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· walking is for the poor
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Project Name
How To: Add suede to your door inserts

Project Description
Removal of door inserts and recover them with suede

Skill Level


Project Vehicle
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Colorado
Year: 2005
Engine: 3.5L
Transmission: Automatic
Power windows: Yes
Sun Roof: No

Tools Needed
Suede Fabric
Philips Screwdriver
½” Screws
Dremel with a wire wheel
Plastic washers
Can of 3M Trim Adhesive

Project Time
1.5-2 Hours

Project Cost

Step 1.
Start by removing your door panels and detach wiring etc.

Step 2.

The door inserts are attached by quite a few plastics welds. I simply took my dremel and cut the top of the plastic weld leaving the stem attached.

It will look something like this after you cut off the top.

Step 3.

After you finish cutting all the tops off of the plastic welds, your going to want to go all the way around the edges with a screw driver and slip it in-between the plastic in and apply presure in order to separate the two pieces. (be careful not break anything)

Now you have the insert separated from the rest of the door panel.

Step 4.

With the insert separated from the rest of the door panel place your suede on top of the insert and cut around it leaving an extra inch around the sides.

Step 5.

Begin to cover half the insert with your spray adhesive. Let the adhesive sit for about 20 seconds so it begins to get tacky. (this will prevent the adhesive from soaking through)

Step 6.
Place the suede on top of the adhesive and start working the wrinkles out. Once you are happy with it do the other side the same way.

Trim around it.

Step 7.

After the insert is dry (about 30 minutes) your going to place in back on the door panel. I used ½” screws and screwed it right into the stems we removed the plastic weld from. I used some plastic washers in place where the screws were to long. (Be very careful not to go to far with the screw. If the screw goes just a mm to far it will result in having a small discolored indentation on your door panel.)

It should look like this on the other side.

Reinstall everything and your finished :)


· walking is for the poor
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Thanks guys. This was my first how to so I hope it makes sence. I have been wanting to make one for sometime but I wasn't really sure how I would write it up. I'm sure some of you guys could get it done a lot faster then it took me since I had to take brake in-between since my engery has been a lot lower since my surgery. Its a pretty sweet mod and makes you feel good that you did it your self for a lot less then you would have paid someone to do it for you. I would like to thank pschargs for all the help and many questions he answered for me. I would also like to tahnk who ever fixed some of the stuff on the how to.I'm pretty sure it was blurred.

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7inarow...i;ve seen a few guys smooth the dash but nobody cover it yet. it would be a HUGE pain in the ass. could def be done so doubt about that but would take quite a few screw ups to get it right. and is that a ferrari in the example pic? hahaha nice

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ahh...i didnt even notice that it says "lamborghini" on the dash haha.

DO IT YOURSELF. i'll chime in with advice and i'm sure others will too
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