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    Thread: DIY door molding install (bodyshop secrets revealed!)

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      09-27-2008 03:55 AM #1
      I know this has been covered millions of times but i just wanted to share my technique that ive developed over the last 10 years of working in bodyshops

      heres what you need...


      ive found it more difficult to get the tape to adhere to the molding not so much to the clean paint on the car, GM adhesion promoter makes the bond from the tape to the molding almost permanent, here is the part nmbr avail at any gm dealer...

      ive found the easiest and fastest way to remove the old tape has been this technique...

      clean really good with acetone and apply adhesion promoter to molding only, NOT to car, it just makes a mess and isnt neccesary as the 3m tape sticks very well to clean paint...

      apply tape...

      clean the old tape/glue from the car if any, and make sure its a clean...

      a few other hints make sur you install the door moldings back far enough to clear the panel in front when the door opens or it will catch and pull your molding off!

      ...and your done!

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    2. 09-27-2008 08:23 AM #2
      nice write up, thats exactly how I used to do it as well when I worked in a body shop. I see tons of sagging and missing moldings on mk3s, hopefully some people read this haha

    3. 09-27-2008 08:24 AM #3
      Great write up... Thanks

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      09-27-2008 01:12 PM #4
      haha thanks, thats exactly why i did, every mk3 i see has at least one missing!
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      09-27-2008 02:51 PM #5
      I just picked up a full set of smoothie moldings from the JY, so this will come in handy.
      Any tips on painting them? The one's I grabbed were Sequoia green, but some of them are going on a black Golf. I was thinking of just grabbing some of that Fusion stuff in the rattle cans.

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      09-27-2008 03:13 PM #6
      Nice write up.

    7. 09-27-2008 07:33 PM #7
      so just go to any GM dealer and they should have that adhesive?

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      09-27-2008 09:13 PM #8
      nice!

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      09-28-2008 01:55 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by mac504tx »
      so just go to any GM dealer and they should have that adhesive?
      the adhesion promoter in the can is gm, the tape can be bought at any automotive paint supply store
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      09-28-2008 02:03 PM #10

      i think the the guy that painted this was color blind...


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      09-28-2008 02:12 PM #11
      Quote, originally posted by 2deepn2dubs »
      , every mk3 i see has at least one missing!


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      09-28-2008 06:53 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by Vortexpert »

      i think the the guy that painted this was color blind...

      ...you mean the robots at the factory were color blind?
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      09-28-2008 10:55 PM #13
      You also have to pull them tight or stretch them ever so slightly sometimes as they end up short. I need to do all the moldings on the jetta I just picked up. The PO fixed a couple with what looks like liquid nails and made a mess in the process
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      09-29-2008 03:07 AM #14
      wait..what?? why would you tape it like that?? just replace these ... with new ones...

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      09-29-2008 12:03 PM #15
      ^ Not all of the mk3's came with snap on moldings. Many (if not all) of the smoothed/painted molding were a flexible rubbery material that was glued/adhered to the car from the factory.

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      09-29-2008 12:30 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by mj23afs »
      ^ Not all of the mk3's came with snap on moldings. Many (if not all) of the smoothed/painted molding were a flexible rubbery material that was glued/adhered to the car from the factory.

      could be, I just never saw it attached that way, maybe it's oem thing only, dont know


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      09-29-2008 12:44 PM #17

      Only early Mk3's and european models had snap ins.
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      09-29-2008 01:26 PM #18
      ya pretty much all the factory textured moldings have clips and painted ones are taped
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    19. 11-20-2008 01:44 PM #19
      Just did this, followed this DIY and worked out great. I think my door skins will come off before my moldings will now.

    20. 11-20-2008 02:05 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by bodybagged »
      Just did this, followed this DIY and worked out great. I think my door skins will come off before my moldings will now.

      How much was it for the adhesion promoter at the GM dealership?


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      11-20-2008 03:46 PM #21
      I used 3M Adhesive Remover, a credit card, and some paper towels and did my 2.0l moldings (wish i could do them to my vr but they have shrunk.) But your method is just as effective and probably takes less time




      Modified by steve188 at 2:47 PM 11-20-2008

      PTAC!

    22. 11-20-2008 04:02 PM #22
      i used the same tape, didint use any promoter.. just cleaned everything really good and wiped it down with rubbing alc. and heated both surfaces with the heat gun...and they are damn solid now

    23. 11-20-2008 04:56 PM #23
      *watched*

    24. 11-20-2008 08:14 PM #24
      I went to the GM dealer and they wanted $31 for the adhesion promoter .

      I'll just use the tape for now, and make sure I clean the surfaces really well


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      11-21-2008 10:10 AM #25
      bent razor blade trick i usually spray the old tape with the 3m adhesive remover shown above and let it soak for 10 minutes. then the razor blade takes it off like a hot knife through butter.

    26. 11-21-2008 10:29 AM #26
      ...now wash your hands. lol

      Good info


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      11-21-2008 10:33 AM #27
      i use a razor blade for this but never thought of bending it, beer for you

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      12-17-2008 05:13 PM #28
      @captainsaveadub

    29. 06-14-2009 11:06 AM #29
      Gonna use my day off to do this one.

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      07-20-2013 09:56 PM #31
      I need some advise on painting the moldings. The three left on the car are EXTREMELY faded. Is there a special type of paint, or can I just use some touch-up paint on the moldings?

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      07-23-2013 04:29 PM #32
      whats an easy way to take the moldings off of the car? im thinking of painting mine black. i haev a 95 vr6..would it be taped or clipped? PO actually had the car repainted a couple of years back, probably from maaco or earl sheib though, not a bad job, but im scared they didnt take the moldings off and just sprayed right on top of them..should i be worried about pulling the moldings off without damamging the paint?

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