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#1 (permalink) Old 11-05-2004, 04:49 PM
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I need to repaint the piece circled in red because the coating on it is flaking off. I went to a body shop and they told me it's actually removeable - they actually said that they would probably just completely replace the part. But I figure I'll just take the thing off myself and just repaint it.

I looked around the Bentley manual but it shows nothing on how to remove it - any ideas?

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#2 (permalink) Old 11-05-2004, 07:24 PM
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Its not exactly removeable. Its a part of the body, see how there are no seams or screws there? To repaint it they wouldnt have to remove it, and if they did remove it they would have to cut it off then weld it back on then paint where the weld was.

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Its not exactly removeable. Its a part of the body, see how there are no seams or screws there? To repaint it they wouldnt have to remove it, and if they did remove it they would have to cut it off then weld it back on then paint where the weld was.
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I went to a body shop and they told me that it can be ordered as a separate piece - LH 1977681 and RH 1977682. They quoted me $150 for parts and labor to swap them out (about $70 for parts, the rest labor) - so it's gotta be something that doesn't require cutting and welding (otherwise it'd be much much more expensive). I guess when they start peeling the dealership just swaps them out instead of repainting them because they don't want to risk the coating peeling off again.
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Its not exactly removeable.* Its a part of the body, see how there are no seams or screws there?* To repaint it they wouldnt have to remove it, and if they did remove it they would have to cut it off then weld it back on then paint where the weld was.
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I believe he is talking about the black peice of trim between the windows and the body. I'm sure it's removable; I'm just not sure how.



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If thats what he was talking about then his red circle was useless. Instead of drawing a circle he could have simply said "The black trim over the windows"

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Originally posted by supark+Nov 5 2004, 03:28 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(supark @ Nov 5 2004, 03:28 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Reedalicious@Nov 5 2004, 05:24 PM
Its not exactly removeable.* Its a part of the body, see how there are no seams or screws there?* To repaint it they wouldnt have to remove it, and if they did remove it they would have to cut it off then weld it back on then paint where the weld was.
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I went to a body shop and they told me that it can be ordered as a separate piece - LH 1977681 and RH 1977682. They quoted me $150 for parts and labor to swap them out (about $70 for parts, the rest labor) - so it's gotta be something that doesn't require cutting and welding (otherwise it'd be much much more expensive). I guess when they start peeling the dealership just swaps them out instead of repainting them because they don't want to risk the coating peeling off again.
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they have to replace it because it gets bent out of shape during the removal process. if you plan to DIY, know that it will involve removing the rear window. try doing a search at bf. i've never done it so i can't give you details.

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