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Help with door card upholstery please!

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Hello everyone I just got a hold of a mb1 a couple of months ago from a friend(he was planning taking it  to the scrap yard) who had it sitting outside for the last  6 years!

6 years ago my friend decided to fix the car for his wife so he changed the engine(he blew the D16Y2 that was originally installed in the car) and put a D16b2(he found one with 45.000 km) ,he also did some bodywork  and left it outside to rot  because his wife found it outdated and she hated the color also(red)!

The 6 years out in all kind of wheather got to the car pretty hard so I had to fix allot of things(almost the hole exhaust system,electrical wires,shatterd front windscreen and back windscreen rubber,clearcoat pealing in various areas ,rusty arches,all black exterior had gone gray,yellow headlights ,brake pump, sagging headlining, rotten  disc brakes and stuck calipers  and many many more little things)

I put in a lot of work the couple of months (with a fairly little amount of cash and a lot of hard work)and  still have a lot more to do to the car but I think the civic is starting to look at least decent for it's age !

So after I  finished the exterior a couple of weeks ago it was time for the interior!

The inerior has a lot to be done such as fixing the driver seat cause it has a rocking chair effect ,and I also don't like the grey marble trims on the dash and am thinking about vinyl wraping them !

I started with  the interior with gluing  the flimsy steering wheel and I  stitched a leather cover to it, I fixed the headlining last week (still got to do the sunroof section cause it has brown stains on it and I have tried cleaning it with almost everything and still does not clean,so  i don't know what to do with it,can it be spray painted grey,what spray could do for this job?))thank's to the guide in this forum and  both jobs came out looking damn good!

So  the next thing I want to do ASAP is change the door card upholstery , but I can't find a guide or something that would help me ,is there such a thing anywhere( a guide with some pictures if possible)?

I find he door card upholstery just horrible ,I cant stand it no more ,I find it almost disgusting,  its this pink zebra kind  patern  and colour and it is on the seats also (for the seats for the time I will go for black seat covers ), whoever gets in the car  makes fun of the seats and the door card upholstery!

Somewhere in this forum I read that  someone just riped of the upholstery and spay painted the door cards,are there any pictures of this anywhere?

If this is possible than it sounds like a pretty good idea to me ,but  I don't know what is the door card material made of ,is it plastic ,does it have a smooth surface and can it be spray painted easily ,can anyone help please?

Thank's in advance!!!!! 

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I tore mine off, its black plastic and actually looks good, after alot of scrubbing to remove the old glue

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Thank you very much ickis86 ,that really looks good!

The plastic looks like it is made from the same material as the rest of the door, is it?

Did you spray paint it after you tore off the upholstery ?

How do I tare my upholstery without leaving any material on the cards?(and what did you use to remove the old glue,alcohol,detergent,.....?)

I read somewhere in this forum that someone was going to use a heat gun to melt the plastic clips on the inside of the door card put there from factory then reheat when putting it back together, so is this how I have to do it toI  remone all the old upholstery?

How did you do it?

Do I have to take the door cards off the doors or can it be done with the cards still  on the doors just with tearing and pulling?

 

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, ickis86 said:

I tore mine off, its black plastic and actually looks good, after alot of scrubbing to remove the old glue

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That looks wicked mate. That a difference 

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I left mine on and just tore them off, they came off fairly easy, just dont force anything if it starts to look like its tough and bending something. You might have take some pliars or something to get the frayed bits out from the edges. I used my girlfriends nail polish remover, wd40, some actual glue remover solution, alot of elbow grease and scotch brite. It really is a pig to get off!

This might help

 

 

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Thank's again   ickis86 !

I don't want to get into the procedure shown in the video so I will just go with  the pulling and tearing  and hope all goes well!

(Did you disassemble the bottom part of the door card or did you do the  pulling and tearing procedure  with it on?)

The glue removing is what troubles me because I had a hard time removing some glue from the headlining and almost ruined it!

When the headliner sagged I went out and bought a spray adhesive(stupid didn't notice that it was medium strength but I don't think that the strong one would do any better!) and  I sprayed it and just stuck the fabric back on but on the first  worm day  the headlining sagged again even worse this time so I took it completely out of the car and this time I tried to do it the right way but the damage that I had done with the spray adhesive was almost irreversible because it had mixed with the  foam (brown like dust)  from the old upholstery and   the hole thing was like  mass of goo!

I tried everything to remove the adhesive goo(alcohol,acetone,paint thinner,gasoline)and the only thing that worked was removing it with a lot of thumb work(still have sore thumb and almost no fingerprint left!) ,had to staple half the headlining because it had swollen(from all the chemicals I tred) and separated in three layers!

So I would like to avoid  getting  into any similar situations with the door card adhesive.

 

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One more thing!

How do I remove the front door lower pocket's?

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Think they're held in from behind with screws if I remember right mate. Should be able to see when the panel is off.

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Nice to see you saved this one from the breakers mate, she looks really good now in the photos. And these pre-facelift civics are getting pretty rare now so deffo good this ones being cared for.

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I actually kind of like that seat and door card coloring. Seems unique compared to average cars of today. Isn't that surprisingly rear feature in these cars? I only know that some 1.6 versions have that interior.

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My headLiner is sagging to. What is the proper way to fix it?

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