Body side molding replacement help

jaguarjoe

Original poster
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Nov 22, 2012
73
Does anyone know what's involved with replacing some body side molding on a TB?

The adhesive broke down at the front end of the rear door. When the rear door was subsequently opened, the molding caught on the edge of the front door and buckled.

Is there a way to do it without harming the paint underneath?

Interestingly, this is called B84 molding, exactly the same as it was called by GM 30 years ago.

Thanks in advance for all your wisdom.

Joe
 

dmanns67

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Apr 3, 2013
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Ohio
When I removed my side molding I used the wife's hair dryer to heat up the double sided tape that holds the side molding on then used 25lb test fishing line to cut right through the tape. It cuts right through without damaging the side molding or the paint.

Once The side molding is off, I would recommend a 3M eraser wheel (It attaches to any house hold drill) to remove the excess double sided tape from the door of your TB as well as the side molding (Your hands and fingers will thank you). I picked up some new 3M side molding tape from auto zone to replace the old tape. Meguiar's Scratch X 2.0 works great on cleaning up the faint lines left from the side molding tape. If you are going to put the side molding back on then you would not have to worry about that. Goo Gone works well to remove any left over adhesive as well.

Make sure the surface is cleaned very well and then use some rubbing alcohol on the door and side molding prior to putting the new side molding tape on to ensure a good adhesion between the surfaces.

Removing the side molding is quick. The time consuming part of the job is removing the old tape and prepping the side molding and door for reinstallation. Ever thought about taking all of the side molding off and leaving it off? I took my side molding off my 07 TB earlier this year and the paint looked great underneath and blended very well with the rest of the door. I was worried that it would be darker, but everything matches great.
 

xtitan1

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Jun 5, 2013
467
dmanns67 said:
When I removed my side molding I used the wife's hair dryer to heat up the double sided tape that holds the side molding on then used 25lb test fishing line to cut right through the tape. It cuts right through without damaging the side molding or the paint.

Once The side molding is off, I would recommend a 3M eraser wheel (It attaches to any house hold drill) to remove the excess double sided tape from the door of your TB as well as the side molding (Your hands and fingers will thank you). I picked up some new 3M side molding tape from auto zone to replace the old tape. Meguiar's Scratch X 2.0 works great on cleaning up the faint lines left from the side molding tape. If you are going to put the side molding back on then you would not have to worry about that. Goo Gone works well to remove any left over adhesive as well.

Make sure the surface is cleaned very well and then use some rubbing alcohol on the door and side molding prior to putting the new side molding tape on to ensure a good adhesion between the surfaces.

Removing the side molding is quick. The time consuming part of the job is removing the old tape and prepping the side molding and door for reinstallation. Ever thought about taking all of the side molding off and leaving it off? I took my side molding off my 07 TB earlier this year and the paint looked great underneath and blended very well with the rest of the door. I was worried that it would be darker, but everything matches great.

+5,000,000 on the 3m eraser wheel. I would just take all the side molding off because I think it looks better. You can't even tell mine was there. I used pretty much this process described by dmmans except I used BFWD compound with a Flex 3401 polisher that i have since I'm an amateur detailer instead of meguiars scratch x but its the same idea.

I couldn't tell from your post if the original side molding is actually broken or not. If it is and you want to replace it then obviously you need to search around and buy a replacement and then follow the steps for reinstallation that dmmans gave.
 

jaguarjoe

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Member
Nov 22, 2012
73
I forgot to mention it, but the one piece of molding on the back door is buckled pretty bad and will need replacing. I've been out voted on removing it all.
Fishing line is a really good idea.
 

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