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I have removed side molding before and an older 97 Tahoe and it took like 3 straight days to do. What is the best way to get the side molding off of of the 300 that is about half way running down both doors? I know this is obvoius but the goal is to be the easiest way possible please.
 

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If the car is fairly new, you should be ale to use some fishing line and place behind the front prtion of the molding and pull up and down while pulling backwards. As soon as you get a few inches loose you should be able to grab ahold a gently pull the rest off. After it is all off there may be a bit of adhesive left. Use your thumb to roll it off then use 3M wax and grease remover to take off the residual. FYI The rear trunk wing has holes under it. The other emblems do not.
 

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I just heated them up with a hairdryer and slowly pulled them off.
Not much glue left behind at all. Just be careful when you get to the
end a piece to not let it scratch the paint.
Good Luck.





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I have removed side molding before and an older 97 Tahoe and it took like 3 straight days to do. What is the best way to get the side molding off of of the 300 that is about half way running down both doors? I know this is obvoius but the goal is to be the easiest way possible please.
 

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Hey,
I used dental floss to get it started....then with one steady slow pull...it comes off very nicely. I also used Goof Off to clean off the extra glue!
Cheers,
Bob
 

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Marcusholm How Long Did You Leave The Hair Dryer On It Before Pulling It Off? I Guess I Shouldnt Get Discouraged Cuz My Car Is Only Like 6 Months Old. The Tahoe Im Sure Was Just Much Worse B/c Of The Age And Mileage
 

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Word to the WIZE >>

Use a block eraser instead of your thumb, so you don't get blisters... I learned the hard way.
 

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I do agree with Aspendog on the eraser, but there really is not much if any adhesive left over. On larger projects the eraser, though messy, works like a charm.
 

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slawkins31 said:
Marcusholm How Long Did You Leave The Hair Dryer On It Before Pulling It Off? I Guess I Shouldnt Get Discouraged Cuz My Car Is Only Like 6 Months Old. The Tahoe Im Sure Was Just Much Worse B/c Of The Age And Mileage
Just for about a minute or less. Not long. The whole job took about an hour and that includes polishing the areas.
 

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I did mine in the garage, with no fishing line, no heater (of course I do live in AZ a normal day feels like a hairdryer...), no floss...

I needed no goof off, or any chemicals at all. Whole project took me 10 minutes.

 

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I found that WD40 worked well on a couple of small badges that were on the side that I took off. Didn't hurt the paint at all. I used a hair dryer too to speed it up. Spray WD40 on the strip and let it sit for a few minutes. Then start pulling up one end slowly with one hand and use the WD with the other hand as you go. A little messy, but should clean up nicely. Cecil........
 

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You guys still have the "C"? Any new projects?

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I do agree with Aspendog on the eraser, but there really is not much if any adhesive left over. On larger projects the eraser, though messy, works like a charm.
 

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Well guys I completed the project this weekend in, yup you guessed it, 5 minutes. I didnt need any fishing line, i just soaked it with wd40 first then pulled off slowly. All of the adhesive came right off. I then used Meguiars paint cleaner then waxed the car. Considering how much I payed (zilch) and how little time i put in and the end result on the brilliant black, it was the best mod of done so far. Thanks for the help guys, again spot on everyone.
 

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slawkins31 said:
Well guys I completed the project this weekend in, yup you guessed it, 5 minutes. I didnt need any fishing line, i just soaked it with wd40 first then pulled off slowly. All of the adhesive came right off. I then used Meguiars paint cleaner then waxed the car. Considering how much I payed (zilch) and how little time i put in and the end result on the brilliant black, it was the best mod of done so far. Thanks for the help guys, again spot on everyone.

Very nice!

Since you have BB can you take some pics and post them please?

Thanks.
 

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Will do when I get home from work in a couple of hourse. Its a 2006 BB Touring with 22s speed grille, 5% tint and a lil stereo. I think BB really needs to have all emblems and modling removed b/c it really really cleaned up the car. But yes after my ramble pics soon
 

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Bob McLean said:
Hey,
I used dental floss to get it started....then with one steady slow pull...it comes off very nicely. I also used Goof Off to clean off the extra glue!
Cheers,
Bob

I saw that on TV. Might have been RIDES or OVERHAULED..

anyway, not sure why you'd take it off. I was just looking at it wondering why some of you have removed it. I like the way it looks and brings more of a visual from the door and side of car.
 

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Hey guys, I had my trim removed yesterday. It toke about an hour to remove the trim using a steamer, the 3m tape still wasnt totally removed so I had to peel the remaining off with my fingers. After removing the tape and wiping it down the clear coat had glue etched into the paint and you could see the hazy trim outline. I had it polished and waxed today and it looks brand new.

By the way, I know some of you have mentioned WD40 but from what I have heard WD40 is really bad for your clear coat and paint. There is another product out there that is excellent for all kinds of stuff its called "Xenit Citrus cleaner".
 

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I would think Goo Gone would remove most of the tape residue.
 

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I have used goo gone before on a 97 tahoe it was black as well. From certain angles it looked fine but when the sun shined on it you could tell where it took the clear coat off. Actually WD-40 does not hurt the paint so long as you dont leave it on there for a long time. It works really well too. Just when you take it off immediately wash and wax it and youll be fine. And as far as the reason for taking the trim off, its personal preference. If you like it with the trim on, leave it. i prefer the solid paint look as I feel it is cleaner.
 

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I agree the clean look really does look good on the 300C. I know WD40 does the trick but like what was said early you can't let it sit on the paint for too long. Xenit Citrus cleaner is a excellent product if your looking for something other then Goo Gone. I did have a haze left over even after I removed all the 3m tape so I had to have the car polished and waxed which did the trick. One thing i've noticed after removing the trim is the doors look huge! I mean damn, you can actually see how big the doors and how small the windows are when the trim has been removed. The only real beef I had with the trim was that it looked really cheap and tacky and they could have done a better job in making the trim sit a bit more flush with the body but oh well.
 

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NickDavid said:
I saw that on TV. Might have been RIDES or OVERHAULED..

anyway, not sure why you'd take it off. I was just looking at it wondering why some of you have removed it. I like the way it looks and brings more of a visual from the door and side of car.
I did mine because it really exaggerates the high beltline and visually makes the car feel dropped.......makes it look a bit more stealth..........IMO.......only identifying badge left is the SRT8 one on the trunk!!!!! I thought I liked the way it looked too, until i saw a few without and.............20 min later there wasn't any molding left :biggrin:
 
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