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Old 06-30-2013, 11:42 PM   #1
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Door panel template

Does anyone know where I can get a door panel template?
I bought some custom vinyl and want to put in on the door
panels. If not, does anyone know an easy way I can cut the
vinyl so it will be a great fit? If I can't find a template I am going
to try to make one out of cardboard and then use that as a
template to cut the vinyl. My fear is I won't be able to cut the
cardboard as accurate as I want it to be

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Old 06-30-2013, 11:51 PM   #2
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When I did mine I thought about making a template but you really dont need one. I just laid enough fabric to cover the panel then trimmed around where the new screws were going to go. It doesn't have to look pretty or be cut the exact shape/size since it will all be covered anyways once you put it back in the door.
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:50 PM   #3
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When I did mine I thought about making a template but you really dont need one. I just laid enough fabric to cover the panel then trimmed around where the new screws were going to go. It doesn't have to look pretty or be cut the exact shape/size since it will all be covered anyways once you put it back in the door.
I am not going to take the panels out of the doors.
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:57 PM   #4
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Wow nobody....was really hoping someone had a template.
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I don't have a template, but I would suggest using something else instead of cardboard. The door panel is curved, and cardboard doesn't have enough give to get a proper template.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:09 PM   #6
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I would cut a little more than the panel and lay it on while it's on the door since your not taking the panel off. Then heat it up a bit and tuck it in best you can with something skinny like a scraper and cut around the panel
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Actually, if you don't mind removing the door panel (not the insert but the whole door panel) you could make a template using the back side.
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use fabric or tape. that should create a descent template. when i did my mirrors in the vinyl i used painters tape to make the template
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use fabric or tape. that should create a descent template. when i did my mirrors in the vinyl i used painters tape to make the template
Stig- good suggestion on the cardboard. I wonder how well construction paper would work. I don't want to take the whole door panel out, everytime I've done this on my other cars I could never get it to fit right.

zkdreads- Please elaborate how you used painters tape, I don't get it.

Does anyone want to make $20? I will pay someone $20 for an ACCURATE template. I have the door ABL so I don't want the vinyl to go all the way to the top.

Is there something I can put on the circumference of the door panel and then transfer that to construction paper. I was thinking of using a dry erase marker because it won't dry right away, but not sure if it will transfer to the paper. I also thought of putting Vasoline on the circumference of the door panel with a paint brush and try to transfer that to construction paper. I don't really want the Vasoline on the door panel, it may effect on how the vinyl sticks.

Any other ideas?

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When u make a template using painters tape, u literally tape everywhere u want the vinyl to cover...tape the outline, then fill in the space with more tape....when it lookslike what u want the vinyl to look like, pull it all off in one piece...then stick the design on paper or the vinyl and cut it out...then your vinyl will cover what the tape originall covered
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The amount of time and effort that making a perfect template will take, you could just take the panels out. It's really not hard at all. I will actually surprised how easy it was
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When u make a template using painters tape, u literally tape everywhere u want the vinyl to cover...tape the outline, then fill in the space with more tape....when it lookslike what u want the vinyl to look like, pull it all off in one piece...then stick the design on paper or the vinyl and cut it out...then your vinyl will cover what the tape originall covered
Hey that ain't a bad idea, any idea if it would be ok to use 2" or go smaller?
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Wow nobody....was really hoping someone had a template.
I let a pro trim my vinyl. Didn't have to remove the panels.
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Wow nobody....was really hoping someone had a template.
Not trying to jack your thread but wanted to show you how easy it can be. Good luck with your project, would love to see it, post pics when you are done!
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I would cut a little more than the panel and lay it on while it's on the door since your not taking the panel off. Then heat it up a bit and tuck it in best you can with something skinny like a scraper and cut around the panel
Yep. What he ^^^^^ said!
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Hey that ain't a bad idea, any idea if it would be ok to use 2" or go smaller?
As long as the edge will bend along the curve it wont matter...i usuall use half inch tape for outlines anf fill space with two inch...but if you can get the two inch to curve around then it wont make a difference
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I am not going to take the panels out of the doors.
I just did mine. I took the panels out per the instructions. I would not have gotten such a clean job by not taking them out. The choice is yours.
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Does anyone know where I can get a door panel template?
I bought some custom vinyl and want to put in on the door
panels. If not, does anyone know an easy way I can cut the
vinyl so it will be a great fit? If I can't find a template I am going
to try to make one out of cardboard and then use that as a
template to cut the vinyl. My fear is I won't be able to cut the
cardboard as accurate as I want it to be

Russ
I was thinking today, if you don't know anyone with vinyl experience and you want to do it yourself, check out videos on YouTube.
Man, you can learn how to do almost anything on YouTube.
Do a search and see what comes up.
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:49 PM   #19
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I was thinking today, if you don't know anyone with vinyl experience and you want to do it yourself, check out videos on YouTube.
Man, you can learn how to do almost anything on YouTube.
Do a search and see what comes up.
I have watched a couple of video's, knowing HOW to do it is totally different that actually doing it. My problem is I have very poor dexterity in my hands especially for doing something slow and accurate. I would be happy to pay someone to do it but I don't even know who to call. You guys that had the work done, how did you find someone to do it?


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I have watched a couple of video's, knowing HOW to do it is totally different that actually doing it. My problem is I have very poor dexterity in my hands especially for doing something slow and accurate. I would be happy to pay someone to do it but I don't even know who to call. You guys that had the work done, how did you find someone to do it?


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Russ, I used a place called Kool-graphics. So look for a vinyl graphics place, a vinyl car wrap place, vinyl sign maker, definitely a sign making shop in your area. SOMEBODY should be able to help you.

You are right. I would rather pay somebody that knows how to do the job right.

Good luck OHIOSS !
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:55 AM   #21
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Thanks for the suggestions , I have emailed a sign company and also a graphics company
to see if either of them will quote me. It will be a time only job since I already bought
the vinyl. I'm guessing less than 2hrs to install on the door panels and dash trim. Does
that sound about right??
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Thanks for the suggestions , I have emailed a sign company and also a graphics company
to see if either of them will quote me. It will be a time only job since I already bought
the vinyl. I'm guessing less than 2hrs to install on the door panels and dash trim. Does
that sound about right??
Yep. My installer finished both doors in about an hour.
So throw in the dash strip & you are looking at just a little longer. (I am gonna go back and get my dash done)

I think that you will like it & hope that you enjoy it!
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Yippeee, I emailed pics to a guy that makes vinyl graphics and he agreed to do it for me next week. Then I will have to remove all of the trim to get it painted to match the door panels and the dash strip.

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Yippeee, I emailed pics to a guy that makes vinyl graphics and he agreed to do it for me next week. Then I will have to remove all of the trim to get it painted to match the door panels and the dash strip.

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Hey OHIOSS, what day are you scheduled to get that vinyl done?
I want to see it!
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Hey OHIOSS, what day are you scheduled to get that vinyl done?
I want to see it!
Tomorrow Tuesday July 9th. I will PM you some pics when it's done.
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