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Old 07-16-2009
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re-cover upholstered insert od door panel

I want to swith from fabric to vinyl or leather on the little insert on the door panel above the arm rest. I took the door panel off and there are what appear to be plastic studs that were melted on the inside to hold the panel on. I figure I can cut/drill the melted head off to pull the panel off but how would I go about reattaching it to the door once I did the re-cover?
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no luck?
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I have tried this on a few door panels and wgen trying to reattach with a hot glue gun; the fit is no longer as tight and their is a gap that shows. me no likie likie
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dont remove them, just cover them over with new fabric lol
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I am in the process of doing this. I am thinking about using really short screws coming in from the back.
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See if one of these will get the job done. If not do a Google (or any other search engine) for "plastic fasteners."

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GREAT IDEA
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I used a lighter and heated plastic tabs up till they were soft enough to pop off, and to reattach the panel used screws with big washers.
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ya i did it to mine....but ya there is a small gap......but if u trim it just right and use a screw in every hole it pulls up nice i used a soldering iron to heat it up and then used 10x3/4 inch trim/panel screws to pull it up tight in the back
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