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This page includes some of my Commissioned Artwork, Tutorials and some Photos I've taken of my car. I'll be updating this page in the next couple days. I hope I'm able to help anyone with questions! Thanks for taking a look!
Please take a look at some of my artwork. I've been doing commissioned illustrations and portraits of cars and people for several years now.
Let me tell you, having a one of a kind drawing of your car, especially if you've got a show car on your hands, is a great way to preserve all of the hard work you've put into it. Displaying an illustration next to all your trophies is a great finishing touch to an award winning car.
I've done many drawings for people who want to remember a car they once had, or a car they dream of owning some day.
If you are interested, go ahead and leave me a comment here on cardomain or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOOR PANEL INSERT TUTORIAL:
I've had a few questions on how I did the door inserts on my Integra. I figured I'd explain how, with this tutorial. Depending on what car you plan on doing this to the time will vary. The tutorial my get lengthy in spots but I am only trying to lend my advice and findings from my research and personal doing to make it easier for you. Enjoy! :)
ETA: 3 hrs.
Before starting make sure you have your choice of fabric. That's kind of a give in... It wouldn't hurt to measure the area you'll be covering before making a run to your local fabric store either. I'm not an expert on all types of fabric out there, but the one I used in my Integra is an outdoor fabric that resists fading. This is a good idea because if you've ever looked at a car with some nice Sparco or Recaro racing seats, that have seen the sun for a few years... They're faded! Now, for all of you with tinted windows, you're lucky because you'll have some sun coverage and this won't matter much. This is just my advice though. If it makes sense to you then great! Hopefully it does. So you've measured the area in your car and you've got an idea of the color you want to go with... Let's head to the fabric store! It may be worth while to bring a paint swatch to match.
Fabric is sold by the yard, so keep that in mind. You'll be buying at least one yard of the fabric you choose. For my Integra I bought three yards... just for comfort, incase I messed up. You will also need a can of all purpose Spray Adhesive. Fabric stores may have a fabric cloth adhesive, but I haven't looked before. I got some 3M Spray Adhesive at my local Auto store. The last few materials you'll need to have ready are: a pair of Scissors, Razor Blade, and Credit Card.
Go ahead and remove the door panel from your car and clean it up! I would suggest using some soap and water for now. My Integra door panels took around 25 seconds to take off.
I'm not sure how all door panels are constructed, but I can tell you how an Integra door panel is formed. The door insert we are replacing is not a separate piece. The whole thing is formed and molded together. You DO NOT need to cut the panel or anything. There is a crease along the whole insert where the pading and top fabric is folded into and secured. This is all put together from the factory using the same kind of spray adhesive we'll be using. We want to remove the top layer of fabric and leave the bottom white pading.
Take your time with this! You don't want to rip or tear anything! SLOWLY pull back the fabric and remove it from the insert. Depending on what shape your door panels are in, the insert fabric may be loose and coming up in some spots giving you an upper hand on removal. If not, just get in the crease and slowly work up a corner of it and start pulling it back. Below is how your door panels should look after pealing back that old door insert. What a difference!
Take the door inserts you just removed and lay them over your new fabric. Take your Scissors and carefully cut around your "template". This is the most important step to take your time with. This picture shows me cutting around the template leaving about a 1/2". This is TOO MUCH. In a perfect world, you want the new piece of fabric to be exactly the same size! Just a little bigger won't hurt though. Don't worry about cutting out the opening for the door handle until we have the new insert secured to the door panel.
For this next step you want to go outside or out to the garage. Time to bring out that Spray Adhesive. Let me tell you from my experience, this stuff does not come off very easy. Cover any area of the door panel you don't want to be sticky. Give the white pading on the door panel a good coat of adhesive. Flip the new insert over and spray the back of it as well. Read the can of spray adhesive to make sure... but I do believe it needs just a few minutes to set up before you stick everything together.
Carefully place the new insert into position and begin by smoothing everything out from the center. Take your Credit Card out and tuck the insert into the crease around it. Take your time and make sure everything is snug. Let the door panel sit for at least 10 mins. before taking your Razor Blade and cutting out the opening for the door handle. Finish by taking some soap and water again and cleaning up the door panel from any overspray or loose threads.
I think you know what the last step is... Install your finished door panels with an excellent looking insert!
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