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Door Panel Leather Sagging - **FIX**

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Old 01-04-2010, 09:25 PM   #21
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mine is holding up as well as the day it was redone...

the sections on both of my door panels are great, no bubbling or seperation of its bond at all....

on the day that i did it, it was about 80 degrees outside with a moderate breeze and i had the car parked under a tree....

if i had to offer any quick tips on this for you guys, they would be:

***when u rub the desintigrated padding off, do the best u can possibly do so those fibers beneath can be exposed and allow the cement to bond well....

***your first initial cement layers on both the back on the leather and on the door panel section need to be nice and heavy/thick....

***after applying your layers of cement, u MUST allow anough time for it to dry and become tacky....you can tell by touching it - it should want to stick to your dry finger tip but NOT leave a wet-like residue on your finger...can take anywhere from 15-30 mintues amybe more depending on the humidity and/or air circulation...

good luck to those getting ready to do this and post all questions up if u have any....
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:50 AM   #22
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Well I'm holding off this week due to cold temps here in florida, it's not above 65 which the can says you need for it to work properly and to cure.
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:10 AM   #23
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Great info! I'll have to bookmark this just in case.
One thing though, I'm pretty sure the piece in the door is not leather but a material made to look like leather. More like Pleather.....plastic-leather.
The only leather in our cars is the part of the seat we sit in. The rest is made of Pleather.
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:06 PM   #24
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ya you are right...

its much easier to refer to it as leather in order for everyone to understand what we are talking about....

the material being glued back is pleather which is a man-made fabric made to resemble leather at a cheaper cost....

if i had to guess how they got the word, i would say plastic-leather = pleather LOL!
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Old 01-05-2010, 04:22 PM   #25
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very nice man, thanks alot...ill have to remember this for when mine starts to sag, i just noticed a bubble in the leather on my passenger door so this will be nice for if it starts to get worse
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:09 AM   #26
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thanks for the info, both of my doors are sagging like old b00bies lol. I will do this once it gets a little warmer. And as someone stated earlier the Texas and florida heat seems to take a toll on these doors pretty bad.

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Old 01-15-2010, 12:50 PM   #27
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I just did this, here is my 2 cents.

The major problem I had was as the weather was too cold here in florida so I had to wait 2 weeks, meanwhile the leather pulled off the bottom seam along the arm rest. Do not allow this to happen!!

You can't get that bottom seam back in the way it came from the factory. In hindsight I probably would not put CC on the bottom edge if the leather was completely pulled away from the edge. You can't slide in the bottom edge back into the crease with CC on it. I tried a putty knife with limited success. Now the top edge has too much material since you can't get the bottom edge in. It looks alright, much better than hanging off.

Once yours starts to pull off from the door, tackle it, don't let it get worse, will only make it much harder imho.

I would go wild with the tape, tape up everything, the whole arm rest, under the arm rest etc. I only used the small brush, no need for the big one. I used a brush to get the old glue off, very easy to do..

Lets see if she holds, but overall I"m very happy, it's much better than hanging off.
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:26 PM   #28
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Thumbs up Thank you so much!

I traded in my 05 V6 on a Ford Certified Pre-Owned 05 GT. 2 days later the panel started falling off in the Florida heat and when I contacted the dealership they said that the panel was not covered under the warranty.

I bitched and moaned that it should not have passed the CPO 169-point inspection but I was wasting my breath.

Anyway, this seems like a great fix and I'm going to do it tomorrow.

Thank you thank you thank you!
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Old 05-09-2010, 02:27 AM   #29
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I traded in my 05 V6 on a Ford Certified Pre-Owned 05 GT. 2 days later the panel started falling off in the Florida heat and when I contacted the dealership they said that the panel was not covered under the warranty.

I bitched and moaned that it should not have passed the CPO 169-point inspection but I was wasting my breath.

Anyway, this seems like a great fix and I'm going to do it tomorrow.

Thank you thank you thank you!
good luck....yes its a simple fix if done correctly.....take your time.....post up some pics.....
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I had never heard of this separation problem before. My car is garage kept, but will keep it in mind if it ever happens to me. No wonder I come here everyday...live and learn.
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cool man, one day I'm sure I'll have to do this to my car
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The pass side of mine came off 2 weeks ago, so last week I glued it back on. This time was much easier since the bottom seam was still in tack. Now that I had experience from the drivers side this time it only took me 25 mins from start to finish. My drivers side is still going strong after I fixed it, one bubble but I think that was caused by me but it looks fine. My car is going on 4 years old so I don't get upset over little things any more. Once the top edge starts to peal off, then tackle it immediately.
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Old 06-02-2010, 07:53 PM   #33
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Thumbs up THANK YOU!

I know this post is old, but Praise The Lord...it was a prayer answered, and save me tons of money. May The Lord bless you for sharing your solution.

Seriously, my door panel looks better than the day I bought it!
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:23 PM   #34
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that why i left the pictures hosted because even tohugh its old, it will still help those on this site :-) glad everything worked out for you
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!! My whole pleather piece from the top part was hanging all the way down over the arm rest. I left it like that because Ford told me that I had to order a whole new door panel. My mom was bored at work one day and decided to do some research on how to fix it and ran across this one after going to a couple other sites. I went today and bought the contact cement and did it. It literally took me about 10 to 15 minutes to do the passenger side. My car door looks so good again. It will not be long before I have to do the other side, but decided to wait to do it so that I can show my husband how I did it. Once again thank you to the original poster for posting this. It saved me a ton of money and time.
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:08 PM   #36
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This thread should be a "Sticky" in the "How To" section. Very useful to all S197 members.
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:37 PM   #37
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Holy crap! Ford Dealer wanted to charge me $150 for this very same repair...Looks like I'll have a few extra bucks in my pocket for, well, whatever. lol GREAT DIY!!
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glad its still helping you all :-)

i plan on leaving the pics hosted forever lol
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Old 07-23-2010, 10:50 PM   #39
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Thanks for the great suggestions, I used the Contact Cement and the panels are holding fine as of today, in the Louisiana heat.
I have had several other mechanical issues with my car including a noisy differential, repaired 4 times by FixOrRepairDaily, and the latest was replacement of the throttle bodie. The door panels were the last straw.

I will be replacing my Mustang with a Toyota or Chevy truck.

By the way I have been a loyal FORD owner for 30+ years, 3 Mustangs, 3 Thunderbirds, Crown Vic ect,ect.
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Thanks for the great suggestions, I used the Contact Cement and the panels are holding fine as of today, in the Louisiana heat.
I have had several other mechanical issues with my car including a noisy differential, repaired 4 times by FixOrRepairDaily, and the latest was replacement of the throttle bodie. The door panels were the last straw.

I will be replacing my Mustang with a Toyota or Chevy truck.

By the way I have been a loyal FORD owner for 30+ years, 3 Mustangs, 3 Thunderbirds, Crown Vic ect,ect.
Have you looked at the TSB on Toyotas or paid attention to their recalls? I wouldn't jump ship so quickly!
Sounds like to me, perhaps you got a lemon. You realize there are lemons in EVERY car brands.
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