After a long series of failed attempts at having someone do this for me I have decided to just do it myself. I have two extra door cards, so this first one is a test so I can figure out exactly what methods I want to use for the door cards I will use.
My game plan is to clean and dye the door cards, remove the inserts (which is a pain in the ass) and wrap them in either leather or alcantara.
Here is what I started with:
After dye and thorough cleaning:
The next step was to remove the insert. Being such an old door card the insert is actually glued down, as opposed to being removable like newer vehicles are. For this one I used a heatgun, scraper and a lot of time. Going forward I will use something along the lines of a hacksaw blade or something I can slide under the insert to cut the glue.
Here is the removed insert:
I am laying fiberglass over the back of the insert to make it more rigid when I wrap it. I am torn weather to fiberglass the front of it and smooth down, or just wrap over top of the original fabic. Thoughts anyone?