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Old 04-19-2009, 10:28   #1 (permalink)
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Gen 3/4 Exterior Protective Door Moulding Removal?

I have a Gen 4 Taurus with the all plastic door mouldings running along the center of the doors that serve to protect for parking lot dings.

How do you remove them without destroying them? I see folks on ebay selling them for $20 each, but I'd rather reuse my own because they are the correct color. I have to swap two doors due to collision damage & I want to reuse the old mouldings on the replacement doors.

I understand they may be attached with double-sided poly tape & somebody told me to use a heat gun. I would think the paint and plastic would fail before the glue softens.

any help appreciated.
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Re: Gen 3/4 Exterior Protective Door Moulding Removal?

I used to work at a Dodge dealership & when we would get a trade in vehicle, we would use a heat gun to to remove the previous dealership emblem or sticker from the rear of the vehicle. You want to get it pretty warm but not try to cook it. Use WD40 to remove any glue residue that's left.
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Re: Gen 3/4 Exterior Protective Door Moulding Removal?

You don't. The factory mouldings are put on with loc-tite and use an activator to spead up the adhesion. we used to have to pull them off before they went to the body shop
before paint. I've pulled the mouldings off and accidently pulled out the door skin and
rippled the metal. Most of the paint comes off with the moulding and you throw it
away. As you pull the moulding off it will curl up and stay that way. You ain't putting
that back on. We call in an auto detailer after market company to put the mouldins
back on. They almost always have a good match for the original. Their mouldings use
two sided tape. If the door paint is clean enough their mouldings don't come off either
without ripping off the dood skin. Don't make any mistakes. good luck. Oh yah. If you
use a heat gun the paint and plastic will fail before you get it off. you will scorch the
moulding and bubble the color in the plastic. we've tried it. We've bought customers
many new door paint jobs and mouldings and i bought a customer a new door. Those
mouldings are not made to come off easily.
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