Door panel ?

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  1. Deathpunch0311

    Deathpunch0311 I'm Awesome

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    I’m in the middle of redoing my interior.

    My wife is reupholstering my seats and door panels.
    My question is on the lower door panel is there any way to get the carpet off?
    @sewlow got any tips?

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    Mine looked almost that bad and I used some upholstery cleaner to get them looking pretty good.

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    Deathpunch0311 I'm Awesome

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    I’m not trying to clean it. I’m changing the interior to black.
     
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    I'd suggest using a black auto carpet dye to change the color
     
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    sewlow Bitchin' Stitchin'

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    That carpet's really glued down to the panels. But there's a couple of ways to get it off.
    I like to use steam to soften the glue, but unless you have a steamer you're stuck to holding the panel over a boiling kettle. That will work but it's not the most efficient & be ready to have your fingers steam-burnt a few times.
    Another way is to use lighter fluid. The type for Zippo lighters. That's Naptha. Camp stove fuel. It will soften the glue.
    Start by soaking that into a corner of the carpet. Wait a couple of minutes to let the fluid do it's bit. Not too long though. Naptha evaporates fairly quick. Use a putty knife to get under the edge of the carpet. As you lift, rip, tear the carpet off, keep applying the lighter fluid to where the carpet meets the door panel.
    GM sure didn't want that stuff to come off, so be ready to spend a bit of time on this.
    Some (most?) of these door panels had random staples hidden inside the nap of the carpet, so that'll add to the frustration, too.
    Once the carpet is off, there will still be a fair amount of glue & chunks of the carpet left on the panel. You can go at that with the putty knife & some more lighter fluid. Pliers can be used to get the larger chunks off.
    To get the panel totally smooth & clean, once the majority of all that is off, I go over the area with my mini-angle grinder & a red fiber disc.
     
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    I use a MultiMaster oscillating tool with a serrated blade.
     
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    Sewlow you mention steam so would a clothes iron work to soften the glue?
     
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    It might. Keep the actual iron a couple inches away from the material & just let the steam get into it.
    The steamer I have is nothing special. Walmart.
    I have a couple of them. 1 in the house, one in the shop.
    I don't own an iron. Single guy. But I am somewhat domesticated, though.
    It's made for clothes, so I do my my shirts with it. Works really good on jeans left in the dryer overnight. Or three.
    When you're done, give it to the wife.

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    Rules to live by...

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    I did mine three or four years back. I just used a razor blade scaper and there may have been a hair dryer involved. After I got the carpet off, I think I used Goof Off to remove the bulk of the adhesive that was left behind. My carpet was in fine shape, I just don't like the way it looks. Plus, I'm not crazy about blue interiors, so I wanted to tone that down a bit. Bought some black leather from a guy on Ebay, replaced the carpet and leathered the insert too. Check it out:

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