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#1 Old 03-06-2017
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Another door panel glued

I know others have posted their experiences of dealing with their interior door panels becoming unglued but I thought I'd post mine with pics in case it helps someone; as you'll see, there was a (minor) wrinkle you can avoid if you don't do what I did! It's my first time posting with pics, so apologies if I don't get it right. This was the problem, on my passenger door...the panel had become unglued so it kind of flopped around a bit and generally looked bad:

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I decided to use this Gorilla Super Glue:

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I figured why not let the glue set for 24 hours, just to be sure? So I found a shim to keep pressure on the glue joint without my having to hold it. The shim I used? A door stop:

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I put a thin line of glue on the greenish-colored part of the foam behind the floppy door panel (see pic above), which kind of looked like it was where glue had formerly been used to hold the panel in place. Then I pushed the panel into the door and held it for a few minutes, letting the glue set. Then I closed the door, keeping pressure on it the best I could, and stuck the shim into place, like this:

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If you do this, keep in mind you will have to climb over to the other seat in order to exit the vehicle using the other door, unless of course you opt to stay in the car overnight. The next day I opened the door to remove the shim, and bingo! The door panel stayed glued in place, yay! But, uhhh...the soft door panel was visibly indented with the ridges from the shim, arrgh:

shim indented door.jpg

It wasn't too bad because when the door's closed it's hidden by the dash, but still I thought oh why didn't I think of that?? I could have easily stuck in a towel or something to keep that from happening! I pressed around the indentations to try to smooth it out, without much effect. But I thought well, it'll probably lessen over time. And sure enough, I took this pic 9 days later, and the indentations are gone:

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It's been about 3 weeks now since I applied the glue, and so far it's holding well. Happy gluing, everyone!

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Nice job.I had mine done twice already. Hope it holds for a couple of years.
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Mine was far more extensive. The arm-rests were also loose. I think that it's age-related. The green "spray-type" adhesive used by Mercedes during production simply fails with age. I took both door panels off and used and after abrading the failed surfaces, I used a similar spray-on adhesive that conditioned after 10-15 minutes ready for the two pieces to be brought together. (It foams-up initially, then starts to break-down) It lead to a very powerful bond, similar to the original. Your wedge? good idea! I make my own out of simple pieces of wood, cut at an angle (you get two from one piece of wood! LOL!) Do you know where they are really useful? Well, to remove the door panels! (Inserted at the bottom)

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