There is a good write up in the facts section, on this forum on how to remove your cladding, see here, How to remove cladding on 93-98 ZJ's
I thought it would be a good idea to add a few more details to this.
I am getting ready to paint my cladding and bumpers.
Until today I didn't know exactly how the cladding snapped into the clips.
The first one I popped off, I broke the clip, because I just stuck the tool in and pried it out, the rest of them. I put the tool in and twisted the handle back and forth a little on each side of the tab, to loosen it up a bit, then I put the tool in the middle and twisted it the same way until the clips popped off.
In the first picture (below) is the tool, I used to remove the cladding, and all the clips and cladding, I removed from the donor Jeep.
. I only needed one piece of replacement cladding, but just went ahead and pulled them all.
This picture shows two broken clips and one good clip.
The one on the left you can clearly see where it is broken, the one in the middle you must look close to see the little bit that is broken, so it won't hold under the pin that is on the door. The third one on the right with my blood on it ( The 93 I got them from was rusted out and got me good) is a good non-broken clip.
This picture shows (top) a partial view of the inside of the cladding I got from the donor Jeep, with the tabs still intact.
My cladding (bottom) you can see ( full view) the tabs inside the cladding are broken right off,, which is why I had to replace that piece of cladding.
The Tabs were broken when I got the Jeep.
This picture is just a close-up of the tabs inside the cladding that snap into the clips.
This picture is a close-up of the tabs broken off.
This picture shows a clip snapped onto the tab on the inside the cladding,. This may give a better idea of how to go about getting them off.
This picture kinda,shows, the position of the tool, to get it up in there.
The tool needs to be between the white clip and the cladding itself.
Of course you could also use a screwdriver.
If taking off your cladding is mysterious, and you're worried about breaking stuff, maybe this will help..
But , you must look at the write up in the facts section.