Door trim restoration
On many 1960 model Ramblers the door trim
panels can be easily refurbished with basic handyman and spray painting
The main problem I have had with the door
trims is the stiff card/masonite backing being affected by water and
warping as well as the trim clips pulling through the card. Often it
is not possible to remove the trim panel without the clips pulling though
the card. This is frustrating since now the door panel will not be
held securely back in place.
One solution to this problem is to make a new backing from epoxy
fibreglass board. This comes in 2.5mm or 3.00mm thicknesses which
are very close to the original card thickness. The epoxy board is
very strong and not be affected by moisture. There is no problem
with the clips pulling through the board when removing the trims.
The original card can be used as a template
to cut new ones from the epoxy board. Appropriate size drills and
hole saws can replicate the holes. New trim clips are also available
if the old ones are damaged.
|The vinyl trim can be removed from the
card backing by carefully pulling it away. A sharp Stanley
blade can assist in separating the vinyl layer from the card.
Patience can be required here since some spots can be stuck to the
card. Be careful not to let the blade contact the vinyl.
Once the vinyl trim is free test fit
it on the new epoxy backing board. Spray contact adhesive can
then be used to glue the vinyl to the new board. Small clamps
maybe required to hold the edges in place until glued.
If required the vinyl can now be
painted with vinyl paint.
A good automotive paint shop can
match your colour. The DuPont system allows the same colour to
be matched in vinyl, 2K or acrylic lacquer systems. So if you
happen to have or find a current DuPont colour this can also be
I have found that the vinyl paint can give
a higher gloss level than the original vinyl would have. Ask for the
maximum amount of matting agent to be used. On trims I have done the
initial result was matt however once installed in the car and after
several weeks I am sure the door trims have a higher gloss now.
Finished door trim with non genuine speaker fitted
Rohan Borrell Technical Officer