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Old 10-20-2003, 11:38 AM
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Body molding/trim

Simple question, How do you remove the body trim without damaging paint and such. Part of it has already fallen off and the glue residue still remains as a ugly reminder. I own a 85 silverado 1/2 ton short bed/cab. Just so you know.

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Old 10-20-2003, 01:37 PM
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Try the stuff at the store called GOO GONE and let it soak on the residue. Also check with some of the body shops and see if they have some top secret stuff they use.

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Thee is another product called Goof Off you can find it at most hardware and Wal-Mart stores. I've used it and it works pretty good.
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Old 10-20-2003, 02:17 PM
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I've tried Goo Gone before with satisfactory results. It could only remove what could be scraped off with a finger nail and was really slow to use. I have even tried 3M's adhesive remover with out luck. Someone said a heat gun should work but did not state wether it would affect the paint underneath or not. I 'd rather not risk it if someone knows of a better idea.
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Dental floss slipped in behind might help cut off the rest using a sawing motion.
Or a heat gun used on the molding itself. This helps to protect the paint and softens the glue on the back of it. Pull on the molding edge that you have up as you slowly heat the rest. Keep moving the gun so as not to burn anything.
Don't worry about the glue thats left over. Just use the gun again very gently and role the thick stuff up with your fingers. Whats left over can be removed with a good cleaner/polish.

Use only plastic tools and don't let the metal get hotter than you can hold and the paint should be good.

I got these tips from the november Truckin mag. Hit the library for a more detailed article.
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Old 10-20-2003, 09:52 PM
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Sometimes ya just roll it onto itself with your thumb till it hurts then use your other thumb I hate the stuff...patience helps too
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Old 10-21-2003, 07:36 AM
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I'll try it. This truck has been repainted before and I don't know what kind of glue they have used. It's black and really hard. In fact. I can't even imagine why one would put those ugly trim pieces back on to begin with. They are very faded and most are cracked up and dull. Thanks for giving me more idea's.
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I hope its not somekind of construction adhesive. you might end up having a real hard time getting that off.
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I was told to get an adhesive eraser at the local paint shop. Attaches to a drill. Anyone have experiance on what this is or how well it works.
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Never heard of it but it probably just does the job of your finger and the heat gun. Warms it up with friction and roles it off.
I would stick with the gun and finger method. you can then controle the heat and finger roling better. If you get dirt or a rock stuck in it it might just scratch the paint.

But having never used one I wouldn't put much weight to my advice on the new tool.
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body mldgs,trim

What you are talking about is called a stripe eraser ,used for removing vinyl stripes , and also can be used for removing the double faced tapes that are used on stick-on moldings .They do chuck into a drill ,but ,they definitely create a lot of heat .I have to caution anyone using these ,as they have been known to ruin paint on cars that have been re-painted .There are also several commercial adhesive cleaners available in parts stores that sell paint supplies ,but be careful using these as well ,as they may soften/dull repainted cars . Just take your time ,and be patient ,some of those glues can be a real pain in the behind to remove . Rick
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