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Door panel top has faded.

Does anyone have a cure for the top of the door panel when it fades? I tried "Forever Black" but it didn't do much. It looked good when it was wet but once it dried it was back to the way it was.

I wouldn't mind replacing it if I could find a guaranteed non-faded one.

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Does anyone have a cure for the top of the door panel when it fades? I tried "Forever Black" but it didn't do much. It looked good when it was wet but once it dried it was back to the way it was.

I wouldn't mind replacing it if I could find a guaranteed non-faded one.
I had the same problem with mine. The tops of my panels were almost white. I purchased a vinyl / leather dye and ended up recoating my entire interior. Be careful because it can be quite messy and two coats should do it letting a day in between to dry. Mine came out great and it doesn't rub off! the panels look like new. I did mine while i had the inserts off being recovered so it was a bit earier that way.
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I had the same problem with mine. The tops of my panels were almost white. I purchased a vinyl / leather dye and ended up recoating my entire interior. Be careful because it can be quite messy and two coats should do it letting a day in between to dry. Mine came out great and it doesn't rub off! the panels look like new. I did mine while i had the inserts off being recovered so it was a bit earier that way.
Awesome, I will try that. I have to replace the door speakers soon so I will have the panels off already.

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Awesome, I will try that. I have to replace the door speakers soon so I will have the panels off already.

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Make sure you are wearing gloves and don't get it on anything that you don't want to be black. Also, give them a good scrubbing with alcohol to remove any oils or grime before you start. I think you will be impressed with the results!
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Make sure you are wearing gloves and don't get it on anything that you don't want to be black. Also, give them a good scrubbing with alcohol to remove any oils or grime before you start. I think you will be impressed with the results!
I had the door panels off and replaced the speakers. As I was masking off the door handle I got the notion that the leather inserts snapped into the door panel. I was wrong. Instead of hearing the snap of a clip dislodging I was hearing the crack of the plastic welds breaking! When you dyed your door panels did you remove the leather insert panels and if so how did you re-glue them back into place? I saw a Mike Martin video on youtube using superglue and backing soda (not sure what the baking soda was for). I was wondering if this is the way to go????

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. . . . . I wouldn't mind replacing it if I could find a guaranteed non-faded one.
How about a brand new one ?
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How about a brand new one ?
I would like that if they're still available especially now that I have broken mine...haha

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I do not pay a lot of attention to Sky spare parts, but for the Solstice new door panels pop up for sale weekly.
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I see a couple of RH's available brand new but no driver's side

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Angry within 12 minutes ? LOL

Yes all LH side parts are way more rare than RH parts, but they are out there. Just set your bait , look beyond Ebay, and you will find one.
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Angry within 12 minutes ? LOL

Yes all LH side parts are way more rare than RH parts, but they are out there. Just set your bait , look beyond Ebay, and you will find one.
If you're referring to the emoji, that's a sad emoji not anger.

Found some left hand early year models but those don't have the PDL switch

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I saw a Mike Martin video on youtube using superglue and backing soda (not sure what the baking soda was for). I was wondering if this is the way to go????
The baking soda just thickens the glue and, more importantly, reacts and causes it to set far more quickly.

I would try to re-weld them back on with a soldering iron first. But if not, try the super glue.
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The baking soda just thickens the glue and, more importantly, reacts and causes it to set far more quickly.

I would try to re-weld them back on with a soldering iron first. But if not, try the super glue.
Thanks TS

I will give the soldering gun a try first. I tried some rubber type cement that I had and it's no bueno for sure.

Fleabay has some RH panels for only $150. I sure wish they had the LH!

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I am fairly certain that those panels are ABS like every other piece of plastic in the car. I have had really good success using the solvent cement for ABS pipe the you can get at any home improvement or hardware store.

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I am fairly certain that those panels are ABS like every other piece of plastic in the car. I have had really good success using the solvent cement for ABS pipe the you can get at any home improvement or hardware store.
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