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Vinyl door infill trim - s3 and later

PostPost by: davidj » Sat Dec 04, 2021 3:52 pm

Afternoon,

I assume the infill trim inside the door on the S3 and later cars is just foam glued to the fibreglass with black vinyl on top. Is this correct? My car has had the trim removed many years ago.

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PostPost by: ericbushby » Sat Dec 04, 2021 5:21 pm

Hi David,
Not sure where you mean.
The upright part on the A pillar is a moulded rigid plastic trim piece which holds the air vent at the lower end.
Along the top of the windscreen mine has a piece of 15mm pipe insulation with more than one quarter of its circumference removed to fit snugly against the angles, glued to the top of the windscreen surround and then covered in vinyl which is tucked under the screen seal and door seal. It may be different on a coupe.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Sat Dec 04, 2021 5:59 pm

Is this what you are referring to ?

Doors 005.jpg and


It's thin foam sheet covered in basketweave vinyl, the felt strip at the top is to stop the lock rods rattling.
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PostPost by: davidj » Sat Dec 04, 2021 7:13 pm

Yes, that is just what I mean. Thanks. I assume the foam and vinyl is glue directly onto the door? Can someone with an S3 confirm leather pattern vinyl was used instead of basketweave ?

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PostPost by: oldelanman » Sat Dec 04, 2021 7:35 pm

davidj wrote:I assume the foam and vinyl is glue directly onto the door?

Yes that's how my S4 is.

davidj wrote:Can someone with an S3 confirm leather pattern vinyl was used instead of basketweave ?


A couple of photos of S3's from the gallery appear to show leather pattern vinyl.

S3 HANDLE SCREWS.JPG and
Pa130930.jpg and
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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Sat Dec 04, 2021 7:36 pm

Yes, leather pattern vinyl, same as the door cards, all the way through S3 lifespan.
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PostPost by: davidj » Sat Dec 04, 2021 7:41 pm

Thanks. The gallery photos appeared to confirm that but I wished to check before I opened the evostick.

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