Time to do a small (hopefully) project for myself. I have a 2007 Malibu where all four doors have the vinyl cracking and one door had the fabric pulling away from the insert. I thought ,"well how hard can it be"... lol
The door panel has a lot of curvature to it. I removed one door panel and pulled the vinyl off. On the main section of the door, the vinyl peeled away from the backing material.. The backing is not fabric. It is like a pvc material about 1/16 inch thick, not really foam. That seems well glued down. The insert seems to have a very thin foam under it. I found some other people in a goodgle search where that area is a problem for may different vehicles. Kind of like what headliners end up doing. The foam deteriorates and that is the end.
I am concerned fabric backed vinyl will not make the curves. They have 4way stretch vinly but it is a little pricy. I am wonderinf if they make a quality vinyl for auto use that does not have a backing? It seems like something like that would be easy to heat and stretch to fit around pronounced curves. Should i try to remove the backing that is still seemingly stuck pretty good? or just glue over?
On the insert, the piece is like a formed fiber piece. Not very substantial. Should i clean and reuse or is there and alternative material that would work well? Would the best foam be something like headliner material?