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Old 08-10-2020, 06:31 PM   #1
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Trimming smb panels

Hello everyone, hopefully your all out using your vans and are well.

Anyone trim any panel work donít by smb west? I have a proud fiberweave panel on my rear door. Iím assuming I can unscrew panel from the door, remove staples, peel back the interweave, trim the fiber board, replace fabric, staple and screw the panel back on BUT Iím realizing these are built more like a spec home than custom and one thing leads to the next.

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Old 08-11-2020, 10:23 AM   #2
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The process you've described is pretty much it.
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Old 08-11-2020, 10:38 AM   #3
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Trimming smb panels

The door panels Iíve pulled off my two SMBs were both attached with blind fasteners going into the door. Itís hard to get these out without breaking the heads off, even when using a proper trim removal tool. The problem is that SMB sandwiches the fastener between the outer fabric layer and the wood base of the trim panel, making them impossible to replace without peeling back the fabric. I ended up just cutting them all flush and reattached using screws with the heads for upholstery buttons.

Oh, and the base of the panels on mine were 1/8Ē plywood.
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My panels are screwed in through the face with screw snaps and button covers.
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My panels are screwed in through the face with screw snaps and button covers.

Have you already removed the panels? Both my vans had a mix of screws and the blind fasteners holding the panels on. Different SMB locations may handle it differently (both mine are Indiana built).
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I have removed the panels many times. Just recently to fix a leak in my back door license plate box.
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I have removed the panels many times. Just recently to fix a leak in my back door license plate box.

Good deal. Wish they would have done mine that way, too. Makes it a lot easier!
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Thanks for the tips. Itís good to know someone has removed them and reinstalled, that was my biggest fear. I have the button screw type fasteners as well. Iím going to give it a go.
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Now anything up front in the driver/passenger area is stock GMC interior assembly.
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