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Old 06-07-2014, 02:57 AM
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Default How to remove door skins, and what glue will hold the vinyl on the arm rest.

I've got some serious squeaking from the driver's window going up and down, and now there is serious popping in the Driver's Side "B" pillar when the car is under acceleration.

Lastly, the vinyl over the door skin panels has pulled away from the underlying arm rest.

I want to pull the panels correctly, look at the window channels, see if I can determine the popping, and re-glue the door skins onto the arm rest.

Some folks on this site have been great in linking to step by step instructions on pulling various parts correctly (to date, the front dash/radio to install a new iPod cord into the back of the radio).

Is there a link to the correct way to pull each door skin?

Will regular automotive tacky spray glue reattach the vinyl to the underlying arm rest?

I'm hoping I don't have to have a German sourced glue product that is as expensive and hard to get as the bottle of Power Steering Fluid from the dealer!!

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Old 06-07-2014, 06:06 AM
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I have had; good luck with 3M upholstery adhesive, you might stop by your local upholstery shop and have them do it for you or ask what adhesive they use. You could take yours apart; have them glue your panel and put it back together yourself. I think I have had good luck with the 3M products, over the years and in the upholstery redos that I did on my old air cooled vws. By the time you buy all the adhesive; you might just pay them to glue the pieces down for you. I have noticed; when everything is torn apart and it is a very straight forward and easy job, no replacement material or sewing required; many upholstery shops won't charge you much.

Check out the 3M website: I haven't tried it but the 3m headliner fabric adhesive 38808, might do the trick.

3M Headliner and Fabric Adhesive 38808 - 3M Auto

Adhesives and Sealants - Products - 3M Auto

To make sure; you get the right 3M product, for your job/application; call or email them here:

Again, your local upholstery shop; maybe the best place to get advice, since they do it all day long professionally.

The squeaking; you are referring to: is it the glass or noise, that seems to be coming from the regulator? Usually, when my regulators; are about to fail, they have made a whining noise, then the regulator fails and my window has fallen inside the door (cables fail).

If/when you take apart the door or remove the door panel; you might take out the window tracks... clean them all out with compressed air and then see if there is any resistance to the window/tracks, when you move them up/down by hand.

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Old 06-11-2014, 02:19 PM
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I think I used an adhesive called E6000 when I repaired mine. It's been at least a couple of years and it's holding up just fine.
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