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Old 04-01-2009, 12:20 AM   #1
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Removing exterior door trim?

I just got a 2003 Focus (84k miles on it). Over all it is in excellent shape and was well maintained....runs awesome!
Anyway, I don't really care for the black plastic trim that is on the outside of the doors and was wondering if anyone could give me some tips/advice on how to safely remove these without damaging the finish?


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Old 04-01-2009, 12:23 AM   #2
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dont remove it! There is holes back there and it will not be easy to put back on. I know form experiance.

atleast i belive there is hole in a 03 the same as a 01
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:26 AM   #3
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^^^That's pretty straight forward and clear, I wouldn't do it lol.
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:28 AM   #4
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10-4 on that LOL. thanks!
(I was under the assumption that it had retainers that were placed on with adhesive.)
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Old 04-01-2009, 12:32 AM   #5
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well how do you get them off tho i need to take mine off to prep my door for paint
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I need advice, i have the cancerous rust so bad on my driver side door I was better off buying a new one instead of repairing the original. Now i have a new/Used door with nothing else on it (trim, interior trims ect..) the only thing that came with the door was the power window, so I have to swap out everything from the door on the car to this new door. My question/advice is how do I safely remove the exterior trim and remove the old double side tape from the "new" door? I have an 02 svt. Thank you.
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I just had to remove the molding off my 2004 zx3. It's only held by double sided tape however getting the tape off the molding itself was a real bi...... Even using 3m adhesive remover I found that you need to remove as much of the tape first using a razor blade.

After leaving a tiny layer of the tape the 3m adhesive remover works well. Removing the left over on the door was easy with the 3m remover' it's actually safe on paint.

To remove the molding from the car just heat the it up with a hair drier to loose me up then pull carefully.

To reinstall the molding I used 3m super strneght molding tape 03609
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you can just grab then at the front where they are pointy and rip them off. I just used arm strength on my '03. but we welded all the holes up ground it down and filled it.
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