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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-31-2016, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Interior Door Panel stuck on 1972 Alfa 115 GTV

I am replacing my passenger side interior door panel. The driver side came of with no problems (however I thought I might not be able to install the new one - another story).

I removed ALL of the screws, and the panel swings freely away from the door pivoting on the horizontal chrome strip, bit it won't drop down. It appears to either be stuck after 44 years, or it is somehow attached under the chrome strip. Since the driver's side wasn, I don't think the passenger side is.

I tried running a thin new Bondo spreader between the panel and chrome strip. It world not fit at first. Then after several passes, it would slide in a bit is a few places, but not enough to free the panel.

any ideas what is going on there, or how to break the panel free? It is actually a very good panel, so I'd like to keep it in good condition. I'm only changing it because the one I installed on the other door is slightly different.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.
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I would guess that it is more likely stuck on the back side between the fiber panel and the door frame. I assume you still have the thin vinyl vapor barrier between the door frame and interior panel. If not the glue they used to hold the vinyl in place may be the culprit. A long thin blade, like a pastry chef's frosting knife, would work well to reach back in there to break free any places where it could be adhering. Otherwise, there are no mechanical fasteners... you may have to just pull harder.

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It does not appear to be stuck to the plastic, rather to the chrome strip.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-31-2016, 04:09 PM
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In the warm sun, try some WD-40 or Armor All between the vinyl and the trim... Keep trying (carefully), as Ken said.
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