How to keep interior panels from popping and creaking?
It seems that about 8 out of 10 times that I have to remove a door panel, gauge cluster, radio bezel, yata, yata, yata, it ends up popping, creaking, or snapping on reassembly, no matter how cautious I am removing the screws, clips, or snaps. I always use the little weirdo-looking trim removal tool that looks like a flat head screwdriver with the tip angled out and notched in the center, and I (almost) always squirt a little silicone lube in before prying, hoping to minimize breakage.
I try to secure any wiring plugs out of the way so that they maybe won't clatter after reassembly, and I pay special attention to door dust seals.
Despite all of this, I get creaks and pops more times than not!
I was wondering how some of you heavy fabricators correct/prevent this?
Or do I just need to turn the stereo up louder? :lalala:
Thanks, folks, and I hope everybody's enjoying the warmer weather.
RE: How to keep interior panels from popping and creaking?
Guys, thanks for the input. I appreciate it.
I've been doing some thinking on this since I posted it, and I'm realizing that practically ALL of the vehicles that I've modded have been older, with a minimum of 100k miles. Brittle, UV-cooked plastic and shrunken bumpers and pads, anyone? :tard:
@RipplingHurst, that's the set I've been using for a long time. I found it for $5.00 several years ago at one of those "wholesale houses" that are springing up everywhere, and it's does everything I've needed it to.
That second item looks like it would be good for getting you thrown in jail in several states.:lol:
I like the looks of that last one- it looks like it would have less chance of scratching things than mine. I just might have to make an order to Amazon this week... Thanks for pointing it out for me.
Lately I've been looking through forums whenever I have to take anything apart, and they've been great for supplying hints and tips for disassembly.
@Soundman, I hear ya on taking your time getting stuff apart.
@Frugmonkey, does it hold well enough using the little bit you can get by with before it starts oozing everywhere?
Over the weekend I tried a couple experiments; molding and casting using silicone sealant for the mold and JB Weld for the casting, and using RTV for noise and pop-canceling. It turned out a lot better than I expected. When I have more time I'll see if I can put some documentation together for it.
It should be...entertaining at least, because at one point I was using my bass on-stage cabinet with a 20-250-20Hz sweep playing @ a Gain and Volume of 7 on an Ampeg 1500w amp. :rock: My neighbors love me.
Thanks again folks.