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howdo i remove chrome strips?

i have two 46 chevy cars and i was wondering how to remove the chrome strips without damaging them. can i just pop them off or is there a better way?



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You will find that there are nut and bolt style clips at the ends of most trim strips and the pop-out kind in between.
DO NOT just go at it hammer and tong with a screwdriver or crowbar popping the clips or you will have a bunch of mouldings to straighten out and that's hard and delicate work, buddy!
Check the style of clips on each moulding before messing with it. You may to look inside fenders, behind door panels, in the trunk, under the fender lips, to find the sneaky ones.
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As said above, most early cars have bolts and nuts on the ends of the strips and spring steel snap-in clips between. If you can crawl under the car and see the mounting points, wire brush them and the nuts and bolts will be obvious. Once they are unscrewed (or more likely broken off) I use a putty knife and gently pry from the ends moving down the car and popping out the metal clips. The putty knife serves two purposes. First it is flexible and will bend before the trim protecting it from damage. Second, it is wide and flexible enough to protect the sheet metal and paint from damage. I have not had good luck w/ screwdrivers or such 'cause they damage both trim and car nor with plastic pryers 'cause they are either too stiff or too soft to do the deed. Again, on a car that old they will likely be totally rusted and snap right off. Not to worry, original type replacements are available for all style clips.
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