It's a shame to see scratches and dents written all over your car's door. This is definitely not freestyle drawing or something you can call art. You also can't say that these nasty scratches and dings lend some personality or add some character to your banged-up vehicle.
If you've just survived a fender-bender or some collision, don't leave the surface of the car door ruined with bumps and hideous marks. Fix the ruined car door right away by installing a new door shell. You just need a few tools and clear step-by-step guide to restore your car's once smooth and sleek side profile.
Step-by-step guide for installing a door shell
Reminder: The shell should be painted already prior to installation.
Step 1: Pull out the interior panel from the door, along with other salvageable door parts.
To remove the interior panel, you have to work on the following: window, door lock switches and levers, door handle, and armrest. You can use a screwdriver or interior trim tool for removing these components. The side mirror, door speakers, and weatherstipping, as well as the window motor, regulator, and glass can still be used and installed on the new door. Set aside these parts after you've removed them.
Step 2: Safely disconnect any wiring from the door.
The harnesses should be pulled out carefully. The rubber grommets should also be removed and kept in a safe place for re-installation.
Step 3: Remove the door.
To easily detach the door from the hinges on the frame, have someone help you hold an open door. Keep the hinges attached to the frame to easily fit in the new door.
Step 4: Align the door shell with the hinges.
Adjust the door by loosening the hinge bolts. This will allow the door to move to the right angle or direction. Make small adjustments one at a time until the door is fully aligned. You should be able to fully open and close the door without any problem. Check if some parts are rubbing against the body or if there are enough gaps around the door. If so, then the door should be adjusted accordingly.
*Note: Before you mount the door shell, compare the old door with the new one. See if it's the same size or dimensions to make sure that you have a compatible shell for fixing the door problem.
Step 5: Tighten the bolts of the hinges.
After mounting the door shell and making sure that it's aligned with the hinges, you can now tighten the bolts. Strictly follow the manufacturer's specifications for this.
Step 6: Reinstall the interior components that were removed from the door.
With the door secured to the frame, you have to put back the window, mirror, lock, and other components of the door. As you reassemble them one by one, check if each accessory works.
Step 7: Put back the interior panel to the door shell.
Attach the interior panel to the door shell. Make sure that this is installed properly into the door.