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Restoring Interior Rear Quarter Panel Question
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Hi guys! Glad to find your forum! I have a 73 convertible that I am restoring, and just got some after-market interior rear quarter panels that don't have the correct holes for securing them. The originals are turning to powder on the surface. Does anyone have any ideas or techniques on how I could perhaps re-finish or re-coat the originals so I can just use those? I don't think just re-painting them would do, and I'm afraid to try to sand them in case they just keep going until they are gone... I'm looking at a product called Rainbow Fiberglass Protective Coating, but not sure if that is viable of if there are any other ideas...
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Taking a couple now, and will post shortly!

First pic is the new paint job, now on to the interior! The second pic shows the old white panel with lip and attachment hole, while the new panel is missing both. Last pic shows what the old panel looks like (kinda oxydized in the south Texas sun...)


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Yeah, my ginger panels were/are bad too. Still not sure what I'm going to do about it...I got some decent black ones I have to re-dye from Don65Stang, but the rear quarter interior panels are still crap.

Nice paint job too.

Steve



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do you have pictures of the new repo ones?

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Welcome to the forum from Arkansas...There is a thread on this somewhere but not sure how to retrieve it but am sure someone will be along shortly and take care of it for me
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imusa76;101390 Wrote:do you have pictures of the new repo ones?

I'll get some better full-size pics tomorrow when it gets light...
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caspianwendell;101395 Wrote:Welcome to the forum from Arkansas...There is a thread on this somewhere but not sure how to retrieve it but am sure someone will be along shortly and take care of it for me

Scott (Qcode351mach) has a website with all his interior resto videos. Good stuff. http://www.saturdaymorninggarage.com

Steve



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Lifizgud;101350 Wrote:Hi guys! Glad to find your forum! I have a 73 convertible that I am restoring, and just got some after-market interior rear quarter panels that don't have the correct holes for securing them. The originals are turning to powder on the surface. Does anyone have any ideas or techniques on how I could perhaps re-finish or re-coat the originals so I can just use those? I don't think just re-painting them would do, and I'm afraid to try to sand them in case they just keep going until they are gone... I'm looking at a product called Rainbow Fiberglass Protective Coating, but not sure if that is viable of if there are any other ideas...

Hi Lif,

Hope i can give you good advice on this one. Like you, i own a '73 vert, and was faced with the exact same problem with my original quarter trims(CREAM COLORED), powdering away with age.Even though i am a pro auto spraypainter, i would not really advise trying to refinish these old panels.

When they were new, the panels had a nice fake vinyl grain on them. You won't be able to reproduce that exact finish through spraypainting them. You can achieve a textured grain like finish which looks passable, but not original.Secondly, trying to paint over crumbling gelcoat is a big ask. Because the surface and below the surface is powdering, it's hard to get any paint to bind and stick on and last.If you insist on painting them, i would do a heavy sand back,and use 2 pak primer, or maybe even poly primers for a setup before using any color coats. In the US, there may be a special paint for this exact purpose, which i would not know about here in Australia where i live.

It would be cheaper and easier to refinish your new aftermarket trims with the color of your choice than trying to retore the old originals, but i decided to go with what i think is a better looking practical idea that's been done before by other Mustang owners in the past.

SO! Here's what i did. I took my original trims to a local top quality trimmer, and had him retrim them with a beautiful off white vinyl that matched the color of the door pads perfectly. They came up beautifully, and look a million dollars. He simply glued the new vinyl onto the old gelcoat after a heavy sand down and sealer applied.

I think the end result looks more classy that the original factory finish. So that would be the way i would go if i were you. The all up cost for the whole job was close to $350.00 Australian, and was very much well worth it. With all that labor and materials involved with repainting, retrimming is the best way to go in my opinion.

Hope that helped, GregSmile

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#10
I have saved a few flaking trim pieces like that with Polyprimer (high fill polyester primer) like Austin Vert suggested. It's very labor intensive , but will last forever.
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