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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-03-2016, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Replace interior quarter trim panels. does anyone have direct experience?

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okay so the short of it is that i scratched my quarter trim panels by resting my tonneau cover on them. i had no idea that it would result in the type of damage it did. for me it has been a rock in my shoe and i am trying to figure out the best way to repair or cover it. one option i thought of using was some grip tape squares to cover the scratches. i have looked at every possible online solution but nothing really seems it will work. bottom line they are not going away.

i am also considering replacing them. the questions i am trying to determine are 1. if i do replace it will it be the same in terms of the way it comes from the factory and 2. how involved is that replacement? seems the rear seatbelt and airbag are in that panel.

i am worried that if i replace them, they wont seat as cleanly and as tightly as they come from the factory. does anyone or has anyone attempted or replaced these specific parts? have been racking my brain on this one for quite awhile and any help would be sooooo appreciated! bummed i scratched them but hoping i can find a solution.

here is a link to the quarter panel from mopar.

http://www.moparpartssource.com/a/Je.../i2328760.html

the part i would replace is #1
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Plenty of places in the Bay area for that. Just search dash or vinyl repair.
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thank you for the reply. i have been to a few places. nothing on being able to repair it but suggested replacing or covering up with the soft side of velcro etc. i would do it on my own except i am worried that it would seat as tightly or feel loose.

one of my rules is not to replace anything at all. so i am leaning toward the grip tape cover up, which i would do evenly on both sides. i think it could give it a nice look if done correctly, but if i can replace it i will only if i know it will look exactly the same along the seam lines etc. cost is about 130 for the panel.

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Compared to the inside of my KL, those look new ;-)

If a strip of velcro would cover it (and also be a place to rest the cover in the future) then that sure seems like a reasonable fix. If it did not last or you decided you didn't like it, you could still go for the replacement option.

Also, maybe a product like Mother's Back to Black or similar might be a quick fix.

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I know how you feel, @Arct1c4x4. That scarring would bother me, too. Unfortunately, the flexible plastic parts of our interiors are not very forgiving when it comes to scratches; the leather-grain texture makes invisible repairs nearly impossible. Mother's Back to Black might restore a gloss to the scratch temporarily, but it won't address the disruption of the grain pattern. And when the product slowly evaporates out of the plastic surface, the dull scratch will again be conspicuous.

You could try the tape/adhesive solution, but I predict you won't be satisfied with it over the long term. You could try one of those vinyl repair kits that includes little jars of "paint" that you apply, then use one of the graining squares to imprint a grain texture in the paint.

If I were in your shoes, I would go the replacement route without hesitation. The piece is designed with all the reinforcements, slots, tabs, etc. to quickly snap in place on the assembly line and it's produced by the thousands. As long as you remove the damaged piece slowly and carefully, so as not to distort its neighbors, you should be able to replicate a factory fit.

I don't think airbags should be a concern. When all of mine deployed in my accident, the ones in that area came out of the headliner and seats.

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SkipW! thanks man appreciate the reply... i tried 303 with no real change. thought about mothers.... man i have learned everything i can about vinyl scratches and then some and bottom line i think the cover up is the best bet and then go to replacement like you mentioned. that was going to be my game plan. and you are right on the idea of having the velcro there to rest the cover on in the future, so in a way it could be useful.

Graphicswizard, great call on the replacement. i i appreciate the reply. i do like the idea of replacing it. your description of replicating a factory fit was exactly what i was looking for and hoping for. seems like it could and should work.

now if i could only get rid of my TH OCD! id be back in business.

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Do you ArmourAll it? It looks pretty shiny, but it could just be the lighting and angle. Something that gives it a 'wet' look might help hide it, but as with other products people mentioned it would only be a temporary solution. Plus, any 'product' would need applied all over similar panels for everything to match.

I used to be nit-picky of everything on my vehicle when I first bought it. It took a while, but I learned to let some things go. I have a scratch on my Driver's Side A-pillar trim among other things when I bought it. It bugged me a while, impossible to fix without replacing, but I used my fingernail to make it lay to where it doesn't look so bad. Eventually, you'll come to the realization that if you're actually going to use your vehicle, it's not going to look like a show car and will acquire nicks over time. You can spend hundreds or thousands trying to replace parts to keep it pristine, but something else will happen, or the new plastics won't match your already UV faded panels, or you cause another problem trying to fix another cosmetic issue.

One of the reasons I haven't really considered taking my door panels off for speaker upgrades is that I currently have no squeaks or rubbing. In my past experience with cars, the plastic trim tabs never secure as well once removed and each time you remove them the splines get worse. Something to consider unless you want to buy new sets of trim tabs.


I write all of this, but in my opinion what it really comes down to is that scratch is in the back of your vehicle, out of sight to drivers and passengers, and probably not even that noticeable to the rare person [other than you] that accesses the rear hatch. It probably will get scratched again by some cargo you haul in the future or slipping up while re-installing the tonneau cover. I'd leave it be.

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RT everything you said is on my other shoulder! appreciate the reply..... i have been back and forth on this for quite awhile and it kills me that i wasnt more careful putting in the T cover. moving too quickly as i tend to do.

i know 2 or 3 years down the line id be okay with it, because by then im sure ill have alot of other imperfections. hard to look at it daily though. arrrrrrr

thanks for your thoughts!
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Do you really look at it Daily? I might get into mine once a week. Sounds like you really use your cargo area or you're trying to talk yourself into buying a new panel.

I usually don't even look at those windows. They're so small you don't even see they exist in the rear-view mirror and I hardly acknowledge them unless I'm packing stuff in above the bottom of the window line or playing with the Tonneau cover. I actually ended up just permanently removing my Tonneau unless I know I might want it to obscure something.

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FYI: I had that panel in and out of my Nitro numerous times. Once you know the order of removing all the pieces, and know the position of the retaining clips, it's a piece of cake. I have read on this forum of members replacing the Factory Alpine sub, so there may be instructions on how to remove it. The nitroforumz showed me how to remove it; members swapping out their sub.

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