Let me start off by saying that this absolutly cost free mod is one of my favorites. Heres what was 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. The duck tape was just an extra reinforcemnet so that the tape would not rip. 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. I think ti came out really good.
After all the adhesive was removed i used some salvanise (removes scratches and stains) to really clean the area off for a nice finish. The salvanise also removed some of the over spray that i had when i originaly rattle canned my trim. Here's the final results.
It's drying in the sun right now and then im going to have to wax the area around where the molding was b/c the salvanise stripped soem of the wax in that area.
Hope you liked it.
(still need a little more cleaning tho after looking at the pics)
I considered doing this to my 2001, but I'm afraid to. I fear that sticky residue will not come off. I worry because there is no play at all in those pieces of trim, they are on there good. Unfortunately they don't look good. I have a heat gun that worked great for decals and emblems, but I don't know if it's the same type of adhesive. Has anyone had any luck removing these with a heat gun?
Thanks so much for this post, I always looked at my faded gray plastic and said "Hm... I wonder how hard it would be to get this ugly plastic off" and for a while I was actually going to sand / paint them since I didn't want to damage my jeeps exterior. Anyways I followed your tut, and I love the new look on my jeep, thanks a lot!
here are pictures for before / after: