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Trunk side panel material

Started by raueda1, 21 October 2023, 09:24 PM

raueda1

An unfortunate incident damaged my left trunk carpet panel on the bottom (don't ask).  The carpet and foam backing are OK but the molded fiberboard got disintegrated.  It seems to be some kind of molded fiberous stuff impregnated with something, almost like tar paper but with a lot more paper and a lot less tar.  Whatever it is, it turns into chewing gum after prolonged exposure to oil. 

Anyway, these pieces aren't easy to find in good condition or shipping is ridiculous so I want to craft a replacement for the damaged area.  Does anybody know quite what the material is?  I've thought about laminating several layers of roofing tar paper, cutting to size and grafting it on to the undamaged part.  Thoughts, better ideas or suggestions?  Thanks and cheers, 
-Dave
Now:  1976 6.9 Euro, 2015 GL550
Before that:  1966 230S, 1964 220SE coupe, 1977 Carrera 3.0

rumb

#1
Go to an upholstery shop and get some wax board from them it is a sort of dense black or brown cardboard. I found non woven material that is a darn near match to original at oreilly's sold as a roll of matting to catch drips under a car.

https://forum.w116.org/interiors-and-exteriors/making-new-trunk-panels/msg135654/#msg135654

like this stuff:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/831406781193487495/

sidebar -  I just dont get pinterest at all. What is the benefit of posting a picture of something with zero info on what it is or where to buy it? 



PS all of the above applies to the earlier cars.  The later ones had different molded panels.
'68 250S
'77 6.9 Euro
'91 300SE,
'98 SL500
'14 CLS550,
'16 AMG GTS
'21 E450 Cabrio

Eyeman

My trunks panels were missing when I bought my car in 1994.  I assume Euro cars originally had the same panels?  Guess I should have picked some up back then when their would have been plenty available.
1963 190SL(project)
1977 6.9 (Euro)
1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet
1994 Porsche 968 Coupe
2008 BMW 135
2017 AMG GTS

raueda1

#3
Quote from: rumb on 22 October 2023, 08:56 AMGo to an upholstery shop and get some wax board from them it is a sort of dense black or brown cardboard. I found non woven material that is a darn near match to original at oreilly's sold as a roll of matting to catch drips under a car.

https://forum.w116.org/interiors-and-exteriors/making-new-trunk-panels/msg135654/#msg135654

like this stuff:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/831406781193487495/

sidebar -  I just dont get pinterest at all. What is the benefit of posting a picture of something with zero info on what it is or where to buy it? 

PS all of the above applies to the earlier cars.  The later ones had different molded panels.
Thank you Robert!  Perfect.  It never occurred to me to even bother searching but I should know better by now.  When you say "upholstery shop," you mean like for furniture?  Or specifically an auto upholsterer? 

As for Pinterest, completely agree.  It's even worse than the no-information FB sale offers on the various MB groups.  Cheers,
-Dave
Now:  1976 6.9 Euro, 2015 GL550
Before that:  1966 230S, 1964 220SE coupe, 1977 Carrera 3.0

rumb

furniture?  Or specifically an auto upholsterer? 

probably either leaning towards auto.
'68 250S
'77 6.9 Euro
'91 300SE,
'98 SL500
'14 CLS550,
'16 AMG GTS
'21 E450 Cabrio