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
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...
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!
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.
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
1997 Black Jetta GLX - "the Beast" aka "the bucket"
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
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?
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