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    Hi Guys,

    I dont know if i am being blind, but i cant seem to find a guide on how to take off the black plastic trim from around my car.

    Has there been a guide made?

    If there hasnt, has someone done it and can point me in the right direction so i dont end up breaking something.

    Or do i mask them off and spray them whilst on the car?

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    they just pull off.
    On the front bumper-its easiest to take the tow eye cover off first then the rest comes off easy-the corners are clipped in at the front but slide in on the side.The doors ones just pull off but its quite eays to break the clips-which can be found cheaply on Ebay
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by StK View Post
    its quite eays to break the clips-which can be found cheaply on Ebay
    you'll probably be better to replace the clips anyway, especially if they've not been replaced before. They'll get weak and brittle with age. You don't want the trim falling off the car unexpectedly when you're driving, afterall!!
     
     

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    Amos, I have a plastic trim tool that I use for such tasks. This is great for lifting a corner without marking the paint on the bumpers of the car.

    Once you have a corner lifted you can hold with your fingers and slowly and carefully work the trim tool around.

    On the front bumper do as StK describes but for the passenger side you will need to start at the side closest to the number plate.

    Even with the correct tools the plastice does become very brittle over time as Lamper mentioned so having spares is always a good thing. The clips are usually pennies so just goes to show how common it is for them to break
     
     

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    Cheers guys,

    I am going to have a go at getting them off next week and spraying them satin black. They have faded slightly, so need a bit of a spruce up.

    I will get some photos going for when i do it.

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    Right......

    .....sucessfully got all the trim off without breaking any of the plastic clips.

    Check my bad self.....hahaha.

    I could grow potatos in the disgustingness which was underneath the plastic bump strips.

    Time for a bit of prep.

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    im thinking on doing the same, iv noticed that some of the clips on mine are rustly and they leave a horrible rusty dribble on my door
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aldo87 View Post
    im thinking on doing the same, iv noticed that some of the clips on mine are rustly and they leave a horrible rusty dribble on my door
    Arent the clips plastic?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveyBoy View Post
    Arent the clips plastic?
    There are a few metal bits around on the plastic. It was the 4 clips which held the M3 badge into the side moulding which had gone all rusty in mine.

    So i removed the clips and superglued the badge in. The clips were crap anyway, and cut my finger.

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    Superglue = Surefire theft deterrent!
     
     

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