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reinstaling the side SS strips...how?

Discussion in 'Bodywork & Interior' started by ButterFingers, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Active Member

    Hi there,
    I have just finished repainting the 2 rear doors and bought a bag of new plastic clips for attaching the side strips.
    I removed them by just gently levering off with a chisel, but how to reinstall without damaging my beautiful paintwork?
    Many others must have been through this , any ideas?
    I wonder how they were installed on a moving production line , in the factory, without scratching the paint, in the minimum of time?
  2. GRTV8

    GRTV8 Well-Known Member

    Have you still got the holes in the panels the plastic clips sit in or did you bog them ?
    When applying paint the holes will partialy fill , making replacing the plastic clips hard to fit. You will have to redrill the holes and paint antirust on the exposed metal.
    The plastic clips have a peg that you drive in , once they are in position.
  3. roverp480

    roverp480 Member

    To push the clips through the holes I would push on a length of small dia plastic tube, or wooden dowel with a hole in it, to fit over the peg . In that way you have no danger of slipping with anything metal to damage the paint and apply an even load.
  4. Vern Klukas

    Vern Klukas Member

    I use two lines of masking tape, above and below the line of holes. Two layers if you're feeling particularly clumsy. And, p480 says, some plastic or wooden tools.

  5. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Active Member

    hi there,
    thank you all for your replies.
    I had not bogged the holes in any way , and had to gently ream out the holes because the paint had filled them up a bit.
    I managed to install the plastic clips successfully after enlarging the holes. I broke several clips in holes not enlarged, because the dia of the hole has to be perfect when related to the size of the clip dia.
    If not, when the peg is tapped in , it expands too much, making it a tight fit , then that just brakes the peg.....a long winded description ...but that is what happened.
    My question related as to HOW the S/S side trim is attached to the clips and door face.
    Do I slide it on in some way or place the complete strip in position on the door, and then somehow spring it onto the clips, it must have been a very unpopular job on the production line?

  6. GRTV8

    GRTV8 Well-Known Member

    Dont slide it on. Place it over the top side and gently press into position.
    One job I quite enjoyed as one got instant satisfaction.
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  7. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Active Member

    thanks Richard for the reply.
    Does it make any difference as to which way up the clips are installed. Mine are with the single bit to the top!
  8. quattro

    quattro Well-Known Member

    I always put the double bit at the top, don't know why though o_O

    Then place the strip onto the top of the clip so it engages - and a sharp tap with the palm of your hand, with a glancing blow in a downwards motion. I hope that makes sense.

  9. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Active Member

    thanks for the hints Richard, perhaps it would be better to place one up and one down? for equal grips , all points covered?
  10. harveyp6

    harveyp6 Well-Known Member

    No because that will make fitting the strip difficult. Fit all the clips two up one down, hang the moulding over the top two, and then knock the moulding downwards using the heel of your hand.
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