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Old 11-26-2007, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So im sure someone has asked this before but i couldnt find it so ill ask it. Both of my door panels are bubbling, on the drivers side its bubbling where the handle is and by the vent. and the passanger side is bubbling by the vent. I have no idea how to fix this and it bugs the hell out of me.Anyone have a way to fix this?? ill add pictures later just incase you guys dont know what im talking about, but im sure you all do.
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So im sure someone has asked this before but i couldnt find it so ill ask it. Both of my door panels are bubbling, on the drivers side its bubbling where the handle is and by the vent. and the passanger side is bubbling by the vent. I have no idea how to fix this and it bugs the hell out of me.Anyone have a way to fix this?? ill add pictures later just incase you guys dont know what im talking about, but im sure you all do.
This is a common problem with our cars with no good solution. Best repair I have come up with involves heat gun, thin glue/cement, hypodermic syringe, and a small jar. Heat the bubble, inject the glue, roll out/press with jar. This will work fairly well on smaller bubbles. It will hold for awhile but isn't permanent. Best fix is replacement.
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah thats what i figured.
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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my next question is where do i get a door panel? do they sell them at dealerships still??
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Should you decide to try this use a medium bore needle. I used a semi-diluted glue on one and model cement on the other. Thought of using epoxy but too thick to push through the needle. I think the problem with a lasting bond is that there is no way to remove the old adhesive. Just putting new glue on old glue. The old eventually flakes off. Temp. changes also have an adverse effect. If you find a better way post it up. If you can get it while the bubble is small you have a better chance. Once it spreads out not much you can do. Oh, and you can hide the needle hole with a dab of ink.

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I see used ones from time to time in the classifieds and ebay. Even the used ones can get a little pricey depending on condition. An upholstery shop may be able to help but that's got to be pricey also. Never checked with a dealer. This problem really sucks. Someone needs to come up with something.
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yeah im going to take the drivers side off tomorrow and stare at it all winter and think of something. (well i hope) Trust if i figure out something i will let the 3s world know!! lol
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I have the biggest bubbles imaginable but then again I bought the car with them. Has anyone tried removing the fabric and using a decent spray adhesive or something of this nature?
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I wouldn't recommend removing the fabric/vinyl entirely, you'll never get it to stick properly afterwards. You can try the glue/needle if you want, but the best fix is to find a replacement panel that hasn't bubbled yet, and not to park it in direct sunlight where it will overheat the interior.
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Old 12-22-2007, 07:30 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've tried to come up with a good solution to this too. Haven't figured out a good way to get rid of the old glue though.

Remember that you can inject through the back of the panel too, once you take it off. You can use a bigger syringe this way, and thicker cement, plus no hole to cover up. You just have to choose your spot carefully on smaller bubbles.
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