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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing Your Front Door Skins

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

T20, T30 Torx, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Hot Tip:

Tape the edges so you don't scratch the paint

Performance Gain:

Door systems that work

Complementary Modification:

Replace switches

Unlike older vehicles, where you replace the door components from inside the interior of the door, the Volkswagen GTI Mk V is designed to replace the lock backing plate, lock and window regulator by removing the exterior door skin. While this might seem odd at first it is really not that difficult and makes repairing door dings a cinch.

Start by making sure you are parked on a level surface so the door will not be swinging open or closed while working.

You will need to remove the exterior door handle first; please see our article on door handle removal for further assistance.

With the door handle removed, remove the single T20 Torx screw that holds the door skin to the handle backing plate (red arrow).
Figure 1

With the door handle removed, remove the single T20 Torx screw that holds the door skin to the handle backing plate (red arrow).

Tape both the leading edge of the door and the trailing edge of the fender to protect the paint when removing the skin (red arrows).
Figure 2

Tape both the leading edge of the door and the trailing edge of the fender to protect the paint when removing the skin (red arrows).

Use a trim removal tool and remove the trim piece on the trailing edge of the door frame (red arrows).
Figure 3

Use a trim removal tool and remove the trim piece on the trailing edge of the door frame (red arrows).

Use a T30 Torx and remove the six screws along the trailing edge of the door frame (red arrows).
Figure 4

Use a T30 Torx and remove the six screws along the trailing edge of the door frame (red arrows). Note; there are three different types of screws holding the skin to the door. Make sure you label and bag each screw for reinstallation.

Use the T30 Torx and remove the six screws holding the skin to the inner door frame (red arrows).
Figure 5

Use the T30 Torx and remove the six screws holding the skin to the inner door frame (red arrows).

There are six T30 Torx screws along the lower door frame.
Figure 6

There are six T30 Torx screws along the lower door frame. Remove these. In this photo you can see the difference in the screws and washers (red and yellow arrows).

Gently separate the door skin (red arrows) from the frame (green arrows).
Figure 7

Gently separate the door skin (red arrows) from the frame (green arrows). There is a plastic piece on the inside of the door skin that clips into place on the frame. I like to place something soft under the door (yellow arrow) just in case you slip when removing the skin, so it will not land on the hard floor.

This photo illustrates the internals of the door with the exterior skin removed.
Figure 8

This photo illustrates the internals of the door with the exterior skin removed. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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