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Old 12-19-2009, 02:57 PM   #1
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Unhappy removing door trim

Hey all,

So, I'm trying to wrap my interior trim pieces (the parts that are brushed aluminum in some cars, or "wooden"). I've been following http://www.e46fanatics.com/howto/how...hp?howto_id=25 on trim removal. I've gotten to the door part now, and I've gotten the armrest to come off from the door, but in order to take the brushed aluminum+plastic part off the armrest, it seems like I'll have to unclip about TEN CLIPS!!!! I've already broken one clip trying to separate it... is there some sort of trick or does someone know any other methods? I've attached a picture in case it's hard to understand what I'm saying...


I want to separate the top silver part from the bottom part of the armrest, so that I can get my cf fabric to have nice edges..

Thanks in advance...
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Old 12-19-2009, 03:02 PM   #2
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I've done this twice, unfortunately and it is exactly as you think. What i did was unclipped each one a little bit, so that way when i pulled the two pieces apart they all came out.
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Old 12-19-2009, 03:05 PM   #3
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You're covering a brushed aluminum trim!!!! I would have traded you my wood so you can hide it instead.
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Old 12-19-2009, 03:09 PM   #4
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lowrider: Oh man, that is ridiculous. How did you keep the clips unclipped? 10 screwdrivers holding each clip unclipped? Some of the clips won't even bend back far enough without breaking.. How did you do it? Thanks!

derek0606: If you want front and rear armrests... Unfortunately I've already covered the trim in the front (and I gotta say, it looks SO GOOD).
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Old 12-20-2009, 01:06 PM   #5
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Damn a day late and a dollar short I guess haha.... I personally like the brushed aluminum look. Is that OEM or did you buy it?
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:19 PM   #6
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You're covering a brushed aluminum trim!!!! I would have traded you my wood so you can hide it instead.
I know right? And with CF no less.
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:55 PM   #7
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The problem with the aluminum trim is that every time someone lets go of their seatbelt, it flings itself at the door and dings the aluminum.. so now I have like 2384729834 little dings in the trim, haha
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