A break in the sewing projects has given me a chance to make Delores some new duds. The kit came with plain black vinyl for the waterfall covering and quilted black vinyl door panels with no door handles (just a rod that you push) and plastic armrests. I told Drew that if he is going to spend this much money on a custom car, the inside should look nice… I also couldn’t figure out how to open the doors from inside anyway, so we definitely needed some new handles.
We are going with a two-toned theme on the outside, so we decided to carry that inside. I found some cream vinyl and purchased some headliner. First step was to remove the black vinyl that was glued to the metal door panels with a putty knife. After it was removed, Drew fit-up the bare metal panels and pre-drilled all the holes for final mounting (this would have actually been very challenging if the vinyl was already installed…).
I kept the quilted look on the door panels but made them two-toned with black and cream using the headliner as the quilted liner. The sewing machine did just fine after I got a roller foot, leather needle, and upholstery thread. After sewing the two pieces together and quilting with coordinating thread, I cut the finished vinyl to fit the metal panel then added the trim. So far this is 99% like cotton quilting.
After the pieces were the right size, we watched some YouTube videos about installing auto vinyl. We would have definitely done it wrong if we didn’t complete this step.
Step 1: Paint both sides with contact cement and let it dry.
Step 2: Sit the two pieces together and stretch to fit.
Step 3: Apply contact cement to the trim and back of the metal panel, stretch the trim around the panel and adhere to the back.
Step 4: Since I didn’t want a pucker at the seam (in order to attach some chrome trim here… possibly), Drew had pre-drilled me some holes in the metal that I used to sew the panel to the metal sheet along my seam after it was glued. This also had the unintentional consequence of making the line between the colors much more clean.
The door panels look much more stylish than the plain black, plus new billet door handles.