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Old 01-16-2009, 03:11 PM
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Window Chrome Trim Removal

Hello,

I can not decide whether or not to removal my chrome trim around the door windows of the Wagoneer. I would like to treat the rust behind them, but I do not want to risk damaging the pieces.

They are not held on by clips, but look like they were "molded" to the body. There are two small tabs on the ends of the top piece and it looks like if it is removed the side will come off. The problem is that they are "rolled" under and would need to be pry-ed off somehow.

Has anyone had success removing this type of trim and re-installing it without damage?

Thank you in advance for any help.

John
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Is it actually chrome? My best guess is its probably anodized aluminum, in which case you can carefully bend a tab and see if that allows it to slide off. I would imagaine theres some sort of adhesive on there though, otherwise wouldnt they rattle like crazy with just those things holding the entire piece on?
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I removed the trim without any damage and thought that I would share my experiences. I do realize that there are many different specialized trim removal tools available. I researched many different tools and actually found a tool in my box that worked. I think it is a very old putty knife or scraper that was one ground down very thin. It did the job without having to spend extra money on a specialized tool. I will also add that patience is the key.

I carefully slid the knife between the trim and body and continuously worked the trim loose without prying until it "popped" off.
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:22 PM
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bmm,

You are correct that it is not chrome.

(I picked the Grand Wagoneer as my guinea pig to learn on and I do not believe that there is a better teacher than this beast. I have learn a tremendous amount of general auto repair from this vehicle in preparation for something special one day.)

Anyway, this trim looked like it was molded to the body by machine at the factory. There were no clips, no adhesive, just folded around the body very tightly. It could not be slid off because the ends were folded around the body as well. I'm glad that I removed it because there was major rust problems underneath.

Thank you for your help and I hope that my posting maybe helpful to someone in the future.

John
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Everytime someone does something there is something to be learned. Glad it worked out for you.
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