How to remove car body trim

Written by russell wood
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Today's cars and trucks come with a little bit of trim as accent pieces as well as to protect the paint and metal on the vehicle. Items such as door mouldings, bumper rubber trim and other parts are held on with high-strength double-sided tape, and can be removed to paint the underlaying part if need be. Doing so means using some low-tech tools and some elbow grease, but it can be done in about an hour, depending on the size of the vehicle.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Hair dryer
  • 3-inch plastic putty knife
  • Microfiber towels

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Head up the end of the trim piece using the hair dryer. This is going to loosen the adhesive that secures the trim to the car and allow you to remove it safely.

  2. 2

    Place the plastic putty knife behind the moulding and use the knife to pry the moulding up far enough that you can grab it with your hand. Once it's in your hand, pull it back and away from the vehicle, removing the piece of moulding completely.

  3. 3

    Rub any leftover tape with your finger to build friction and release the tape. Then rub the microfiber towel over the surface to remove any leftover gunk.

  4. 4

    Repeat this process for any additional trim you want removed from the vehicle.

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