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Old 08-02-2016, 02:19 PM
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Has anyone here tried recovering door panels?

I have an old w126 which has a few cracks on the top of the door panels, the part where the lock button stick up.

I've considered removing the chrome strip off that part them and laminating just that top part from beneath the trim strip down to the wood strip. Any comments?
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Old 08-02-2016, 02:24 PM
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I recently got reskinned the arm rests x 4 done in leather. It's very pricey and few folks will touch them. The door panels are next. I do a lot of DIY stuff, but some things I don't mess with. MB tex by the yard is somewhat cheap. If you are going with real leather, then it's something not worth trial-and-error IMO. If you have some MB tex to experiment with, go for it.
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Old 08-03-2016, 07:02 AM
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I recently got reskinned the arm rests x 4 done in leather. It's very pricey and few folks will touch them. The door panels are next. I do a lot of DIY stuff, but some things I don't mess with. MB tex by the yard is somewhat cheap. If you are going with real leather, then it's something not worth trial-and-error IMO. If you have some MB tex to experiment with, go for it.
Are the door panels in a W126 84 typically leather? I was planning on laminating the upper-most section them with vinyl.
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Old 08-03-2016, 08:45 AM
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IDK. I know that the panels in a W123 are originally MB Tex, which isn't really a true vinyl, so guessing it is probably either vinyl or MB Tex. If you have a 'spare' panel, take it apart and you can easily tell if it's leather or not.
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Old 08-03-2016, 11:33 AM
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That's what I'm going to do as soon as the rain lets up a bit. I have two sets of blue panels and one set of gray. I've seen my brother spray paint MB tex seat covers and considered that too.

Much of the gray interior of the SE has problems. I intend to buy new leather skins for the front seats but some of the vinyl can be glued back into place. Of course I'll remove the components and try to do it right.
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Old 08-03-2016, 12:28 PM
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I re-skinned my seats or should I say I paid someone to do it. You can easily do the seat bottoms, front and back. The back parts are a whole different ballgame. I was never able to successfully install the back parts myself. The pricing for leather seat covers (new skins, and not 'seat covers') is actually pretty cheap IMO.
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Old 08-03-2016, 07:23 PM
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I agree, 500 bucks is cheap for front seats skins of MB Tex and leather has come down to $750 for a pair of front seat skins.

I want new leather for the front seats. I like the MB Tex but I won't live long enough to wear out new leather.
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Old 08-03-2016, 08:00 PM
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Topsonline offers the cheapest pricing and Vic does a great job IMO. Whole set slightly north of $1,000.
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Old 08-20-2016, 03:52 PM
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When you say whole set do you mean front and back?

I've also considered dying the dark blue panels grey. I've watched a couple videos and seen some sophisticated work on vinyl. I think I can handle removing or masking things that I do not want sprayed such as wood grains, chrome and rubber parts.

I've taken the door panels off and it seems pretty clear they are vinyl. How about the dash. I have a perfect blue dash which I'd like to turn black to match the grey interior. Wonder if that will work with dye?
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Old 02-28-2017, 11:11 AM
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To do the door skins. First remove old skin from backboard. Take a large piece of mb tex and stretch it over backboard. Fold and Staple a few areas to keep in place. Make folds on the back to be cut out on the mb tex as it is secured by glue and staples. Make sure tex is pulled tight all around the skin. Glue and staple around the back while making the folds to tighten it up. Once it is all stapled and glued then take razors and cut all the folds out to make it flush. Then cut out the designated holes for the door handle and window crank.
Another way is to take the mb tex and trace the old skin pattern onto the new and then cut. Remember you can trace and cut both sides from one , just copy the pattern on the reverse side. If you wanted to you could cut out the part for the cloth or perforated Tex. then sew in.
You need a upholstery stapler for this. Standard staples are too long and will poke through the other side. You need a stapler that does 1/8" staples. Harbor Freight lists one on the cheap. I think its pneumatic.
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