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    In my search for good door cards for my 504 TI I have ended up with two full sets plus a couple more. Most of these are quite good and a few are near perfect. The most common issue with them seems to be where the bottom part of the fibreboard/cardboard (?) has been wet over the years and has started to rot. This makes it hard or impossible to keep the clips in their holes but I have used duct tape to help locate the clips with reasonable success.

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    Anyhow, I was wondering if it's possible to take the door trims to a motor trimmer and get the trim attached to a new card. Does anyone have any experience with this?
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    Yes very possible. And probably not out of the range of home DIY
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    I replaced the cards on my 404 a little while ago with some plastic card from the local plastics place ,i pealed the vinyl off the cardboard ,and re attached to plastic ,i found that the contact adhesive i used reacted with the vinyl until it dried, so ended up gluing it only were it came around the rear of the card ,i can have a look on the branding of that sheet on the bit i have left .pugs

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    The door cards in my R12 are made from masonite so a trip to the green shed should get you some material to make some new ones.

    Just remove the vinyl, all the studs and other fittings and use the old card as a template.
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    It's a DIY job.

    If you want a permanent repair use a sheet of aluminium with corflute on top. Trial fit to the door and fit the clips. Alternatively use a couple of layers of 3mm foam, slightly thicker aluminium (18g?) and delete the corflute.

    Cut the aluminium and the corflute to size , wrapping duct tape of the edge of the corflute gives a clean edge. Glue the aluminium and corflute together.

    Aluminium backing holds the clip properly and never rots out. The corflute/aluminium combination is thin enough to look original.

    Take the original vinyl off old the fibre rotten backing

    Glue 3mm foam over the corflute Then put the original vinyl over the top only gluing on the rear side edges. Buy a bucket of bulldog document clips from Office Jerks and clip the the vinyl up as test run. Then remove the clips one at time to glue.That way the vinyl stays tight and sag free. Don't glue the vinyl to the foam. Only glue on the back of the aluminium. Otherwise if won't slide and allow the sags to be pulled out.
    Warming the vinyl gently with hair dryer makes it supple.

    Trim stuff from here: Home

    Clips and Fasterners from here: JNS Australia Pty. Ltd. - Product catalogue

    Best to buy a clip that has plastic guide to fit to the door and something substantial to fit to the aluminium.
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    Thanks for all the tips.

    One thing I would need to consider is that the door cards need a slight curve from top to bottom to properly fit the doors. Any thoughts on this?
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    Maybe search for tips on YouTube, but I imagine the pros probably steam them and clamp them into the right shape then let them dry while clamped. You may find that with the right board, they will conform naturally when clipped/screwed in place.
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    If you use aluminium, roll the curve in by hand. A 240 L wheelie bin on it's side works well as a "former".

    If you purchase the heavy duty clips they will hold the trim to the door.

    As I recall 504s are a flat trim anyway. 404s certainly are flat.

    Is the curve you are seeing buckling due to age?
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    Yes, I'm almost certain they're flat. The backing board is fairly thin, and therefore flexible, and the trim clips hold it in place.

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    The door curves away at the bottom. Not a lot. If the material is flexible enough it would be fine.
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