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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2014, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Door panel felt installation?

I've almost completed the building of my door panels.
There's something that I didn't think about till now, how do you install the door panel felts? When I was taking apart my old door panels the felts were stapled to the metal. However, I don't have a staple gun that strong. Is there an alternate technique(s)?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2014, 02:51 PM
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Most people just straighten out the original staples to remove them. They then enlarge the holes the staple made with a small drill. Before sticking them through the felt and bending the original factory staples closed again.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2014, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately it's to late for that. Maybe I can take your suggestion of drilling larger holes and riveting the felts instead.

Edit: Or I could just buy staples or use the ones I already have to attach the felts using the method you suggested.

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What I used was aluminum rivets with their backings. I think I have a pic. of this.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2014, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I'm going to have to use rivets. I just realized that the aftermarket felts have holes drilled in them already. Good thing I already have the materials (rivets and washers) to get the job done. I had to use the rivets for attaching the metal to the hardboard anyway.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2014, 07:28 PM
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Aaron,
Can't you use the staples you removed? Forget about using a staple gun, you just drill the holes and stick the staples in, you then take a needle nose plier and twist the staple around the nose of the plier. Gives it a little loop effect like the stapler had given it.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2014, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Paul,

But as I said, the aftermarket felts already have holes drilled in them meant for screws or rivets. At this point it doesn't make sense to use the staples...also because those are long gone.

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