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kevster0522 04-21-2013 08:55 PM

Cracking inner door panels
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I finally decided to rid myself of rattling doors at idle and replace every clip on the inner door panels. While I was taking them off I discovered they are badly cracked along the armrest and handle. Has anyone else had this issue and found a way to fix it? right now my plan is to try to reinforce it with some resin jelly that we used to repair a rusted fender on my sisters van. I'd love your input.

Thanks in advance

off-track 04-21-2013 11:27 PM

Re: Cracking inner door panels
Wow! I don't recall seeing anything like that posted here before?? IIRC there have been a few about cracking of the arm-rest area nothing like that! I have no experience with with that product but please keep us posted with how you find it works.

bumpdraft 04-22-2013 12:24 AM

Re: Cracking inner door panels
I used JB Weld smeared into carbon cloth.
I saved a bunch of the backer peel paper from UPS labels. Lay the fiberglass cloth on the slipery paper (or even a paper plate) and use a plastic bondo spreader to force JB Weld into it. Not quite the way NASA would do it, but close;)


kevster0522 04-22-2013 10:51 PM

Re: Cracking inner door panels
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Thanks for the response Bumpdraft I wouldn't done what you said but I figured I might as well use what I have around.

Alright this is what I did. I took that body filler that I had and it actually worked very well. The panel doesn't flex nearly as much as it used to. It might look kind of sloppy but that's because the filler was very hard to work with. it was like trying to spread sticky pudding and it is usually sanded down smooth but nobody will see behind the door panels. I also had put a very [B]thin[/B] layer around the where the handle bowl thing is otherwise if it was too thick it wouldn't fit on right (I figured a little is better than nothing :D).

Also does anyone know where I can get new door clips? I stopped at fleet-farm and they didn't have any of the right kind. When I went to O'Reilly they had a package of 2 for $2.50 which I thought was very overpriced.

Although driving without the door panel does get rid of the rattling :arr:

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