Topic: Body side rubber mouldings
From: Surrey, B.C. Canada
Registered: Nov 2000
posted 07-11-2006 02:21 AM
I hope to paint my 85 Mustang hatchback fairly soon, and was wondering if there is a semi easy way to remove the rubber body side moldings without ruining them. I "practiced" on a doomed Mustang at a wrecking yard, and the moldings seem to have some type of metal backing that bends REALLY easily. Whatever glue that Ford used to secure these moldings seem to stick quite well!
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From: Lyons, IL, USA
Registered: May 99
posted 07-11-2006 11:02 AM
We never had any luck re-using them.
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From: Green Bay, WI
Registered: Aug 2005
posted 09-24-2006 02:07 AM
They make a tool for this. I have no idea what its called, but at the bodyshop we used it on an airhammer and went down vertically with it- betweem moulding and the tape. Basically its just a thin flat metal piece that is attached to a shaft to install in an airhammer, It really does work. If you just rip off a moulding that has a metal strip it will be all wavy. Other wise you can try a plastic spreader and carefully go behind and try to get all the double stick tape loosened till it can be remove. Can be tough, after years that two sided tape can be pretty tough to remove moulding from. Heating it up with a heat gun may possibly make it easier, just don't get overly hot and bubble the paint. You can try removing excess tape stuck to the body and moulding back by wiping alot with lacquer thinner, or most may ball and roll off the body by pushing with your fingers. thinner shouldn't hurt factory paint or a catalyzed paint, but you may want to check in an incospicuous area just to be sure. You can also try grinding the tape off the back of the moulding carefully or using a scotchbrite disk in an air tool. Once cleaned up if you want to reattach you can purchase more 3m double sided tape from an autobody supplier to reattach, or new mouldings should come with it already on. Heres a link to the tool, hope this helps you. Looks like its know longer has a metal blade. The tools been around awhile. You can ask at a paint and body supply, they may sell them.
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From: Western Canada
Registered: Dec 2005
posted 09-24-2006 11:08 AM
I've reused many with good sucsess. The trick is not to bend them or pull on them/stretch them.
Remove by using a guitar string, pulling it in a sawing action between the body and the molding, cutting through the tape.
Clean remaining tape off the molding by scraping and then varsol washing.
3M molding tape is the only ones that sticks, there are cheaper tapes by they fall off within months.
I destroyed many set of moldings, had many start falling off before I got it figured out finally.
From: Elyria, Ohio
Registered: Oct 2006
posted 12-01-2006 02:27 PM
this is an article on how to restore the moldings, but does tell how to remove them too
From: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Registered: Sep 2000
posted 12-01-2006 03:55 PM
That looks like an excellent tech article. Thanks for putting it up.
Bookmarked for future reference....
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