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Removing The Plastic Dust Cover On A Typical Car Door

After Removing The Door Panel, The Dust Cover May Be Removed To Reach Components Inside The Door.

In This Article:

A sharp knife is used to cut the glue holding the plastic dust cover to the car door.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 5 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician

Start:

After the door panel was removed (read about this Jeep...) there was a plastic dust cover stuck to the metal door shell. Car door with panel removed, dust cover visible.

 

Removing plastic dust cover from car door by cutting glue with sharp knife. I used a razor knife to cut the glue as I pulled on the plastic sheet.

It's important to keep light tension on the plastic sheet... the glue cuts easier and the plastic is less likely to be cut.

 

By careful cutting, I was able to remove the dust cover without damaging it. Pulling car door dust cover away from metal shell.

 

Car door inside view, with dust cover removed. View of metal door shell without dust cover. Now the parts inside the door can be reached, such as the window mechanism, door locks, speakers, etc.

 

Re-Installing The Dust Cover:

When I put the dust cover back on the door, I first align the plastic sheet with the glue marks that are still on the metal door shell.

I apply a couple pieces of masking tape at the top of the dust cover to hold it in position. Then I just replace the door panel. Over time the dust cover will again stick to the metal, especially after warm weather softens the glue.

I don't normally glue the dust cover because there is too much chance of getting glue on the interior of the car.

If I HAD TO glue the dust cover back in place, I would probably use automotive weatherstrip adhesive or a spray can of trim adhesive, because these products stay flexible after they dry.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Sharp Knife or Razor Blade

Materials Used:

  • None

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Written September 24, 2008