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I'm replacing what was left of the original vinyl-covered plywood strip on each door panel. I'm using sapele instead. I work with metal and body filler (and dust :rolleyes:) for a living, and woodworking really isn't my thing so this is a challenge. Not sure what to do about the instrument panel. Looks pretty good without the woodgrain.

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I love these pictures. I grew up in a 73 Manta Luxus with the same color combo.
 

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Back when I had my 72 Manta (dark blue) the vinyl was peeling off. I peeled it all off and was surprised to find real wood underneath. I stained it and varnished it without ever pulling the door panels.

Yours looks nicer.
 

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Back when I had my 72 Manta (dark blue) the vinyl was peeling off. I peeled it all off and was surprised to find real wood underneath. I stained it and varnished it without ever pulling the door panels.

Yours looks nicer.
yep we did the same back in the 1980s. on our 73 luxus i think the wood looked unfinished so i was given the task to buy stain and clear and make them look good so they didn't bleach out after we removed the vinyl covering.
 

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You could try a Sapele Veneer for the instrument surround, but if the wood is not stabilized it may shrink and curl. On the other hand a Mahogany Vinyl/PVC film may match or Vinyl wrap looks good to you. But in all honesty the Black Plastic looks pretty good to my eye. And I like the radio too.
 

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This item is on my project list for my 74 Manta Luxus. Somebody peeled the doors already. The vinyl wood grain on the instrument panel is wrinkled and I have thought real wood would be an upgrade. Thanks for the ideas if I ever get to this project.
 

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You could try a Sapele Veneer for the instrument surround, but if the wood is not stabilized it may shrink and curl. On the other hand a Mahogany Vinyl/PVC film may match or Vinyl wrap looks good to you. But in all honesty the Black Plastic looks pretty good to my eye. And I like the radio too.
Thanks for the ideas, okieDan. Speaking of curling, I didn't immediately seal the first two 2x40x1/4" strips of sapele I had cut and after a couple days they were curled/warped pretty badly.
 
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