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Old 03-16-2020, 10:42 AM
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Wondering if any of you guys can help with this problem.

Have a 2013 GMC Yukon that is in great shape except for these door trim pieces pictured below. It started about a year ago and has gotten to where it now looks like total crap.

I've asked a few shops about painting them and no one is interested. I'm leaning towards just taking them off but don't want to make the vehicle look even worse!

Looks like two strips of double sided tape, can that be removed without leaving a ton of residue? Will it leave a "ghost" image?






Old 03-16-2020, 11:28 AM
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I'd guess that there will almost certainly be a "ghost image" if you remove them but seems it can hardly look worse even so. Get yourself a good plastic putty knife or bondo spreader fro removal. I find that spraying WD-40 on the sticky stuff does an absolutely amazing job of getting it off with no fuss or marks.
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You can probably buy new trim pieces on Ebay.
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I have been around a lot of Yukons and owned a few in this model year, never seen anything like that for sure.

I would buy new trim pieces, get them painted and start with some new ones.
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Another option is to buy a rattle can paint, mask, scuff with steel wool, and paint. Even paint that doesn’t match perfectly will look better than what you have currently.
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I have an older Yukon (2003) and had the same problem with my door trim pieces. The cost to replace and paint them wasn't cheap, and it wasn't worth the money given the age of my Yukon. So I removed them with a little heat, a plastic scraper and some Goo Gone or something similar. It's double-sided tape that holds them on and it just takes a little patience to cleanly remove them. After they were removed, I used a little rubbing compound and polish to remove the very slight shadow that was there, and now there is no sign that the truck ever had the moldings on it.
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Originally Posted by cv25 View Post
I have an older Yukon (2003) and had the same problem with my door trim pieces. The cost to replace and paint them wasn't cheap, and it wasn't worth the money given the age of my Yukon. So I removed them with a little heat, a plastic scraper and some Goo Gone or something similar. It's double-sided tape that holds them on and it just takes a little patience to cleanly remove them. After they were removed, I used a little rubbing compound and polish to remove the very slight shadow that was there, and now there is no sign that the truck ever had the moldings on it.
Thanks for the responses, sounds like a good quarantine project!

I still have about half a tub of Shurhold Buff Magic from compounding the Grady, wonder if a little of that would work here.

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some fishing line and one of these is all you need to remove

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There are new pieces on ebay or even chrome ones to replace those.....
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Another thought--An automotive paint supplier can usually put paint in an aerosol can. You could easily tape those off and paint them while still attached to vehicle in probably less time than it would take to remove and re-adhere
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I have had really good experiences with Automotivetouchup com paint in a can. Perfect match and for small pieces like that the paint will lay down nice. I would however take them off. Or you could just remove them and be done with it. Your suv is fairly new so there shouldn’t be or have very little ghost image.
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Originally Posted by cv25 View Post
I have an older Yukon (2003) and had the same problem with my door trim pieces. The cost to replace and paint them wasn't cheap, and it wasn't worth the money given the age of my Yukon. So I removed them with a little heat, a plastic scraper and some Goo Gone or something similar. It's double-sided tape that holds them on and it just takes a little patience to cleanly remove them. After they were removed, I used a little rubbing compound and polish to remove the very slight shadow that was there, and now there is no sign that the truck ever had the moldings on it.
I just did the same thing on my wife's 03 but I left the chrome section and took off all the plastic and the double face tape. It took a little time but looked a lot better when done.
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. The automotive touch up paint in a can is interesting, thinking I might tape everything off and give that a try first, if it doesn't come out well I would be taking them off anyway.

Won't be able to get around to it for a couple weeks but will post back with results in case anyone else runs into this same problem.
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Originally Posted by NC Flatlander View Post
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. The automotive touch up paint in a can is interesting, thinking I might tape everything off and give that a try first, if it doesn't come out well I would be taking them off anyway.

Won't be able to get around to it for a couple weeks but will post back with results in case anyone else runs into this same problem.
Only reason I suggested you take them off is so that the paint won’t run. If you leave them on, very, very light coats so it doesn’t happen.
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You'll need an adhesion promotor if you intend to paint them. Likely wasn't properly done in the first place. We used a product called Bull Dog or some such as that. Its for adhering paint to plastic parts.
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Both good options, mask and paint in place or remove. My first choice would be to paint.
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Rhino liner/
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Any decent body shop would have experience replacing those. It's also something you could do yourself.
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Originally Posted by NC Flatlander View Post
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. The automotive touch up paint in a can is interesting, thinking I might tape everything off and give that a try first, if it doesn't come out well I would be taking them off anyway.

Won't be able to get around to it for a couple weeks but will post back with results in case anyone else runs into this same problem.
tell them to put a flex agent in the mixat the body supply shop,same thing they do for plastic bumpers.

A regular spray can will end up cracking after awhile.
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Just take them off and hit them with some Duplacolor, its great stuff.

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