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Old 01-29-2016, 09:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to remove door panel trim?

So I have finally decided to paint the interior trim in my civic. Everything seems pretty straightforward except for the long horizontal silver trim piece that goes along the upper portion of the door. Click image for larger version

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Does anyone know if that piece is removable? Or if there is a trick to painting it?

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As far as I know it isn't. Luckily its a raised piece so taping off the area should be super easy. I will be painting mine soon once my doors are done

Just tape off around the piece and cover the door to prevent overspray.

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Old 01-31-2016, 02:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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To take that thin silver trim off you need to drill the back side of it where it's melted from the factory. To reinstall it you need to glue it back from the back side. I used epoxy, the hard stuff.
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Well I'm not a huge fan of drilling through the back side of the panel (I've had bad experiences in the past). So I think I'll just tape it off. Thanks for the help guys!
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Tape the area around it and do the painting, should save you time and effort with the same result removing it.
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Hummm. I was thinking on painting mine gloss black, but I guess I'll try to wrap it in vinyl instead.

First car I've ever had that you need to take the door apart and cut rivets to remove a simple trim piece
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You can also use plastidip. Much easier than using paint since no special prep is needed. Just put 4-6 coats to make it durable.
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I Havent had my door off but I know on my 2001 Honda CRV I used a soldering iron to melt the plastic inwards so the trim slides out, then paint or wrap it, then slide it on and melt the plastic mass back flat again so it doesn't pop off.

Do a quick google search on the type of plastic the interior panel is (It should say on a stamp identifying the type of material) and Melt or do not melt accordingly
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