I had to take the upholstery panel off the 24 T Coupe to reattach the window glass to the mechanism. The upholstery was from Carter's cut and Cover back in the 80's. They used ring shank nails buried behind the material. I got the panel off but now need to re-install it. Is there another way to hold the upholstery onto the wood frame that would be easier to remove should I need to do more work?
How about Velcro hook and loop fasteners?
Go to: www.McMastercar.com and type: "hook and loop fasteners" into the search box. Then to the left, choose "adhesive", then below that, "high strength"
The upholstery material covering the panel should wrap around the edge of the panel and be glued to the backside of the panel with contact cement. I would gently pull the flaps away from the back of the panel and remove the serrated nails. (it should not have been glued to the front of the panel or it might have bled through the upholstery fabric). Using contact cement, re-glue the flaps to the back side of the panel, pulling it tight as you go to get any wrinkles out. Position the panel on the door and lightly make the edge on the door so you will know where the edge is once the panel is set aside.
However you want to place the Velcro is up to you. You can use long strips or short strips. If it was me, I would attach long strips of the looped strip to the steel around the edge of the door just inside the mark you made and use short pieces of the hook strip on the upholstered panel. The short pieces might not stick too well to the fabric upholstery flaps so you might want to try attaching them with contact cement or sew them in place to the fabric flaps. Hopefully, it will do the job for you. Jim Patrick
PS. You can also look up "mushroom-head fasteners" on the www.mcmastercarr.com site. Mushroom head strips may be more durable and work by the same principle as velcro, but both opposing strips are identical and there is no need to purchase separate hook and loop strips...
Laird. What did you decide on?
I used smooth nails instead of the ring shank so I can get it off easily next time. I did tear the upholstery in a small area so I am looking into how to repair that. One thing after another.
Thanks for your advice.
Good idea. I'm glad you came up with a solution. You might be able to use a very small thin line of Elmer's white glue along the tear. It dries clear and is almost impossible to see once it is dry, but try it first on a concealed portion to be sure it does not dimple, or discolor your upholstery. Jim Patrick
Good idea. I'll try that. Thanks