The Jeep is revolutionary in its ruggedness and customizability. It could weather all terrains and a whole spate of driving conditions. When it came to keeping the rains out, however, it used to be such a tough deal-until they came out with a whole slew of canvas covers and door skins. This guide covers the door skin cloth that often is the ultimate guard against the elements.
Type of door
The first thing that you need to look into is what kind of door you have attached to your Jeep-this determines the kind of door skin cloth that you want to get. Some skins, you see cover only the top half of your door, replacing the window of your car. This is the case when your door itself is all-metal. Other skins cover both the top and also wrap around the metallic frame of your door. Still others replace the entire door itself-leaving you, in essence, a flexible door.
This is an important to consider because, depending on the kind of door that you have, you'll either have to find a skin that complements it or replace the entire frame to accommodate a different type. One is, honestly, not necessarily better than another and it really all boils down to personal preference.
When it comes to materials, the best to go for is thatched vinyl. You'll know that that's what your door skin cloth is made of by the feel on your fingers-it's rough to the touch yet a bit slippery. The thatched design is not just for aesthetics, it also provides for strength and durability-you door skin will be far more resistant to ripping and tearing.
In terms of design, there are a standard range of colors to choose from. The most common are black, brown, and gray. Admittedly, door skins don't fall into the stylish category but then again, they're meant to reflect the type of character that Jeeps have: tough and rugged. There are some who claim that you could always paint over the cloth anyway-not too advisable as you could damage the fabric.
Just get one that works for you and focus on fit more than anything else!