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post #1 of 14 Old 03-04-2020, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Molding adhesive removal ?

Looking to remove the black rubber/plastic factory lower body exterior molding on my 96 Cherokee as it is toast. Half of it is already gone due to weather, moisture, sun, etc., anyway. Underneath there is a thick gray adhesive paste that looks like it's gonna be a real hassle to remove without really screwing up the paint .
I'm thinking a hand held heat gun / hair dryer { on low heat setting } and then scrub lightly with mineral spirits might work.
Anyone ever removed this adhesive before, if so, any recommendations ?

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post #2 of 14 Old 03-05-2020, 01:57 AM
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Some guys use an eraser wheel.
Just have to not get to aggressive to the point that you burn the paint.
There are various adhesive/wax/grease removers out there.
I prefer the 3M 08984 General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner.
Not cheap but works great.
Little goes a long way and it does not evaporate quickly like some.
Best to wet whatever you are removing and let it sit for a couple seconds
before you go at it.
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Not that it matters, but those aren't factory moldings. That's stuff the dealer added that came on a roll.
Best way to start is to get a heat gun.
Heat the molding, pulling on it gently till the tape starts coming away from the paint.
A small plastic squeegee can be helpful to pry/scrape the tape away while it's hot without damaging the paint as you pull up the molding.
Then, as Ralph said, an adhesive remover and rags to get the rest off.

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I'll see if I can find the 3M remover at the local NAPA auto parts store and give it a shot !
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I'll see if I can find the 3M remover at the local NAPA auto parts store and give it a shot !
Thanks.
You can.
That is where I buy mine.
But you can probably do better elsewhere.
I work there so.......

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https://www.amazon.com/3M-General-Pu.../dp/B00ZIM9XPI
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Waa Hooo !! Man, they sure are in love with this stuff , $$$$$$$$....!!
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Waa Hooo !! Man, they sure are in love with this stuff , $$$$$$$$....!!
Yeah I was not joking when I said it wasn't cheap.
But I gotta tell ya.
I was dealing with a fair amount double sided tape things.
Where I even bought a second one to have in "stock" just in case.
Well I have not even used 1/2 of the first container so......
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No, you were not !!!
I got a can of the 3M the other day at the local auto parts store for $26.95 and also a couple of plastic spatula's as well. Now I just need to find the time to get to it, lol ! Some of the crap they used to attach these big ugly moldings is really heavy & thick, and with the diverse weather we get up here, is gonna be a bear to get off . Want to break out a pile of old rags, heat gun / hair dryer, and be able to dedicate an entire day to it and get it over with....soon, I hope !
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I actually think the molding will come off easier then you think.
If you have an end to get a hand hold on thinking rip it off just like a band aid.
Also dental floss works well too. Just stay flat on the Jeep cause the dental floss will cut into the molding.
And thinking if you are not putting it back on can make a couple bucks from selling them.
So looking at the molding I am guessing that there are 2 or 3 strips of double sided tape on there.
Did you get the little "3 in 1 oiler top" with the 3M stuff?
Let us assume that the majority of the double sided tape stayed on the Jeep.
Using the "oil top" just dribble on the remover the entire length of the strip at the top if it.
So it drips down. Give it a couple seconds. I prefer the plastic razor blades that Napa sells but sure the spatulas will be fine.
Just go easy with the stuff and let it work for a bit before you go at it.
On a rag too. Just wet a corner when you are rubbing the Jeep to get that last bit off.
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I actually think the molding will come off easier then you think.
If you have an end to get a hand hold on thinking rip it off just like a band aid.
I'd avoid this method. It's possible to rip large patches of paint off doing this where the tape has adhered really well.
Of course any way you do it there's a chance of that happening, but with heat and slow, careful peeling it's far less likely.

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I'd avoid this method. It's possible to rip large patches of paint off doing this where the tape has adhered really well.
Of course any way you do it there's a chance of that happening, but with heat and slow, careful peeling it's far less likely.
You do bring up a good point.
On my '96 it was practically falling off as it was and came off fine but......
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The molding on my Jeep is thick, heavy, and somewhat brittle, and not very flexible . I did get a huge chuck to peel off "like a band-aid " but that left a lot of adhesive on the door . I too, am worried about the paint coming off with the molding. The previous owner did a re-paint a few years ago, and have to wonder how durable it might be. For now, my first attempt { when the weather warms up } will be with the 3M 08984 , a warm, not hot heat gun, and a plastic spatula , and see what happens .
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The molding on my Jeep is thick, heavy, and somewhat brittle, and not very flexible . I did get a huge chuck to peel off "like a band-aid " but that left a lot of adhesive on the door . I too, am worried about the paint coming off with the molding. The previous owner did a re-paint a few years ago, and have to wonder how durable it might be. For now, my first attempt { when the weather warms up } will be with the 3M 08984 , a warm, not hot heat gun, and a plastic spatula , and see what happens .
Did they paint the whole Jeep and put the molding on afterwards?
I just ask cause I could see some people just masking it off.
Some people would not even put it back on if they did take it off to paint.
They prefer it that way like you.
I can go either way on that. LOL.
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Looks like they painted the entire Jeep, and then applied the molding afterward. As you can see in my previous post & picture, the wide molding at the bottom { above the rocker panels } is starting to come off. I have since removed the shown section on the passenger side door . That was the worst area, but am looking to take it ALL off, and NOT replace it. If I have to, I'll repaint the areas .
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