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Exterior Trim Removal

This is a discussion on Exterior Trim Removal within the Appearance Section forums, part of the General Help category; I decided to go out on a whim and remove the trim off the doors and the quarter panels this ...

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    Exterior Trim Removal

    I decided to go out on a whim and remove the trim off the doors and the quarter panels this afternoon after cleaning up the car. It took about 1.5 hours to do both sides, which consisted of removing the trim, using WD40 to remove the left over residue, and then waxing back over the area once done. I took both before and after shots...

    Items used: Extension cord, GF's Hairdryer (finally a good use for it), WD40, Wax...

    It makes the car look so much cleaner, IMO...





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    Looks great Brian, I used g/fs hairdryer when I did mine as well
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    woow looks really good. never thought of doing that

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    Quote Originally Posted by greatwhiteZ28 View Post
    woow looks really good. never thought of doing that
    thanks guys!

    GWz28, it would look awesome on your white car...

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    One of the BEST appearance mods out there for the Camaro's and its FREE

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    just for the record it wont mess anyof the paint up or anything if done rihgt? and correct me if i wrong but the molding and panel are 2 different materials becasue after looking at mine they seem to be two different colors? im i half right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greatwhiteZ28 View Post
    just for the record it wont mess anyof the paint up or anything if done rihgt? and correct me if i wrong but the molding and panel are 2 different materials becasue after looking at mine they seem to be two different colors? im i half right?
    if you go slow and dont literally rip off the molding, you will have no paint issues. we went slow doing it on my car. my GF heated up the area and would slowly pull it off and i would follow her by removing the adheisive compund while it was still warm. then i would go over the area again with WD40 to remove any of the remaining residue, and then made another pass with wax once done...

    your front fenders and doors are composite plastic and your rear quater panels are metal. the molding is also either a composite plastic or hardened rubber. as for them being different colors, that is possible because of sun and weather factors, or optical confusion. i would think that unless your car has sat outside for the last 5 years your paint will be fine and you would not have any discoloring issues...

    here is a picture of some guys TA who took off the side trim off his car...



    and here's a link to the other site:
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    Looks really good Brian!

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    Looks good!!!
    I've been debating on this mod for my Camaro. It'd be nice to give it a cleaner look but I worry about getting any inadvertent door dings.

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    Man that looks good. I always wanted to do that to mine, but just never got around to it.

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    cool thanlks for showing a white car and how more drastic it looks for me. i would love to see a white Z w with

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    SSwt00SS That looks awsome!!! That white TA looks amazing without trim!!!
    When I repaint mine is comin off too. My car is resprayed and they sprayed over the trim so I cant do it right now.

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    Nice job! I want a BLACK car so bad!

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    well today i was going to tackel this job, but after looking at my Z i see taht the molding actully flow with my lwr g efx. call me old fashion but the g effx stick out past the body a lil and soo does the moling. its like it compliements each other soo i decided not to do due to personal pref.

    but IMO looks good if i didnt have the g efx, still love both soo dont hate

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    I want to do it, but I just can't bring myself to taking it off even though I can put it back on!

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    I need to see a red Camaro with the molding taken off! Maybe I will be the test bed for the red rockets!

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    Wow! Looks good! Came off cleaner than I thought that would. Luckily GM doesn't add plastic brackets behind them hooking them to the body requiring extra body work and paint like some other companies *cough*Honda*cough*.

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    you want to see a red camaro without the molding? DONE lol after i read this red, i went out and took them off...filthy...it tooks far cleaner and smoother, as if the molding didnt flow with the looks of the car...ill post pics shortly
    Last edited by sstud; 05-15-2007 at 06:56 PM.

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    lets see some pics man!!!

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    Yea, I bet a red car looks so awsome without trim. I love the red camaros the way it is.

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