin "im not takin the panels off, i dont wanna break nothin" from previously.. so thank you so much again for all of your help. I'm very happy with how it turned out.

I'm gonna do the back 2 doors probably next weekend, and ill have pics up for them too.. i worked on this today from 10am to about 3pm, so pretty tired of doors for 1 weekend. lol.. but yeah, cant wait to do more stuff! im so glad i found this forum.. My car is lookin better and better bc of it

Glad you like it though!
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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

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that is very true. and i am glad that i decided to go through with it.. super thanks to gearbox and your DIY about how to get the panel off. i printed it out and had it with me while i was takin it off lol.. but hey, i did it!

GOOD NEWS though! after flippin out, i decided to go back to the JoAnn's store and look at the spray adhesive stuff.. and i found some that was "light" as in, not like silly string, and i came home, tested a piece of the fabric i was using on a piece of card board, and it works! no bleeding through.. good stick.. looks good! so thank god for that. I'm probaby gonna re-do my door, and also do the other 3 doors this weekend. It's gonna look good

But thank you everyone for the help and tips.. im sure ill have more questions later.. and sorry bout the complainin up ^ there.. hehe.. it happens

anyways, ill post pics when im done
what kind of glue was it? also does anybody have any good suggestions on a glue that will withstand az heat cause i need to do this since i got my car without anything on there whoever had it before me took it off and left the glue there so it looks real ugly
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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

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what kind of glue was it? also does anybody have any good suggestions on a glue that will withstand az heat cause i need to do this since i got my car without anything on there whoever had it before me took it off and left the glue there so it looks real ugly
this is what i used..


and this is a pic of the back of it in case you wanted to read about it.. lol


i dont know if it would stand up to AZ heat, but it works pretty good. i might be re-doing my doors soon bc i found better/thicker fabric i wanted to use. and might try out that 3m super 77 mulitpurpose adhesive (purple cap) next go around. just make sure i dont have any issues.. i know if you pull fabric away from where it was laying with this stuff, it comes off fairly easy.. but then again, i used pretty thin fabric. but if i do it again, i want it to stick and be stuck for good. lol..

but yeah, this is what i used. its at JoAnn's fabric store.
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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

you have to be careful because thiner glue can bleed through fabrics 3M general trim adhesive is designed just for this purpose. you also want to spray both the fabric and what your attaching it to in opposite directions also let it get tacky before you attach it.
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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

wish i woulda known that before i did my door panels.. i just sprayed them and layed the fabric on it.. oh well.. might be re-doing them soon anyways, i got better fabric today. so we'll see..

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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

that glue looks like it would most likely be for scrapbooking since it is acid free and probaly wouldnt be that strong. i just need a glue that can stand up to 160+ temps. yeah it does get that hot in the car.
also any color suggestions on what i should do my interior is tan and the outside is dark green i was thinking of just going with a tan color but it seems like it would be boring but i dont want it looking completely stupid either
i really dont want to screw it up since i guess you gotta break off the door handles to do it

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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

i like things to kinda pop when you look at em, and if it was my car with those colors, i'd match the green you have on the outside and bring it inside to the doors. dark green and tan dont look bad together, and i think it'd look good honestly. and they have had a dark green microsuede color at JoAnn's the past couple times i have went that looks good. i'd go check out fabrics you like first, and see if you can get a good match to the color of your car. but thats just my $0.02.

and yeah, dunno if that spray would hold up to 160 degrees. i'd try the 3m spray for sure..
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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

Ive seen the green done in our cars, looks bomb, and the color I saw was almost exactly like the car color.
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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

i looked around at joanns a little bit before i found this thread but i didnt find any micro suede material there idk maybe i just didnt look hard enough. but today when i was at autozone i found a spray glue for carpet and stuff so i might check that out. i might consider that suggestion i just dont want to use a light color because it will get dirty fast
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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

So, what kind of sude fabric do I need to get to do my door panels? Also I should use the tape and not the glue? Where should I go to find out how to put in the new fabric on the door panels?
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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

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So, what kind of sude fabric do I need to get to do my door panels? Also I should use the tape and not the glue? Where should I go to find out how to put in the new fabric on the door panels?
you can pick any fabric you want really.. mine isnt suede, although i wish it was.. they just didnt have the color i was lookin for.. but at joann's fabric store, they have microsuede that i'd get.. feels nice.. i know gearbox was telling me about a certain super thin tape he used, and i dont believe i got the right kind, bc when i used what i bought, it left lines.. if you go back a couple pages and skim through mine and his convo back and fourth, you'll see the mess up i had with tape. anyways, i ended up using spray glue and it worked great for me.

and putting the fabric on the panels isnt that hard, you just have to take off the whole door panel, and that link will be in the convo's as well a couple pages back. its a DIY guide that gearbox made. explains it perfectly. once they are off, just clean them up and get all the old glue off under the old fabric and measure out your fabric and what-not and tape it all off, spray the glue, and press firmly. make sure you tuck in the fabrics on the edges as well. when i did this part, i bought a liquid adhesive to fill in there with the edges to make sure they stick good. no problems yet, so all good
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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

Thanks civicchick for pointing me to this thread!

Im getting bored waiting for my audio install and leds to come and just happen to have a day off

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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

dannnng! that looks good! i like it a lot! good job! what kinda fabric did ya end up usin?? whatever u used, i like it!
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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

Not 100% sure, receipt says "blackberry velour" It wasnt too expensive either, about 6.99 a yard. I have a lot left over so I want to make something for my trunk!
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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

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Thanks civicchick for pointing me to this thread!

Im getting bored waiting for my audio install and leds to come and just happen to have a day off

End result



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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

surprisingly goes really well with the tan interior.
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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

Thanks guys! Sunday I am going to attempt to make a trunk lid, havent decided if I am going to just use extra subbox carpet or my extra purple and do a cut out. Might just have to wait until I get my sub and amp in to see how it looks together
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let us know how it turns out!

again, good job!
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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

Did my drivers door last night. Used 3m super 77 spray adhesive and black microsuede. Used tarminator to remove the old adhesive. Spray light and no bleed through. Came out pretty nice, complements my rsx leather seats very well. Gonna do my passenger door today and start the rears, I'll post up more pics when it's done!
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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

Finished the passengers front door last night. Came out pretty good as well. Also stopped by the pick n pull on he way home and pulled a new door lock actuator for the passengers side and found a set of black door handles to go with the new black microsuede!
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Unfortunately, being a sedan this means I still have to do the rears, but it's fun so no biggie! Thanks for the great DIY and all the info!
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Re: DIY: Change the color of your door panels with suede!!

I have had suede in my car for a couple years now, and just a fair warning, it of course will fade over time.


As you can see, my suede has faded from black to nearly a midnight blue.
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