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Unread 10-11-2010, 05:27 AM   #1
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Plastic painted vents behind rear window

how do you remove the painted pieces that are on each side behind the rear window? paint is all chipped up i would like to remove, sand a repaint. anybody ever done this before? maybe i should just use a wire brush and then just tape up and spray, it'll probably be easier.

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Unread 10-11-2010, 05:57 AM   #2
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I believe they just pop out.
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Unread 10-11-2010, 08:31 AM   #3
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1. Open rear hatch
2. Gently work a flat head screwdriver or trim stick in between the rear hatch weatherseal and the painted plastic louvre.
3. Pry it up until the three connectors pop free
4. The front edge has some sort of sticky gunk that adheres to the window seal in front of the louvre. Just pull gently till it all breaks free.

I painted mine in flat black bedliner to match my body cladding, bumpers and other trim pieces.
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Unread 10-11-2010, 11:23 AM   #4
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I masked and painted mine in place. Easy.
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Unread 10-11-2010, 12:59 PM   #5
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I masked and painted mine in place. Easy.
I prolly should do mine soon... Starting to look a little oxidized. I'm kinda shying away from trying to pop them out cuz the connectors have a tendency to turn brittle and break.
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Unread 10-11-2010, 08:23 PM   #6
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id just tape off and paint, my buddy broke his trying to pop it off and broke the clips on it.
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Unread 10-11-2010, 08:51 PM   #7
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i ended up just taping and masking, sanded a little with 120 grit because thats all i had. imperfections didnt all come out, but it looked a lot better than before. the paint was all coming off and showing the black from under. i just used some rustoleum white paint made for plastic. hope it sticks better than the old paint...
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Unread 10-12-2010, 01:54 AM   #8
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or you guys can you use this...... Click the link to see the product and the final finish

faded black molding between windshield and hood- MIRACLE CURE - LS1TECH
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Unread 10-12-2010, 05:13 AM   #9
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the paint i used does not have the shine i was expecting. cap showed glossy but not really glossy. what can i do? clear coat it? spray some white gloss enamel over in a thin coat? what shall i do?
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Unread 10-13-2010, 03:56 PM   #10
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sprayed clear coat over it and it started to wrinkle. looks horrible. shoulda just left it flat LOL. guess im gonna havta resand and paint with and enamel gloss. hope it comes out better than the first time, will do better sanding this time...
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Unread 10-14-2010, 09:51 AM   #11
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Just did mine. I was able to pop them out by hand. Cleaned up with a scotch-brite pad, no sanding. painted and clear coated. They look great!
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Unread 10-14-2010, 01:06 PM   #12
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Hobbit post a pic . what kind of paint did u use? what was the process? im Was thinking to redo with some white enamel
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Unread 10-14-2010, 03:36 PM   #13
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i would avoid removing them since they usually break. i just masked mine off.
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Unread 10-14-2010, 06:04 PM   #14
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i just redid mine... came out ok. it was kinda windy and tape kept hitting 1 of the spots, but all in all i am happy look better than before..... i will try and remove a set from a zj at JY and scotch brite it and repaint but who knows when that'll be if ever LOL...
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I masked and painted mine in place. Easy.
ditto. cake
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