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Old 27th February 2012, 22:28   #1
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Default DIY: Spare Wheel Hardboard Cover

Dont know whether this will qualify for a DIY but i just thought of posting it, maybe someone would wanna do it if required.
I own a 2001 Old Honda City Vtec. Getting few spares would mean scouting either Kurla or Opera House and i am too lazy to go there over the weekends after a gruesome 5 day work week.

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The Hardboard cover which is placed above the spare wheel had cracked over the years and was also subject to water (slight leakage during monsoon) and was now bent. it was just waiting to break. Generally i never use the boot hence hadnt noticed but it caught the eye when i was cleaning the boot. (i normally dont pay much attention to the boot). Being a lazy person i was thinking of some alternatives to replace the hardboard.

Went to the local hardware store and enquired about the thin variety of plywood. Came to know of 6mm ply. Took measurements from the boot and got the plywood cut. It was a snugfit.

Next Issue:
The plywood was not entirely flat and the wood touching the metal body was making a rattling sound. Got very thin rubber washers and stuck it on the perimeter of the ply in a hope to get rid of the sound. Somewhat effective but not fully.

Planning to get the cycle tube and paste it along the perimeter and also varnish the plywood (not sure when my lazy bones would allow me to do that)

Next week i have to receive my cousin coming from canada. At least the bags can be placed flat now Only a few pics taken from mobile cam.

Approx size of the plywood is 35 x 37 inches.
Cost - 180 bucks for the ply and 16 bucks for the rubber washers.

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Default Re: Sort of DIY - Spare Wheel Hardboard Cover for Sedan

Try pasting on high density upholstery foam along the margins of the wood plank - use an adhesive like Fevicol/Fevibond to stick it on.
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Default Re: Sort of DIY - Spare Wheel Hardboard Cover for Sedan

The Cardboard in my has cracked too.I too will be needing to get a replacement soon.

Some pictures of this cardboard in the car please.
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Desmos, Next time use IS710 plywood. It is marine grade ply. IS303 is commercial grade ply.
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Best would leftover scraps of auto carpet. Along the edges of the board, as well as the top edge of the spare wheel well. Stick them with Fevicol SR.
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The Cardboard in my has cracked too.I too will be needing to get a replacement soon.

Some pictures of this cardboard in the car please.
I shall post some pics over the weekend for sure. Just too tied up on weekdays.
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Hi all,

It might be strange problem but I am sure I am not the first one to experience it. Recently while me and my wifey were out for shopping, one of the cleaner bottle got opened and all its content spilled over the boot space resulting in the breaking of the wooden particle board that forms as the hard base for boot space.

Any idea where I can get a new one, or only option is to do it home?
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Hi all,

It might be strange problem but I am sure I am not the first one to experience it. Recently while me and my wifey were out for shopping, one of the cleaner bottle got opened and all its content spilled over the boot space resulting in the breaking of the wooden particle board that forms as the hard base for boot space.

Any idea where I can get a new one, or only option is to do it home?
It seems that the board damaged due to chemical action from the cleaner.

You can make this one at home IMO. Take a sheet of board (like the board used for writing pads in the old times), keep your damaged board on the same and mark it. Get it cut on a jigsaw. Jigsaw will be available with a shop which cuts slots in the wooden electrical switchboards.
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Any idea where I can get a new one, or only option is to do it home?
May be easier to do it yourself, with a little effort.

Go to any store selling plywood. Get a 12mm MDF board (not plywood).
Follow the steps Rahul mentioned, and mark the size /shape of the old board on the new board

You will need a hacksaw & a wood file. Use the Hacksaw to cut the rough shape, and the use the wood file to get the final shape.
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It might be strange problem but I am sure I am not the first one to experience it. Recently while me and my wifey were out for shopping, one of the cleaner bottle got opened and all its content spilled over the boot space resulting in the breaking of the wooden particle board that forms as the hard base for boot space.



Any idea where I can get a new one, or only option is to do it home?

My car Honda city had the same issue. Although the reason was different. I got it replaced by HASS for Rs 500/- on Feb- 2015
Maybe you can check the price at the Hyundai service centers and take a decision there.
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Hi all,

It might be strange problem but I am sure I am not the first one to experience it. Recently while me and my wifey were out for shopping, one of the cleaner bottle got opened and all its content spilled over the boot space resulting in the breaking of the wooden particle board that forms as the hard base for boot space.

Any idea where I can get a new one, or only option is to do it home?
If your car is still in production then its easier to get it from A$$. In my case, the car was very old and procuring parts was not as easy.
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