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Old 08-20-2011, 08:52 AM   #1
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Interior door moulding falling off

I apologize if this has been covered before. I searched the site, but was unable to find anything.

I have a 2004 M3. The interior moulding that surrounds the window frame on my car has started to droop and fall off. It looks like the rubber/plastic has just started to break down as both the driver and passenger sides are falling off. The tear extends on hot days.

I tried to fix it with trim adhesive, but that only held for a couple days.

Here is a picture. Can anyone provide some guidance on the best way to reattach it?

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Old 08-20-2011, 09:25 AM   #2
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I had the same problem on my car. The best thing that has worked for me so far is this double sided 3M tape (used to hold moldings on outsides of cars). You should be able to get it at good automotive stores. The tape is like a thin strip of foam with adhesive on both sides.


Don't use gorilla glue, it expands and then loses its hold after a year or so.

Hope that helps.
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Old 08-20-2011, 01:56 PM   #3
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Had the same problem.

I'm not sure if we're referring to the same adhesive, but I used this: http://www.3m.com/product/informatio...-Adhesive.html

The trick though is that, once you apply the adhesive, fasten it in place with strips of painter's tape along the length of the door. The tape puts a nice firm pressure on the adhesive and allows it to set properly. I left the tape there for six hours and it has held ever since (taped last November).

Good luck!
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Old 08-20-2011, 02:28 PM   #4
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This a common problem thats been covered many times on the forum. Some people have used gorilla glue with good results. Others have chosen to rip the trim out completely.
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:14 PM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions. I picked up some of the 3M tape today and the initial results are much better than the 3M spray adhesive I tried previously.

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Old 08-21-2011, 03:18 AM   #6
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moulding Trim Falling off

I have the same year and I have the same problem .
Used many glues and held it with tape on top. Came out after some time.
Jesse which of these did you use?
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-M3-...Tape/ES244323/
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-M3-...Tape/ES127507/

Or if its something different..
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Old 08-21-2011, 03:29 AM   #7
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When I first bought my M3 coupe the door aperture rubber was doing the same (felt dropping away from rubber seal) so I used a product called "Sikaflex" but basically it's windscreen sealer. It worked a treat and is still stuck fast. If you need anymore info regarding application ect please ask.
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:19 AM   #8
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I am not sure if it is exactly the same item, but what I use looked very similar to this one:

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-M3-...Tape/ES244323/

It was about 1/2" wide and had the same red backing on it. It was just the right width to fit in the channel of the drooping rubber piece.

Here is a link to the product I used.

http://www.amazon.com/3M-03614-Scotc.../dp/B002JOVUO0

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Old 08-21-2011, 08:02 AM   #9
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I found by using "Sikaflex" (windscreen/windshield glue) you could put a nice sensible bead of sealer/glue (approx 1/4"-1/2" high) along the rubber then gently pat the felt strip back into position and it will stay in place straight away. It's stayed put ever since. If you happen to have any excess coming out if you spray some soapy water over the glue that may of oozed out then you can gently and easily remove the excess with a plastic card/blade/scraper without it sticking and spreading anywhere else. "Daz"
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Old 08-21-2011, 03:54 PM   #10
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3M Black... HANDS DOWN! I used it on my car that did the exact same thing. Using on a warm day will help the curing. You don't need much of a bead for it to be effective either. After applying the adhesive I used painters tape about every 3in to secure the molding. I personally left the tape on for 3-4 hours and it is like new.

I don't recommend using 2 sided tape. Moisture can have a negative impact on the adhesion. The 3M Black weatherstrip adhesive is inexpensive and also creates a water tight seal. Any national chain auto store will carry it.

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Old 04-21-2013, 01:36 PM   #11
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3M Black... HANDS DOWN! I used it on my car that did the exact same thing. Using on a warm day will help the curing. You don't need much of a bead for it to be effective either. After applying the adhesive I used painters tape about every 3in to secure the molding. I personally left the tape on for 3-4 hours and it is like new.

I don't recommend using 2 sided tape. Moisture can have a negative impact on the adhesion. The 3M Black weatherstrip adhesive is inexpensive and also creates a water tight seal. Any national chain auto store will carry it.
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I just did it to mine using the same. It seems to be holding great so far!

Tip:
The adhesive doesn't stick right away (and it seems to continue to come out of that bottle forever) so I suggest having a friend tape up the liner while you are gluing.
So that way it won't droop down with fresh glue on it.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:06 PM   #12
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The double sided tape I used lasted for ~6 months and then came loose. I pulled out the tape and used Permatex Ultra. That has held extremely well.

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Old 04-25-2013, 11:59 AM   #13
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I just ripped mine out. It literally serves no purpose other than aesthetic, my passenger door (missing trim) seals exactly the same as my drivers.
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