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Old 09-22-2003, 07:09 PM   #1
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Removing the moldings on a ZX-3????

Is it hard to remove the moldings? Like the side and rear moldings? How do I do it? I want to paint them.


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Old 09-22-2003, 08:10 PM   #2
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rear one i think is taped on, and so are the side ones, sometimes there are holes behind the trim somtimes there arnt
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Old 09-22-2003, 08:47 PM   #3
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Rear piece (well, on a hatch) is held on by 4 bolts. Side ones are on by double-sided tape, and holes in the door for alignment pegs.
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Get a piece of fishing line, fairly long. Wrap each end of the fishing line around some wooden dowels. Now, hook the line in between the moulding and body and pull the fishing line between the moulding and body in order to release it. You may want to leave the car in the sun or heat the moulding slightly with a heat gun before this in order to soften up the glue. Good Luck
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Take it to a body shop, let them take it off. They got a special tool that can take it right off. It will leave some of the double sided tape behind so you probably have to get more to replace it. Good luck my friend!
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crap crap crap! Are there really holes on the side doors when you remove the molding? I want to remove it because my friend accidentally got wax on it the first time he waxed my car cause I wanted him to show me how to do it properly since he was a detailer....then when I did it myself I got wax on em also...both of these problems made the moldings turn whiteish in the spots where wax was on it...now it won't come off no matter what I try....everything is a failure :( sigh...
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try an eraser on teh moldings, i hear that works, but yes some of them have holes some of them dont
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thanks mofocus...I'll try that whenever I get some free time and can see!!! thanks a lot...I'll keep yah posted
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...I got wax on em also...both of these problems made the moldings turn whiteish in the spots where wax was on it...now it won't come off no matter what I try....
i've gotten wax off of trim by using a cleaner on a paper towel and wiping -- carefully -- only the trim to remove it.

wax isn't rocket science... you just need to find a cleaner that is designed to dissolve wax. anything you see on TV claiming it can remove crayon from a wall should do the trick.

if you accidentally get any on the paint, don't worry. it will only strip the wax off the paint... wash that area and wax it again (but don't get the wax on the trim that time ;)

it should work -- yanking the trim just because there's wax on it is kinda extreme ;)
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For removing wax, I've also heard that peanut butter works. I've never tried it, but its rumored to work.
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