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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Door Panel Repair

I guess this could be a repair and a tool review. After attempting to glue or plastic weld my door panels I knew I needed to take another route. Last week I was ordering a Perfect Panel Prep Tool from one of my favorite dealers. It occurred to me to check a hot stapler. I looked and they wanted almost $130. I looked on EBay and found the same item, different colors, minus the carrying case for $70. Mine came with 600 staples and the cutters to trim the staples. It all fit into a HF plastic ammo can. I used the wavy staples to join the bottom to the top. I used almost 20 and it took about that long to do the repair. At first I thought I had a defective item and then realized I hadn't seated the staple completely into the heat prongs. Once I figured that out all went well and I'm sure the panels will not separate easily anymore.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 09:32 PM
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pretty "cool Tool" and didn't know such an Animal existed.

I have a spare set of Door panels that the Bottom Map Pocket is perfect. I've wanted to Swap the lower section and a tool like this can make it easy and be very solid repair. Heck may even just redo the whole panel and recover the top section in something different while they're apart.

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4Door. I'm happy that I was able to inform you of this. I looked at the one in your video and compared it to what I settled on. The one I bought has three heat settings and the heat tips have three angles to attack a project. 180, 90 & 45 degrees. Mine is just like the one sold by the company down the road from you. I'm not slamming them but for a $60 difference, well you know. I'll still buy more products from them.
Update. I mentioned before about seating the staple. I went back and did another door and it took a few after turning it on to heat up. Then after putting the staple in and pushing the button all was well. With the door panels being scarce and big $$$ when you do find them, I thought this was worth the cost. And too, it will do other repairs such as bumper covers. (According to most of the vids)
One last thing to watch. Some of the units online are 220 volt with plugs that look like the 220V plugs I had when I was stationed in Germany.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-12-2019, 06:38 AM
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Holy crap - what a cool tool! Never knew those things existed

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