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Old 02-23-2001, 04:15 PM
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I have a few spots where the vinyl is peeling off the edges of the interior door panel(s)on my 88 300TE (top edge of rear door @ window & top edge of drivers door storage pocket). Is this a common problem and what would be the best adhesive & procedure to use for the repair? Will the panel have to come off to do a proper job?

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Old 02-23-2001, 05:40 PM
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There is a long discussion about this at Threadid 9539, "300e door pockets coming apart" Use the "search"
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Old 02-23-2001, 07:52 PM
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I had some of my interior paneling slipping away fromt he seat belt holders. I used some epoxy glue, and that thing has stayed where I glued it since.

I only had to stretch the fabric about a centimeter to cover what it was not covering anymore.

Has worked great for the last 4 months.

The reason I used the epoxy is because it dries very hard, and can be adjusted for at least a few minutes until it really starts to stick good.

Now I'm not sure what others would say about my use of it, but I figured no harm done as it works for me.

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Old 02-24-2001, 02:03 PM
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This is a very common problem for the W124 (especially with blue interiors). The door panels have to be taken off (for the mentioned problem near the windows) to make a repair attempt possible.
The vinyl has to be stretched a bit whilst sticking it to the panel again. Mostly the vinyl shrunk too much and repairs do not look very good; however: it is worth a try...
The vinyl on the center pillar-panels is not as short cut as the vinyl on the door panels and repairing them is therefore a lot easier.

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Old 02-25-2001, 01:06 PM
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take it apart get your trusty hair dryer.Heat it up to just this side of melting.strech it back to some semelance of original size.3M has an excellant upolstry glue.There are a lot of others.check the site.You will than have this material made for the cool tutonic forest back to original.Michael.Carpe Diem
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Old 02-26-2001, 03:51 PM
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How easy is it to remove the door panels? are there clips that will need replacing?


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Old 02-27-2001, 09:58 AM
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Ed C.Not hard to remove panel.Study C>D>our books.There is a tool to pop the fastners that do most of the holding.You should use something our you may breake some of the clips out of the door.You can get a couple of putty knives or something like them.put one on each side of the clip and give a little twist.That will pop the clip without tearing it out of the panel.The rest just look over the panel take your time.You may find some peices of plastic that have to be removed to get to a screw.Dont force anything.Good luck Michael.P.S.Please forgive my spelling.The spell check does not work for me on this site
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