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    74-78 Eldo owners - interior trim question

    Has anyone found a good way to deal with (restore) the upper woodgrain on the front door panels that crack & fade.I've considered 3m Di-noc among other things.thanksdoor panel.jpg

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    Re: 74-78 Eldo owners

    I would imagine it all depends on how much you're willing to spend. There's some places I've seen online that will wood grain plastic pieces on newer cars to make it look like factory wood/wood grain. I'm sure it'd be a little spendy for restoration work.

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    Re: 74-78 Eldo owners - interior trim question

    Thanks,the only thing is that the whole piece is metal and I have it off the car.It dosen't appear to be any kind of sticker/decal/applique.If I didn't know any better,I'd say it was painted on.

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    Re: 74-78 Eldo owners - interior trim question

    I'd bet it was some sort of painted, mechanized, mass produced method. The places that currently do the wood graining are probably just doing a very sophisticated version of faux finishing...like a hand crafted version of the mass produced method. From a '76 full line brochure, the Sedan deVille says it comes with "distinctive simulated rosewood" and from the looks of your car and other '76s I looked at, fake rosewood seems common across the full line that year.

    http://www.lov2xlr8.no/brochures/cadillac/76c_13.html

    So I'd guess you have a few options...find a peel-n-stick rosewood that comes close to matching (I'd imagine higher quality ones like the 3M you mentioned would resist fading/cracking/peeling better) or go all in and see if there's places that can restore the pieces. But I see issues there too since it looks like even the pores in the wood grain were reproduced (like it was meant to replicate a minimal, open pore finish) when they were originally made so if you're really picky, this might be an issue for a full, correct match. But the fact the pieces are metal should mean there won't be an issue with the pieces melting due to incompatible paint and plastic.

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    Re: 74-78 Eldo owners - interior trim question

    Good points delerium,on the plus side I have a spare set of these to experiment with.I'm going to start by carefully sanding off the crust and seeing whats underneath.

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