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> Sail Panel Vinyl Installation, ...Step-by-Step
post Jul 21 2004, 04:42 PM
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I searched the site for a step-by-step on installing sail panel vinyl. I found people who had done it but no detailed instructions to give you an idea of what’s involved and/or give you the tools to carry on for yourself. With cars that are 28-34 years old, I’m sure there’s more than a few of us driving around out there with peeling, unsightly sail panel vinyl. This is a “Big” job when done right. You’ll have a good portion of your car torn apart. Plan on a weekend where you prep one day and assemble the next. Here’s what it will take to get yours back to new.

Tools and Supplies:

 Phillips Head Screwdriver – Medium
 Phillips Head Screwdriver – Small
 Phillips Head Screwdriver – Short
 Flat Head Screwdriver – Medium
 8mm Socket with Long Extension
 10mm Socket
 17mm Socket
 Small 1” Putty Knife
 Utility Knife with Plenty of Sharp Blades
 Blue Masking Tape
 Regular Masking Tape
 Roll of Butchers Paper (or a bunch of newspapers)
 Spray Trim Adhesive
 Adhesive Remover
 Sail Panel Vinyl Kit (various vendors)

Step 1: Remove Trim

You’ll obviously need to take off all the trim pieces before digging into this task. Remove your (cars) top and start with the large pieces that trim the back of each sail panel. You may want to remove the rear wheel to access the 8mm nut underneath the car. This holds a clip that holds the trim piece at the base. There is one other mount and that’s a Phillips screw. Next would be the front side of the sail panel where you’ll need to remove the rubber weather strip at the back of the door and then remove the Phillips screws holding the mounting track. Use the putty knife to get under the mounting track trim piece as they are glued on with a nice sticky tar substance. I’ll let you work your way through the remaining pieces (basically un-screw, un-screw, un-screw…)
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Eric_Shea   Sail Panel Vinyl Installation   Jul 21 2004, 04:42 PM
Eric_Shea   Step 2: Remove Misc. Interior Pieces and Vinyl Yo...   Jul 21 2004, 04:43 PM
Eric_Shea   Here's another. You can still see some of the ...   Jul 21 2004, 04:44 PM
Eric_Shea   Step 3: Prep Prep is the most important part to a...   Jul 21 2004, 04:46 PM
Eric_Shea   Little balls of glue coming off...   Jul 21 2004, 04:47 PM
Eric_Shea   All clean and ready for adhesive...   Jul 21 2004, 04:48 PM
Eric_Shea   Step 4: Spraying on the Glue It all goes very fas...   Jul 21 2004, 04:48 PM
Eric_Shea   Top.   Jul 21 2004, 04:49 PM
Eric_Shea   Sail Panel.   Jul 21 2004, 04:50 PM
Eric_Shea   Step 5: Laying Down the Vinyl First you should re...   Jul 21 2004, 04:50 PM
Eric_Shea   Top and Side.   Jul 21 2004, 04:51 PM
Eric_Shea   Slices needed to allow the vinyl to bend...   Jul 21 2004, 04:52 PM
Eric_Shea   Other Side...   Jul 21 2004, 04:53 PM
Eric_Shea   Step 6: Trimming the Vinyl Next you simply trim o...   Jul 21 2004, 04:54 PM
Eric_Shea   Trimmed out...   Jul 21 2004, 04:55 PM
Eric_Shea   Test fit the trim pieces to gauge final cuts.   Jul 21 2004, 04:56 PM
Eric_Shea   Here's a shot of the final bottom area that ne...   Jul 21 2004, 04:57 PM
Eric_Shea   Trimmed...   Jul 21 2004, 04:58 PM
Eric_Shea   Step 7: Put it all Back Together Not much I can t...   Jul 21 2004, 05:00 PM
Jenny   Looks awesome. Nice write up as well. You could be...   Jul 21 2004, 05:02 PM
Dave_Darling   Instant classic, IMHO!!   Jul 21 2004, 05:06 PM
Porsche Rescue   Eric, is that the six you're going to sell me ...   Jul 21 2004, 05:12 PM
Eric_Shea   No... $19,900.00 and you better be nice to he...   Jul 21 2004, 05:17 PM
Eric_Shea   Thanks Jen and Dave.   Jul 21 2004, 05:17 PM
Jeroen   Great write up and great pics! This is a class...   Jul 21 2004, 05:24 PM
StratPlayer   Great job Eric, that car is gonna be SWEET when it...   Jul 21 2004, 06:07 PM
Eric_Shea   I'm envious!! As you can see... I...   Jul 21 2004, 06:17 PM
brant   Eric, that would be a VERY fun trip... when you...   Jul 21 2004, 07:19 PM
914rick   Eric, GREAT write-up/instructions ;) Thanks.   Jul 21 2004, 08:08 PM
mikey   Great write-up :trophy: I'll be doing this m...   Jul 21 2004, 08:37 PM
East coaster   Great job and great write up, but I'll never u...   Jul 21 2004, 08:47 PM
Gint   Nice write up Eric. I'll definitely be able t...   Jul 21 2004, 09:13 PM
Eric_Shea   Thanks all! If anyone has any questions, fee...   Jul 21 2004, 09:38 PM
Porsche Rescue   No vinyl, no $$$$$$ ...   Jul 21 2004, 09:45 PM
Eric_Shea   seeeeeeeeee... told ya so, told ya so. :shades:   Jul 21 2004, 09:52 PM
Lawrence   Eric, Nice write-up... I second/third/whatever th...   Jul 22 2004, 05:22 AM
lmcchesney   Nicely done Eric. Nicely done. L. McC   Jul 22 2004, 06:13 AM
  Jul 22 2004, 07:29 AM
brant   Eric, when you think of it later and have the ti...   Jul 22 2004, 01:08 PM
rpc   Very helpful writeup. A couple of quick questions....   Nov 9 2016, 10:04 AM
Eric_Shea   Very helpful writeup. A couple of quick questions...   Nov 22 2016, 09:11 AM
rpc   Thanks Eric. I bought some 3M Super Trim Adhesive ...   Nov 22 2016, 10:47 AM
Toast   Thank you for posting Eric! Its time to redo ...   Nov 9 2016, 04:49 PM
flat4guy   Wow, excellent write up, thank you.   Nov 18 2016, 02:36 PM

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