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Old 06-02-2021, 02:12 PM
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Newish Wood Trim peeling off

The PO had the vinyl trim redone, and unfortunately it looks like it wasn't done quite right. It's peeling off in a few places. It's in very good shape otherwise. I'm hoping it's salvageable with the right kind of adhesive. Is it worth trying to get this stuck back on or am I better off replacing it? It looks like a 3M product that was cut to fit. Any idea what would cause it to lift off the surface? Recommendations on tape/adhesive?

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Old 06-02-2021, 02:37 PM
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I would try this:
3 Heavy duty Super Strength molding tape

I used this to hold my Chief S medallion on my truck and when I removed the emblem, it took paint with it.
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Old 06-02-2021, 07:56 PM
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Yep 3M molding tape. Comes in 1/4 to 7/8 widths. You want to pick widths that will cover the whole backside, ie, 2, 1/2" or 7/8 and 1/2. Cut the moldings off with a putty knife, without gouging the woodgrain panels. Remove all the tape on the molding and body with an adhesive remover. 3m makes one. Use an adhesion promoter on both the molding and body before putting the tape on the moldings.
A nice warm day, or a heat gun will help the moldings conform to the body undulations. Let them get pliable before installing.
All this is available at any auto paint store or parts house that deals in paint. Other brands of tape out there, never had any luck with them. Body shop rolls of the tape are around 60', rather than the smaller 12-15' rolls for the guy on the street. Little better buy per foot basis.
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Old 06-04-2021, 06:12 AM
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Thanks so much for the advice! I'll let you know how I make out.
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Old 06-11-2021, 06:39 PM
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Looks like the trim is shrinking causing it to pull away from the body. Doesn't look like it was made from the right material.
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Old 06-11-2021, 08:35 PM
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i did mine- it may not have been warm enough ( heat gun) to mold it to the correct shape so it returning back to its original shape? also the miters may have been too tight? you need a 1/16 inch min clearance between the joints, yes the 3m is a very good choice, prep is everything and you only get ONE chance to do remove it , shape it, let it cool, re-shape if needed , then stick it on.....

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Old 06-14-2021, 09:03 AM
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I think you're right about the miters being too tight. The trim pops out from the body on all the corners.... on all the trim.

I took the really bad fitting trim pieces off with the recommended paint scraper (thanks for the tip). Looking at it now, I'm debating whether it's worth salvaging. The corners weren't cut right and there' some micky mouse stuff going on. Some of the trim was placed to hide a section were the vinyl panel had sheared off. I also noticed some of the film had not been peeled back on the double sided tape... so that would never stick.

I might just replace all the trim. What's the best trim set out there?
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Old 06-14-2021, 11:38 AM
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From what I've read, the best trim out there is from Wagonmaster. They now sell it with the proper contours like the original, but it's not cheap!
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