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Unread 02-24-2013, 08:47 PM   #1
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Side molding restore

I know there's a hundred topics like this but I couldn't find one that answered my question. I want to restore my side molding but on my forest green XJ the molding is a greenish color not black. Should they be black or is the green normal? I've seen other pictures of the green molding but like all XJs they all fade. I'm wondering if back to black would even help?


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Unread 02-27-2013, 07:32 PM   #2
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Is your XJ a Classic or Limited? The side panels on these models were commonly painted to match the vehicle's paint (at least most of the ones I've seen were like this, but some were like my Sport and had black panels).
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Unread 02-27-2013, 08:58 PM   #3
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I usually just tape off the plastic pieces and spray them with Krylon Fusion Satin Black paint. I've done a couple Cherokees with it and it looks great and doesn't fade.
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Unread 02-27-2013, 09:10 PM   #4
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Heat it up (dont burn/melt it) with a touch. That'll make it black again.
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Unread 02-28-2013, 02:32 PM   #5
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You should look at xj's where the molding is taken off its a nice clean look.
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Unread 03-02-2013, 08:05 PM   #6
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Side molding restore

I knew of the heat trick. I know painting is an option but I completely missed the fact that one of the pieces is missing, the small one on the front. Looks like I may be removing them since they're pulling away anyway.

My question was more of why are mine green and not black.

Anyone have any pics of the molding removed?


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Unread 03-03-2013, 07:20 AM   #7
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They may have a green look o them because of the chemicals in the plastic mine had a green hue to them when I took em off. I will get a pic in a bit of my XJ with the moldings off.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 07:58 AM   #8
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I've used the heat gun method and it works well. Having said that I also now remove them when they fade. Like the cleaner molding-less look much better.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:21 PM   #9
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Getting the trim adhesive off is a pain in the ***. Goof Off and some elbow grease.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 03:14 PM   #10
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Yea I googled some pics. Ill be removing the trim when I get a friend to detail it that way he can mess with the adhesive not me haha.


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