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post #1 of 14 Old 06-05-2007, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Write up: Removing side molding off 97+ XJ's *PICS*

Let me start off by saying that this absolutly cost free mod is one of my favorites. Heres what what used-

- Skinny plastic object (I used a plastic light cover)
- Duck Tape
- Clear Box tape
- Soapy water
- Muscle Power
- Salvanise, To get off the little tiny bits of glue left behind (not necessary)

I started of by just pealing off the molding by hand. No heat gun was needed as the trim came off fairly easy. Here's what was left after pealing the molding off by hand.




I then used the soapy water and just cleaned the area off, there was alot of dust and dirt under the moldings. This also loosened up the 3M adhesive still left on the car.

I put togather the item i was going to use to very easily push the adhesive off with. It was the skinny plastic peice with 1 layer of duck tape over the edge and then a layer of the clear box tape. I needed the clear box tape over the duck tape b/c the duck tape would rip easily when pushed along the car and scratch the paint. Here's what the tool looked like.



It was a little time consuming to do both sides but the end result was well worth my time.

After all the adhesive was removed i used some salvanise (removes scratches and stains) to really clean the area off for a nice finish. Here's the final results.





Hope you liked it.

(still need a little more cleaning tho after looking at the pics)


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you need a big CHEROKEE sticker. something like a foot high and 3 feet long.

then people will know what you drive.

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-05-2007, 04:48 PM
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Looking good. We just done the same thing to my son's Cherokee. He has the Country with the wide moldings that are held on with four rows of tape. So we had a ton of tape to take off. We are going to bedline the rockers, so we got a little more aggressive with the scrapers.

PS, I was amazed how much mud and dirt was trapped in between the molding and paint.
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PS, I was amazed how much mud and dirt was trapped in between the molding and paint.
Yea i kno, Thats why i used the soapy water. It got all the dirt and grime off so that it didnt scratch the paint.

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post #4 of 14 Old 06-05-2007, 05:01 PM
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john looks good. But now when the kids in school hit you car with their doors you'll really now it. The side molding saved my car from alot of dings.

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post #5 of 14 Old 06-05-2007, 05:24 PM
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It looks soooo much better. I did the same thing to mine, you only gott worry about dings from the parking lot now. Im lifted though so most peoples doors would hit my rockers! Ha!

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lol, yea well i already have alot of dings and scratches as you can see. It is a 2001 and i can't really worry about thoes little imperfections that much. i really didn't think of that issue but im sure it will be fine b/c i had only about 1 bad/noticable ding on my trim from all these years.

Now that we mention it, im sure i will get some dings tomorrow. *Knock on Wood*

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My side moldings have small ding marks all over them...it scares me to think of what the side of the car would look like if they were never there!

But it does look good!
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I had to get my car detailed after it filled with water so i just yanked mine off and let the guys clean up the tape hah. I like how it looks without them 100x better

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I took my lower mouldings off when I sprayed my bedliner on.

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looks good, a lot better then with the moldings. i have been considering the same thing on myne but i think i want to hurk on the lower part of the door panel, just cant decide yet

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still some gunk left on mine but it gives the cherokee a rougher look,i think.
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I pulled mine of this weekend along with the bumper caps, the fender flares will come off this afternoon. After a nice cleaning they are all getting a nice coat of black paint and then putting them back on. Call me old fashioned but I think it just looks nice.

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I used a pressure washer and it took the adhesive right off, really easily! I spent ten minutes with a putty knife and goo gone..no thanks!

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