now lets start making a panel
the first thing i did was take the foam and rough cut out the shape of the panels.
next i transfered my design onto the cardboard(sorry no pics of that).then cut my foam to the design and glued it to the cardboard with the spray adhesive.it ended up looking like this.
at this point you are ready to cover the panel with the fabric.cut you fabric about 1 1/2" or so bigger than the panel.you can trim it later.spray the adhesive on both,the vinyl and panel.
for those that don't know,you need to let the adhesive set-up for a few minutes before you stick the 2 together.it should feel dry to the touch and not transfer glue to your finger.
once the glue is ready,i take the wax paper i mentioned earlier and laid it over the panel.
this lets you lay the fabric over the panel without it sticking together.i started in the middle and worked out.
pull the vinyl tight while working the 2 pieces together,using your hand to smooth out the vinyl as you go.also,keep pulling the wax paper down as you work the vinyl.
after i have the vinyl laid down,i took a credit card and a wooden shim and worked the vinyl tight into the groove.
and here is the final product
tomorrow i will lay it in the sun and see if that will help tighten everything up.
so with a little thought and some creativity you can make your own door panels.it's time consuming,but all in all it's a pretty easy job that anyone can do.