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Upholstery guys, hidden fasteners?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by wayfarer, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. wayfarer
    Joined: Oct 17, 2003
    Posts: 1,790


    I have a '53 Chevy wagon that I'm trying to get on the road this year. Eventually, I'd like to wood grain the outside, but for now I'd like to build some wooden door panels for the interior. Are there any upholstery clips that would work for this without showing on the face, or should I just neatly attach them with those chrome upholstery screws?
  2. upspirate
    Joined: Apr 15, 2012
    Posts: 2,282


    Velcro would be one option
  3. If there is one that doesn't show I'm not aware of it. HRP
  4. yes.There are many clips available for attaching door panels without them showing from the front...AU-VE-CO is the mfg...find yourself a good auto uphol supply and they should have them...the chrome screws just look like an after thought in my opinion

  5. Do you have a photo of a fastener that you can use on the back of wooden door panel and it not show?

    I take it he doesn't intend to cover the wood. HRP
  6. Doctor Detroit
    Joined: Aug 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,020

    Doctor Detroit

    Do a search for magnetic fasteners. They are usually two pieces. I think a company called magdaddy makes them.

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  7. shmoozo
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 672

    from Media, PA

    I found their catalog online. What a selection of fasteners!

    Auto-Vehicle Parts Co.
  8. 56premiere
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,445

    from oregon

    If you are not covering the wood Velcro or magnet.Still might need a couple of screws to keep it solid.Covering it will provide many options.
  9. tbill
    Joined: Oct 21, 2007
    Posts: 303

    from central ny

    depending on how thick the material is, couldn't you cut a slot in the back side and use modern type 'Christmas tree' plastic retainers like current cars use?
  10. desotot
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,898


    You will probably destroy the panels when removing them in the future but many small dabs of windshield urethane might work depending on the humidity in your area, because that would make your panels expand and contract, the reason door panels work well is that they allow a panel to do this but of course they would show.
  11. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    Solid gold. Added to my favorites.
  12. Marcel8u
    Joined: Nov 21, 2012
    Posts: 62


    You can counter sink the screws then plug them with wood plugs sand them smooth but you will not be able to take off door panel easily.

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  13. 63 Avanti 3137
    Joined: Dec 23, 2010
    Posts: 160

    63 Avanti 3137

    FYI: I just came across them a few weeks ago and went through a bit trying to figure out how to get something... basically call the 800 # and ask for a distributor in your area and try to connect with them. The catalog/download is a great source for diagrams of the parts and some cross referencing of part #'s when your trying to match something up, but you need someone else to order it for you.
  14. ago
    Joined: Oct 12, 2005
    Posts: 2,199

    from pgh. pa.

    How about Phillips screws with the washer ring around them that shows on the outside. You will see the screw but if chrome screws and washers .


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