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    any ideas on how to fix this problem?.....

    Hey guys, it's me again. Im making my door skins removable but at the moment with the door skin just sitting on , it doesn't seem to line up in the middle, it dose at the TOP and BOTTOM.... it's sort of dips in in the middle which I hope you can see from the picture. Anyhow I have a couple of different ways in which I feel I can repair this but I'm open to opinions thank you .ps if you need more pictures I'd be happy
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    Hello ,



    Hello Minihawn
    Should other pictures, above, below, to see or allignements are good, and define the places do again.
    an overall picture hindsight.


    he'll have to probably cut.




    See you soon.


    Christophe

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    Ok thank u

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    Hello, I have had this problem many times with different bodies. The way to repair this is to determine what the contour of the panel should be (look at the other side and match). Then, with a cutoff wheel slice the panel horizontally into ~2" strips. Use small metal brackets from the outside to match the contour on the correct panel. Remove the whole panel and fiberglass from the back side. Remove brackets and fastners you installed on the front side. Fill and sand. No easy way to make this right. This is so typical of the kind of thing that people choose to just leave alone because it is too much work. Those that choose to fix this, will typically put on gallons of filler and this is a mistake. Don't do that, it will shrink and possibly crack over time.

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    hope this helps
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    Yeah pretty much need to cut up the door to eliminate the curvature

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    Any "cut" suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FerrariXXXman View Post
    Hello, I have had this problem many times with different bodies. The way to repair this is to determine what the contour of the panel should be (look at the other side and match). Then, with a cutoff wheel slice the panel horizontally into ~2" strips. Use small metal brackets from the outside to match the contour on the correct panel. Remove the whole panel and fiberglass from the back side. Remove brackets and fastners you installed on the front side. Fill and sand. No easy way to make this right. This is so typical of the kind of thing that people choose to just leave alone because it is too much work. Those that choose to fix this, will typically put on gallons of filler and this is a mistake. Don't do that, it will shrink and possibly crack over time.
    will keep u updated on it. Thanks

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    You can always heat the door skin, clamp it to a piece of metal that has the right profile bent into it, or a piece of timber cut to profile. The top or bottom will probably be out, but shouldn't be much.
    I reshaped a cobra bonnet the other day by leaving it in the sun for a few hours, & then clamped it to its new frame, it was a nice 38c' day outside, worked great.
    Cheers Jose'

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    what is the actual width of the area that doesnt match up? it looks like about 3/8 of an inch or so. If thats the approximate width that the skin is off you can rough sand the door and use Duraglass or short strand fiberglass filler to fill in the door and shape it to the quarter panel. Final fill with a thin coat of polyester filler. This is my process when matching panels. in all custom builds panels are matched like this to create the best fit and clean up gaps.
    heres a good video, But on a fiberglass car if you have a deep area to fill your base filler should be a short strand fiberglass filler. if its minimal (no more than 3mm) you can use standard filler.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gms-PS2GcOE
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