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Hi folks ~

I just fixed a loose door handle on my '84 300TD. The liner fell right off as soon as I removed the panel. The clear plastic liner is in decent shape, but the glue is worthless -- little bits of hard yellow crap.

What's a good glue to reattach the liner? I'm sure the old glue will come off with lacquer thinner, just like the hood pad glue did :rolleyes:

Also, it seems I can just cut a piece of thick plastic to fit, as long as I get the holes right. I don't know much about plastic sheeting. Any recommendations?

Thanks muchly.

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Randall,

I have done this many times. Just get a piece of plastic (6 mil maybe). Actually, a leaf bag or sturdy trash bag would work. Pre-fit and cut appropriate holes. Wipe down door with some solvent. Lacquer thinner will work, but something less hot will do just fine. You just want to remove dirt and grease, not the old glue. Get a can of spray glue at the hardware store. Follow directions on the can. It will probably tell you to spray both surfaces to be glued and wait 10-15 minutes. Line up the plastic sheet to you the proper holes and apply. I have one car that I did this to about 15 years ago. Recently installed a keyless remote in that door and the plastic sheet was tight as can be against the door.

Tom

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I've always thrown it away - seems kind of silly to me.

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I use 3M Adhesive Cleaner to clean the area (and remove the old glue if you want) and 3M Super Weatherstrip Adhesive to glue on the sheeting.

As far as the reason for the film, it keeps water, which leaks along the windows, within the confines of the door, where it can migrate to the drains. It also protects the back side of the door panel. I have had a couple interesting problems when this barrier is breached. I had a new '79 Jaguar XJ-6L. In a heavy rain storm water was leaking into the interior through three of the four doors. When I removed the door panels, the diligent workers at the factory had forgot the plastic sheeting. Also, on my 2000 Golf, I had a similar leak on the driver's door. The VWs don't use plastic - the entire inner door is a bolt on shhet metal panel with a gasket (very nicely done I must say). I had damaged the gasket when replacing a door lock. So, the bottom line is that the seal, plastic or otherwise, is an important water barrier.

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Door panel plastic liner 7 glue

As a beginner with MB products, still without a service manual, is there a more or less standard approach to removing the door panels?

I saw the note about the plastic sheet liner and have to agree completely that it's an important part. I other cars I have owned, the were usually made of tar-treated cardboard, and the bottom ends had tabs wich tucked in to areas whicl directed injested water to the proper drain area.

Don't just leave them out. :o

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