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Old 04-05-2009, 11:41 AM
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Removing/appling trim + adhesives

I was wondering what the collision shop way to do this is (fast).

I am preparing my Jeep and my friends drift car for painting and I'm having a hard time fighting all the trim and stuff they glued onto these cars. So, can you tell me how a body shop does this stuff?

- On the sides of the Jeep, there are these cheap plastic/rubber 4 inch trim pieces... Those were easy to remove, I just used a heat gun and a screw driver to pry one edge up.

- The horrible pinstripe was so uv baked I couldnt just pull it off (it just keep breaking every 1/2 inch or so), so I ended up using a razor blade scraper to pull it off, which damaged the paint in some areas. How does a body shop remove these without damaging the paint?

- There are these vynil pieces on the side that are like the cheap way I supose they made it "two-tone" that cover the lower portions of the door also.

Allleft this horrible adhesive that I can't remove. I've tried scraping it off with a razor blade scraper, but it didn't work, so I then tried lacquor thinner and that just made it gooey but still wouldn't come off the car.

How do you put these pieces back on the car? Do you paint the pinstrip or use tape? How do you match the pinstripe to the rest of the cars pinstripe if doing a spot repair, or do the colors generally not vary much.

When painting a car, do you remove all the trim held on with that foam double sided tape usually or leave it on and paint over it. If you take it off, do you remove all the adhesive first under the cars trim before painting it?

When you do a overall repaint or even a spot reapair where there is a vynil sticker like "4x4" or " Dakota Sport", do you buy a new one to stick back on or what?

Thanks for any and all help,


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razor blade on a scraper handle works for removing the adhesive crap from the body side moldings
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I got a thing at the local auto paint supply place. They called it an eraser. It was basically a rubber wheel with a threaded shaft, like a wire wheel but rubber or something. Chucked it into my drill and it worked like a hot damn removing pin stripes and tough baked on decals, and the glue that held em on.
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The eraser wheel is the way to go. And to go one step further get the proper tool for it. It is a die grinder with a gear reduction and it works MUCH better than using a drill or other tool.

But that is what we use at the shop, almost every bodyman has one, they are the cats meow.

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