Plastic door panel - thoughts / what I did

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Door panels came out really great. I would be happy with those on a work truck for sure.
 

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In my research from about 2 years ago, one guy used aerosol cans of spray bedliner held far back when spraying to get the pebble grain back texture in the plastic before refinishing the panels with a fresh coat of interior paint. Another place suggested SEM 39853 Texture coating for bumpers and dashes when refinishing. I have yet to try these but purchased everything for what I get to that point.
 

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SirRobyn0, that looks 100% better and I may do that to mine, to help them out for now till I decide what color and what I really want too do.
Thanks for taking the time to share!!!
 

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I missed this thread, but, yeah that looks awesome Rob!
Another thought, if it doesn't hold the shine, is use Mothers Back to Black on it. That stuff works quite well on oxidized plastics.
I just torch shined the tops of the panels on the blue truck. They were not flaking or crusty like yours, but I am 1000% surprised/impressed that they came back to life like that.
 

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Dang, came out looking nice! I’ve had to do some at the shop and generally I’ll just use a green scotch-brite pad to knock the chalky stuff, clean em with a surface prep / degreaser, then a dusting of Bulldog Adhesion promoter followed by a couple coats of SEM dye. For small gaps/smooth sections in the grain, I’ve just used pieces of ‘grainy’ vinyl pushed into the dye while tacky, to mimic the texture.

Looks killer tho man. Might “shave” a couple old panels using your method now!
 

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@smullen @Grit dog @Radiohead @John Nes Guys I should give an update. There has been only one issue. IDK if it's because the plastic is old and dried out or what, but the area that I rehabbed wants to stain anything on your elbow if you like to rest it there. So being a mechanic I turned a spot black ASAP, and it took a little steel wool / cleaner treatment to get it off. I let it dry good and then hit it with a little shot clear coat. Now stuff like that wipes off easy. So if I did another set I'd scrape, do the steel wool with interior cleaner, let it dry really well and then shot it with clear coat just to seal it. Maybe that's not necessary for everyone but it is for me! Well worth what was probably only about an hours worth of time, or maybe even less. It wasn't hard or time consuming. If any of you guys try it I'd like to see a pic or two.
 

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while not perfect, it's a lot better.
Holy chit, Rob! Those look great now. I did see your update regarding clear coat and staining; that's good to know.
When I saw the panels in your first picture(s), I thought to myself, "Those are toast. Add a couple cig burns for period correctness and let them be".

Boy was I wrong. Nice work! Maybe someday I will attempt to rehab the panels on my K20.
 

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