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 Post subject: Side molding care
PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:46 pm 
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I know this car has had 21 years of use, but is there any way to repair the rubber moldings and trim or to help it look better. It has a few spots where wax has been left on it and it will not come off. I know replacing it will be a joke just trying to find replacement.

Here are a couple pictures of what I am talking about:

This is the molding along the doors. You can see how the top area has a white chalky look to it:

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The next 2 are of the trim at the base of the rear window.

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 Post subject: Re: Side molding care
PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:34 pm 
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Soak it in WD40 and use a stiff nylon brush. If that doesn't work, degrease them, mask them off, and use Duplicolor Trim Paint. It's rubberized and will bring back the trim.

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 Post subject: Re: Side molding care
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Subscribing to this. At least your faux chrome is still shiny. I've been kinda looking for a way to revitalize the same on ours, and our back window trim has all the black stuff completely gone.

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 Post subject: Re: Side molding care
PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:31 pm 
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Not sure how well they work, buy my local auto store carries a few products for exterior trim that are supposed to return the black

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 Post subject: Re: Side molding care
PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 11:48 pm 
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Yeah, there is a product called "Back to Black" (i think) which is supposed to help in just this situation.

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 Post subject: Re: Side molding care
PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 11:54 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Side molding care
PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 11:55 pm 
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chunky peanut butter.

Seriously. SAAB guys uses this on their cars.

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 Post subject: Re: Side molding care
PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 10:49 am 
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laxmangl wrote:
Yeah, there is a product called "Back to Black" (i think) which is supposed to help in just this situation.


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Peanut Butter works as well but BTB is great. A very small drop goes a very long way.

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 Post subject: Re: Side molding care
PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 11:17 am 
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It looks like I actually need to paint them. If you have ever seen the window trim on a 2k+ that is all pitted and dry, that is the way this is.


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