my thunderbird had some pretty terrible door panels that the fabric was ripped and coming apart so i decided to recover them with black cloth.

Step 1: what you need

1: a door panel, preferebly 2 that you want to recover.  thunderbird door panels are a single sheet of cardboard so they work very well to recover.  this may not work on all cars.  its up to you to figure out if this method will work or not.

2: cloth, my door panels used 2 yards of cloth and 1 yard of backing per door.
    the cloth you choose should be tough yet easy to work with, i went to the local crafts store and wandered around til i found the one that i thought would work well, its a fairly heavy black canvas and as a backing i used fleece.

3: spray adhesive, 3m or krylon permanent spray on adhesive

4: razor blades, at least 2 brand new sharp razor blades

5: duct tape

6: sharp scissors

7: clean wire brush

8: clean place to work.

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Have to agree with Kevan on everything he's said, I own a 1962 Corair that's been painstakingly restored and anything you can do to prevent moisture and rust from damaging metal and cardboard helps.... It's a lot easier to do when you've already got things apart anyway. Would have liked to have seen a picture of the final finished panel with all the pieces installed.
Good job! Made this kind of recovering to my 77' Opel Kadett C:s door panels but used black, "hairy" cloth to keep it retro. Works fine with little discoballs hanging from inner roof ( )8>)
May I suggest a modification to this? If it were me, and I do have this very job to perform on my 40+ year old Land Rover, I would waterproof the inside of the cardboard. An ordinary gloss paint will do and any old colour as it's hidden after all. You could also stretch a piece of heavy duty polythene over the door frame so that it sits under the nice new panel. It may not seem worthwhile in a very sunny and dry climate but if you live in a rainy one then that nice new panel will soon end up as mush if you don't protect it.... <br> <br>Another little tip. while you have the panel off paint the inside of the door with rust stabiliser and then prime and paint it properly. The door will last a lot longer that way and it only takes an extra few minutes... well, maybe an hour or two :-) <br> <br>Good ible, thank you. <br> <br>Kevan
What was the purpose of the backing ? For padding ?<br /> Looks good !<br />
for padding and to make the cloth smoother over the cardboard.&nbsp; if you glue canvas right to cardboard it will show every imperfection.<br />

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