Thanks for the reply. I have the deluxe ( I believe that's what they are called) panels with the carpet on the bottom. They are not terrible and as a matter of fact, are in great shape except for the arm rest. The panel on the drivers side got a small tear in the top of it and I'm just a perfectionist and hate for things like that to be seen. I guess before I spend a lot of money, I should check with an upholstery shop to see if there might be a way to repair it.
Vette(s): 1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.
The skins look fine after they been put on. You just have to be careful to not apply any adhesive to the surfaces that are perpendicular to the basic panel because when you slide it on, it will stick there before it slides all the way down in places like the arm rest. Do a trial fit and I think you will see what I mean.
After my last post I really started thinking this whole process and think you are right, the skins are tough and also time consuming to install. I do have the plastic arm rest additions and other than an 1 inch long slit at the very top of the panel, they are both in nice shape. I think I'm going to research a material type filler to close the slit and also keep it from getting longer, then clean both panels very good and spray with the Sims dye.
Vette(s): 2011 Grand Sport Coupe, 6-speed
1977 Coupe L82, 4-speed
There is a DVD available that explains/shows how to do this. I have watched it and it does not seem that difficult to me. I got it more to learn how to remove the door panels. That is a little tricky. I found that it is easier to remove and replace the panel without removing the door handle. In fact, it is almost impossible to re-install the handle, after you put the panel back in place. The panel can be maneuvered on over the handle, and removed that way also. The DVD is available from Eklers. Takes you through the whole process. Not that big a deal, IMO.
Thanks dapper, I will look into the dvd from Ecklers. I just have a small place where something put a small hole in the vinyl. Other than that, everything is good. I did install the after market arm rest pieces but that's all. I think I'm going to try to and fill the area with some kind of filler then redye it and the other panel. However the dvd is interesting.
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