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I'm strongly considering a new paint job for my 1996 Escort. One of the items standing in the way of proceeding is what to do with the roof trim pieces. Mine look like this.

Right side, but left is in similar condition.


I used to be a technician and very skilled on the mechanical side, but a novice when it comes to paint and body. My understanding is, these trim pieces cover/reinforce a weld seam that attaches the roof to the body, and that simply pulling them and leaving them off is not an option.

I would imagine tackling these pieces have been discussed before. Looking for other courses of action other than trying to find (if I can) replacement pieces? I've tried taking these off other Escorts and they simply break apart.
 

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When i did mine i took them off and sanded them down, then put rocker garding on them, i have also heard of people using spray on truck liner coatings on them, never seen one done though.... Mine held up for a year untill i took them off for good and shaved the roof gaps in. I like the smooth look better.

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I know its a totally different car but my cousins 87 accord had the trim taken out and had body filler put in and painted..but now its starting to rust and the paint is cracking down the side...
 

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JuiceeScort said:
I know its a totally different car but my cousins 87 accord had the trim taken out and had body filler put in and painted..but now its starting to rust and the paint is cracking down the side...
thats entirely too big of an area to just put body filler
 

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I know its a totally different car but my cousins 87 accord had the trim taken out and had body filler put in and painted..but now its starting to rust and the paint is cracking down the side...
If he did it right the first time and used quality supplies, that would of never happened.... Spend the money and get the good stuff, its worth it in the long run....

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you know I was thinking about what to do with mine since I also have this same problem and heres what I thought. Clean that trim good and see if one of those places that do vehicle wraps can just put some of there vinyl wrap on it in either body color or black. what do you all think?
 

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truth90 said:
JuiceeScort said:
I know its a totally different car but my cousins 87 accord had the trim taken out and had body filler put in and painted..but now its starting to rust and the paint is cracking down the side...
thats entirely too big of an area to just put body filler
Correct, you don't want to be using that much bondo. That's just a bad idea. Get new OEM seals if you can, I would think. That's probably your best bet.
 

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KCFosdick said:
truth90 said:
JuiceeScort said:
I know its a totally different car but my cousins 87 accord had the trim taken out and had body filler put in and painted..but now its starting to rust and the paint is cracking down the side...
thats entirely too big of an area to just put body filler
Correct, you don't want to be using that much bondo. That's just a bad idea. Get new OEM seals if you can, I would think. That's probably your best bet.
That would be, but Ford has discontinued them.
 

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Does anyone know who bought all of the Ford discontinued part?

Supposedly they said some company called "Vintage" took everything. But I was never able to narrow it down.
 

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Does anyone know who bought all of the Ford discontinued part?

Supposedly they said some company called "Vintage" took everything. But I was never able to narrow it down.
I found a place just now that lists the trim for the roof and the upper door trim or "beltline" molding. for some reason it says air outlet vent next to all these pieces in the description, so I don't know what's up with that.

http://www.fordpartswebsite.com/model/escort-1251/
 
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