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A banged-up door panel is not the kind of thing a car owner should be proud of. Fortunately, you can simply take out the door's exterior panel and replace it with a new Door Shell to keep your door looking as good as new. Replacement door shells are made to match or even do better than the stock shell that was on your ride. You'll be able to find Door Shell replacements that already come with holes to accommodate your existing hardware such as the door handle and keyholes. These shells are usually made from steel to keep them sturdy, so you won't have to worry about the new shell getting banged up again anytime soon. If you want to paint over the door shell-you'll have to, most probably-it already has a layer of primer paint, so you can apply the main coat on the Door Shell right away. If you need a durable replacement for any battered door shells on your vehicle, you won't have to look far. Auto Parts Warehouse has a wide selection of door shells on stock, and all you have to do is to pick one that matches your ride's door panels. All our items here have wallet-friendly price tags; you'll surely be able to meet your budget when you shop with us and avail of our various promos and discounts. Buy now and experience the best deals on the Web!

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Choosing the Right Door Shell for Your Ride

You've banged up your door pretty hard and you've been planning to replace it. But instead of replacing your entire door, why not just shop for a new door shell? A door shell is the exterior part of your door and replacing it can give your car an instant makeover. But choosing the right shell isn't just about picking one out and getting it over with. There are a few things you have to remember when buying new door shells, such as its fit, quality, and durability.

Dos

  • Do get a door shell that comes with all the right moldings and holes. This will ensure that all your existing hardware, such as mirrors and door handles, will fit easily and perfectly with your replacement door shell. The make and model of your car will determine what kind of shell it needs. So be sure to let your parts supplier or dealer know beforehand.
  • Make sure that your door shell is made of high-grade galvanized steel to give you a more durable door. This kind of material is more resilient to corrosion, making it last longer and able to withstand all kinds of weather conditions. Since the shell acts as a part of your car's exterior protection, you should be able to get one that will not rust or deteriorate easily.
  • Get a new door shell that is already coated with a layer of primer paint. You wouldn't want to get a door shell that stands out and screams I'm a replacement because of its different color. Getting a new shell that is already primered lessens the time it takes to paint over it and to make it match with the door panels and the rest of your car.

Don'ts

  • Don't shop blindly. This basically means that you should know all the details before shopping for a door shell. Although knowing the location of the banged up door shell is already a given, it is still important to get the specifics of your old door shell before shopping. This will save you a great deal of time and money when you already know what the part looks like. Observe your old door shell well. Know which moldings it has and where they are located. As a guide, take note of which side you're installing the new door shell and compare it with the orientation of the replacement part.
  • Don't purchase aftermarket products. Just like with any other part, buying an OE replacement door shell is the best way to go. You are guaranteed that your replacement part is of high quality and is the perfect fit. This will also save you time in installing the new shell to your door panel since you don't have to go through minor adjustments just to make everything fit.
  • Don't settle for a door shell without a guarantee. The standard for this kind of auto part is for a period of one year with unlimited mileage. By purchasing a door shell that is backed by an adequate warranty clause, you get more value out of your money. So if ever the door shell does not fit or does not perform as expected, you don't have to spend more money that you already have.
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Installing a New Door Shell

Has your car door seen better days? Are you tired of the annoying scratches and bumps found on its surface? Do you miss seeing its former dent-free glory? Then don't let your fear of DIYing your door shell stop you from having a sleeker ride. Installing a new shell isn't as hard as it looks. With a few tools and this step-by-step guide, you can transform the surface of your car door and make it look new again.

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

Tools you'll need:

  • Safety glasses
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Screwdriver or trim panel removal tool
  • Wrench
  • New door shell

Step 1: Before you start removing your dented door shell, be sure that you are wearing proper safety gear. Always wear your safety glasses and/or closed-toe shoes to keep you protected while working on your vehicle.

Step 2: Now that you've geared up for this installation job, locate your damaged door.

Step 3: Remove the door's interior panel by starting with the armrest and the window. Simply pry them off to release them from the frame. Using an interior trim tool or screwdriver, you then unfasten and pull out the lock switches and door handles.

Step 4: Since new door shells don't usually come with hardware, put aside all salvageable parts from the door, including the side mirror, window glass and its entire system, door lock mechanism, and speakers. This will be reinstalled together with your new door shell.

Step 5: Disconnect the electronic wiring harness from the door. Be sure that you also pull out other harnesses that may connect your old door shell to the door and door panel.

Step 6: Remove the rubber grommets and put them aside. Completely pull out the door panel from the old door shell.

Step 7: It's now time to remove the door shell from the rest of your vehicle. With the help of an assistant, open the door and hold it in position. Remove it from the frame mounted hinges with the use of a wrench. Remember to leave the hinges attached to your car's frame. This will help you with realigning the new door shell later on.

Step 8: Install the new door shell by mounting it to the attached hinges. Be sure to check that the new door shell is of the same size to the old one and is properly aligned with the rest of your car's frame.

Step 9: Adjust the hinge bolts accordingly. Be careful not to over-loosen the bolts. It should be loose enough to get the door to open and close without the corners rubbing on the frame. This will help you estimate the alignment of the new door shell without damaging the rest of your car. Once you get the right adjustment and the door shell is properly aligned, tighten the bolts.

Step 10: Reassemble all interior components that were taken out during steps 3 and 4.

Step 11: Reinstall the interior door panel and all hardware components to the new door shell.

Step 12: Check all door accessories to ensure that everything is working properly.