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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:14 pm    Post subject: Searching for a Sliding Door Interior Panel Reply with quote



The sliding door interior panel is broken on my van. Does anyone know where I can get a replacement?

Or I can use the old one as a pattern and cut a new one. Has anyone done that?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A piece of 1/8 inch Baltic Birch can be cut to fit with a utility knife (measure both sides, score both sides, snap and sand) and mounted with stock plastic or wall anchors and skirted screws. I did my headliner and finished it with satin Varathane. A 5x5 sheet of Baltic Birch plywood cost me 15 bucks, 5 bucks for the stain and hardware. Probably cheaper and better looking than a replacement from the classifieds.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks GREAT and I thought about a thin-plywood replacement for my sliding door and rear hatch panels but I'm concerned about noise. Big sheets of shiny wood are great at reflecting (rather than absorbing or dulling) sound. I'm "slowly" looking for a pressboard/vinyl solution.......
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sign makers use 4x8 sheets of pvc that come in a variey of colors and thickness. It is comparable in price to a nice sheet of ply.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's mine:
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Handy having a buddy who works at a plastics factory. Only cost me $40 and helping him move a stove to redo all the panels in the van including the headliner.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm thinking of replacing my shagged-out panels with 1/8" tempered Masonite covered in fabric or vinyl wallcovering. I've got some old, very psychedelic wallpaper that would be eye-smacking good.

I prefer Masonite to ply in this application simply because it's denser and more durable. Probably absorbs sound a bit better than birch ply.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any tips for getting those black plugs out that hold the sliding door panel in? I'd like to get some soundproofing material back there.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cnskate wrote:
Any tips for getting those black plugs out that hold the sliding door panel in? I'd like to get some soundproofing material back there.

You can just pry them with a screwdriver, or get a tool at your FLAPS that looks like a two-pronged fork. I've found it's worth the $5 as most of the little plugs survive when I use the tool
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 1:49 pm    Post subject: AHA! Reply with quote

I've been wondering FOR YEAR (I've only had Winston for the one) what that strange square fitting was on the inside of Winston's panel! That plastic one is gorgeous, I thought I'd take Winston down to Sew Fine for his new one.

Do ALL your vans have two handles on the inside of the sliding door? Westies, too? Or was that some sort of option thing that won't work with Westies (Code 4W!) ? If putting a 2nd handle on that door will make it open with either handle, then I'll be in the market for a handle to replace the one that must have gotten removed.

I had WONDERED, but never figured out what that was!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 1:57 pm    Post subject: 2nd handle Reply with quote

maybe the second handle is for a sliding door on the left side of the van???
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The second handle doesn't open the door it's just kind of a grab handle that gives a little extra omph for shutting it.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 7:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Searching for a Sliding Door Interior Panel Reply with quote

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The sliding door interior panel is broken on my van. Does anyone know where I can get a replacement?

Or I can use the old one as a pattern and cut a new one. Has anyone done that?

[/quote] yes. I used my old one , traced it with a sharpee on to 1/8" masonite. Covered with vynle from go westy. I think you can get a new pannel from the bus depot?.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 7:50 pm    Post subject: Sliding Door Panel - So many options! Reply with quote

Notes from the original instigator of this discussion:
Wow! Lots of ideas! Thanks, folks. I did find some birch plywood yesterday and will search for some vinyl to cover it. Maybe a thin layer of foam sheeting on the front or back of the birch plywood would be a good insulator and sound reduction material. I like the sign painter's PVC idea too.

Thank you so much. Beep Beep!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was at the Keyston today. They have LOTS of foam backed materials you could use.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interior/exterior boat carpet glued on. Soft and helps to kill noise.Look at my gallery.
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