Customizing your car is the best way of making it stand out from the crowd. We’ve already looked a couple of ways you can really make your car unique with custom decals and wrapping your car. But both of these techniques focus on the exterior of the vehicle – don’t get me wrong, looks are pretty damn important – but I think it’s about time we start looking at how to customize the interior. So today we’re looking at how to make custom door panels.
Now don’t freak out, the interior always seems like it could be potentially the most expensive part of the customized look, but what if I could tell you that you could do it yourself. I came across this guy on YouTube, his name is James Dguy and his channel is pretty popular. In this video, he’s going to show you how to create your very own custom door panels – and install them.
What I love most about this is how Dguy isn’t just changing the material but is creating some pretty cool custom designs for his kids too. And his technique means you can individually design each door for very little cost.
Whether you’re looking to spruce up an old car or customize your current project, this is a fantastic and cost-effective way of adding that little touch of personality everyone wants. In case you didn’t quite get everything in the video, here’s a brief step-by-step guide that’s easy to remember:
- Remove the whole door panel
- Take out the section you’re going to be customizing
- Remove the fabric from the panel
- Use the old fabric as a template on the new material.
- Create your own custom design by adding stenciled drawings to the fabric, or keep it simple with a plain color
- Reapply the fabric using a spray adhesive – this bit can be a pain so take your time
- Once the fabric has dried in place, it’s time to glue the section back in place
- Reattach the door panel
Things to remember:
- Be careful when removing the panel, some of the plastic parts can break quite easily
- Keep all your screws handy and don’t lose any of the pieces
- When you’re cutting out your pattern, allow a little bit of extra room around the edges
- For a really cool effect, use a plain fabric and design your own stencil, and if you are using a stencil then make sure the fabric is nice and taut
- When applying you’re newly designed fabric, it’s best to start at the bottom and slowly work your way up.
Have you tried this yourself? How easy did you find the tutorial, what issues did you have and how did you fix them? I’d love to see the designs you came up with!