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post #1 of 19 Old 05-15-2011, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Removing side molding

Want to remove the side molding on 98 Classic for a cleaner look. Are there holes behind the molding? Anyone got a clean and easy way to remove?

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post #2 of 19 Old 05-15-2011, 12:56 PM
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no holes. I managed to just use my hands and some goo gone to remove the glue.

No real easy way either. your gonna use alot of force to get em off, your arms will hurt from scraping the glue off. Many will use fishing string, or blunt objects to get you started. A heat gun, or a sunny hot day will soften the glue.
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Since I have a Classic. Looks like there are plastic covers over something. Didnt want to start ripping into and breaking to a point of no return.
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My 99 is a classic too!
I don't recall any plastic tabs, if so, they are probably just glued in place and also can be easily removed. Doubt there actually covering any holes.
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Thanks for the response.

Used nylon kite string instead of fishing line since it kept on breaking. Unfortunately I let my neighbor use my heat gun 12 days ago and still he has'nt brought it back. So been using a plastic putty knife and lighter fluid to remove adhesive. I am so sick of loaning tools out to family and neighbors and having to ask for them back. No more after today and will be calling in all debts. But any way, looks like I got a little body work that is needed that was under the molding.
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post #6 of 19 Old 05-15-2011, 05:45 PM
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Looks nice, I jsut did this on my 99 classic, I still need to get something to take the final residue off though, there is still a faint line from where the glue was. Aslo my clear coat is pealing around that area, but whatever, I think it looks better than with the trim.

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My clear coat also started. I stopped for now until I get my 3m eraser wheel and will finish it up then. I'm sure that will work better and give the results I want.
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Thats what I was thinking, just have to get out and get one, I plan on removing the flares and trimming the fenders and I think that side molding would look wierd there by itself.

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well at least you won't worry about door dings with that big ol dent hahah
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yea a little body work is needed in the future. Goo b gone was working to slow for me.
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I heated up the panel with a blow drier..Came right off.

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I tried a heat gun came off in pieces instead of clean removal. Bought 3m adhesive cleaner and it helped but still lots of residue. Will be returning this can to see if I can get refund since it was expensive in my opinion. Auto part store was out of the eraser wheel. So ordered and should be here this week. Will post as I go.
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So the eraser wheel makes quick work on a tedious job. Unfortunately my white paint got yellowed from the adhesive. Rubbing compound and numerous other products were use to no avail. I have taken off body molding in the past, but this has to be one the toughest jobs I have ever done.So i decided to do a little body work and then paint the body molding to match as close to the door handles and rock sliders as I could. Really dont think they will last very long only because the previous color was the factory paint white. Small nicks will show the color. But after 3 coats and sanding in between coats, I think the finish came out ok.
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good call on the eraser wheel. i still dont get why people insist on using scrapers and chemicals and heat. when i removed my molding the eraser wheel made it a 30 minute job. but like you i had faded yellowish paint. so i painted the whole lower portion black.

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I got to be honest. I didnt even know of an eraser wheel until recently after doing some research. Showed the wheel to a couple of my friends and they have never seen one. But it sure does work.
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