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Old 02-26-2009, 08:54 PM   #1
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Removing Exterior Trim On A Sedan

Okay just got my shadowline and I cannot find any useful stuff for a sedan. maybe I fail at searching. But im begging anyone who has knowledge on how to remove this to please enlighten me. thanks!
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:56 PM   #2
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Start at the front end near the mirrors, and pull up very hard and be careful not to scratch your paint. Usually it will destroy the old trim in the process. As you get near the curve at the end, be careful as you remove the trim since the clips there seem more prone to breaking for some reason. But the trim is just held in by plastic clips that snap in. No sliding or screws or anything.
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:07 PM   #3
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You'll be fine if you don't act like an ass in an infomercial and be all herkyjerky. Those clips aren't as delicate as you think. I didn't break any.
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:21 AM   #4
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Thanks for the quick responses guys. So I really dont want to break any of the pieces. I will take a look at that link and let you guys know how the install goes later on. do you tuck the shadowline in the trim piece?
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I dont recommend this install. I just attempted it and failed. It requires a LOT of patience. If I grow to hate the chrome enough, I will order another roll and try again. Until then, shadowline sucks.
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An update for anyone that cares, I took the trim back off again. And I painted it. Sanded down real nice, primered it(rustoleum auto primer), 3 Coats of flat black(krylon), and 1 flat clear coat(krylon). Should have the trim back on tomorrow. will post pics.
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I thought you meant Shadowline as in OEM Shadowline gloss black trim from the dealer. Not taking off the old trim and spray painting it black. But yeah, removing that trim is hard.
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dunno if its the same on the sedan but on the coupe you need to start in the inside and pull off the rubber sealing, theres a set of 12 screws (coupe) on each side, once those come off then the clips are a breeze to pull out, GL.
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post some pic, i was going to paint mine then i saw the shadowline thing but now am thinking painting is simpler
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I can tell you from experience, painting is much much more simple. The shadowline vinyl was a headache. Im 17 and my back started hurting. haha it gets bubbles and you have to stretch it out and all that. Unless you have a lot of patience, I would not go the vinyl route.
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I can tell you from experience, painting is much much more simple. The shadowline vinyl was a headache. Im 17 and my back started hurting. haha it gets bubbles and you have to stretch it out and all that. Unless you have a lot of patience, I would not go the vinyl route.
i would think its a two man job, one person hold the trim while the other stretch the vinyl.
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yeah it really is. but my brother was not willing to stop watching Seinfeld to help me. I just put the 2nd coat of flat black on. It's looking way better than the vinyl. Debating on whether or not to add the flat clear coat.
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yeah it really is. but my brother was not willing to stop watching Seinfeld to help me. I just put the 2nd coat of flat black on. It's looking way better than the vinyl. Debating on whether or not to add the flat clear coat.
you bas**rd you i thought you did the clear coat, just playing, just came back from parts source with three cans (primer paint clear coat), i got the clear coat so i could repair my rims later on, so if yours looks out of place i wont clear coat mine.

i dont ever want to take trim off again, give me a sledge hammer and tell me to take down a house, every clip that was like funk i broke it, no i didnt, funk i broke it blaa blaa..

guess i'll start sanding tonite..
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glad to hear your gonna try it. I just finished mine tonight and they are on the car. Okay so here are my steps.
1) Sand the trim down to a comfortable finish.
2) Use a good automobile primer(rustoleum) and do 1 good coat. Let it dry over night.
3) 3 coats of a flat black. I used krylon.
4) 2 coats of flat clear coat. I used krylon. (yes, I did do the clear coat. it made no change to the finish)
5) make sure its dry and reapply to your car!
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glad to hear your gonna try it. I just finished mine tonight and they are on the car. Okay so here are my steps.
1) Sand the trim down to a comfortable finish.
2) Use a good automobile primer(rustoleum) and do 1 good coat. Let it dry over night.
3) 3 coats of a flat black. I used krylon.
4) 2 coats of flat clear coat. I used krylon. (yes, I did do the clear coat. it made no change to the finish)
5) make sure its dry and reapply to your car!
good stuff, hopefully with the clear coat you'll get less visible chips and scratch,.. am sanding with 400g and then 600g, i think that should be ok, i'll find out after i've done the 600g
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Yeah that should be plenty. i was too impatient to sand twice. I would advise it though. heres a pic or two.

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Yeah that should be plenty. i was too impatient to sand twice. I would advise it though. heres a pic or two.

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looking good, paint looks nice, how did you get the trim off the door, i remember seeing it some just dont know where.
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lucky for you, i took a pic demonstrating. only thing is, start at the front end and get it started and use your hand to pull it up. no snaps or screws. slides straight up.

edit: for extra clarification, you pry up. i put a rag in between the bar and the interior panel for leverage and protection. and when you go to reapply, take wd-40 and spray it on a rag and wipe the tab that holds the trim piece. it is much more difficult to put the trim back on. especially on the back door. you can handle it though.
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i tried the vinyl, for about 5 minutes, it was a pia and looked like ass.............sem trim black ftmfw
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hey idk if your going to replace ur trim but i need the back 8" long piece thats curved for my rear passenger door if ur interested in selling it?
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