420GSi door panels.

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420GSi door panels.

#1 Post by Stan Thomas » Mon Jun 20, 2022 12:23 pm

Good afternoon all,

As my 420 inner door panels are suffering from "billowing sail" syndrome (i.e. the fabric covering of the centre sections have become un-glued) is does appear rectification is something I may be able to do as a D.I.Y. job.

That said however, are these centre sections removable from the rest of the door panels so they can be recovered seperately?

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Re: 420GSi door panels.

#2 Post by Vinny1979 » Mon Jun 20, 2022 5:48 pm

Yes I believe they are mounted to a panel with flat pin on that fold around slots on the inside of the panel

You unfold them all and slide them out then fix your fabric problem

I think
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#3 Post by Montegoman » Mon Jun 20, 2022 7:31 pm

I believe Stan is referring to his HH/R 420. I am not sure that it is as easy to replace the fabric as on an R8.
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Re: 420GSi door panels.

#4 Post by itcaptainslow » Tue Jun 21, 2022 12:00 am

I’m unsure how easy it would be to get a decent finish on a DIY basis. A friend of mine had a trimmer at the Lotus specialist I use (Allon White in Cranfield) retrim his HHR door cards with great results, and a superb match of the material. It looks factory.
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