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Ok, this weekend I decided to start tackling the interior some more.

After staining the bulbs inside, I though.... painting panels isn't good enough.... tweed baby!

Round 1... Fight!
I gathered most of the tools required here.


Shaving for the grille insert
I wanted a smooth look and need to french in the boston pro grille to cover my mid thats in the door. Pain, but worth it. Shaved the hole out so its a decent fit, since I need to tuck the tweed inside and then mount the grille down to make a nice round tweed ring.


Quilting 101
I didnt have time to take pics of a few steps needed since I was pretty involved during it. I took tracing paper and laid it over the door panel; molded the design down to the panel... then cut the excess off. This produced a stencil to use to cut the batting and the tweed.

I used batting to give it some cushion, but I suppose you can go without. I filled the factory pockets where the cupholder is and such with a few layers of batting.... it seemed a little puffy and that it may stick out, but remember... we wrap tweed TIGHT and it will form it down since batting is fluffy and crap. Trim the excess off since we want the batting on the front of the panel and use the tweed to wrap beind it for a nice fit.... here's a decent pic after I started wrapping one side of the panel with the tweed stencil cut out. (when cutting stencils, always leave excess... you can ALWAYS trim done but NEVER get that extra inch you wish you didnt cut off. i used 1 inch margin of error for the stencil to tweed and none of the stencil to batting)


Corners
Depends how you want the seam to look.... i did horizontal, but start frenching with a 45 degree cut and fold one side done and keep working it until its decent.


Securing.... Round 1
Hot glue guns are man's best friend... aside from duct tape. The batting was glued done to the front side... but the tweed... that is done twice.

The crease/edge on the front by the lip... glue and tweed, glue and tweed, gue and tweed. Get the hint? Start in the top corner, where the mirrors are since no pressure is neede for the first side. Work from that mirror counterclockwise along to about just under the grille hole. Keep in mind that the bottom side.... you WILL need to start pulling and tighten the tweed down. You'll wanna secure the top by the handle rest before finishing the bottom. but keep tension and take your time. It will wrap soon enough.


Securing.... Round 2
Now we got the tweed on the front side, but we dont wanna see edges, what do we do? Wrap it and glue on the backside of the panel to make a nice. after its glued to the backside, trim the excess.
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[B]Frenched Grill, [/B]
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Fini!
My lovely assistant modeling the new tweed door.


Well, all that took me on my first time through, about 6 hours and 30 bucks or so. I still need to do the white tweed section. I'll post them up next weekend when I'm not at stupid work :evilg:

Let me know what you think or if this inspires anyone!!
 

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bah, no more comments ? :rolleyes:

i suppose i gotta finish it and post em when they are installed to get some attention around here, hehehe :D

im leaving work early to get some more black tweed and finish the driverside panel. bwahaha
 

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Look's Great!!!!!!

Dude.... that looks really great. Nice job on it. And thanks for the info on how to do it too. I've been wanting to redo my panels and your post helps out a lot. :thumbup:
 

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looks FN dope bro......i like it a lot.i would love to see it on your truck.......then maybe ill do it:thumbup:
 

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im gonna finish with the white tweed section this weekend and probably do the driverside as well. just ran out of cash to buy the materials, but payday is tomorrow :rolleyes:
 

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due that looks great......how did you attach it at the top under the arm rest?...did you just push it into the little seem and glue it or what?
 

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due that looks great......how did you attach it at the top under the arm rest?...did you just push it into the little seem and glue it or what?
the arm rest comes out :)

i'll take pics and tell you the bolt size after work. but i took the vinyl arm rest off, painted it seperate. Then put the tweed down under (where it connects back) so it hides the seam. I'm wrapping it with a white swirl though, to cover the seam line some more since that curve by the handle on the arm rest is nasty.
 

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cool **** but what about the line that leads from the arm rest up to the area buy the mirror.how idd you attatch it there
 

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cool **** but what about the line that leads from the arm rest up to the area buy the mirror.how idd you attatch it there
are you talking the part where the tweed attaches to the vinyl cushiony part before the white starts?

if so, i originally used the glue gun but it doesnt stick well over time to the vinyl (works fine on the true plastics)... so im gonna lay it down with 3M spray adhesive from a fabric store.
 
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