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Roof rail restoration

Discussion in 'Photo Forum' started by white-lightning, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. white-lightning

    white-lightning FEOA Member

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    The roof rail on the driver's side of my car was cracking and peeling so I pulled it off. I still looked bad so I decided to fix it. I first masked off the area then wet sanded with 600 grit. I then wiped the surface down with mineral spirits to remove anything else. I primed it with three light coats of self-etching primer and topped it all off with three light coats of trim paint.

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  2. nezwick

    nezwick FEOA Member

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    Looks great, that made a huge difference.
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    That looks good. Does the trim paint have a texture to it, or does it dry smooth?
  4. white-lightning

    white-lightning FEOA Member

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    It looks to be smooth. I really haven't looked at it that closely.
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    PEEWEE91 New Member

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    is it darker than the other rail?
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    how can you get your antenna down like that
  7. white-lightning

    white-lightning FEOA Member

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    Yeah only because the other is faded from the sun. I have some Mothers Back-to-Black that I am going to use to make the other one look right since it hasn't began to peel yet.


    Kinda funny you ask. I didn't even know it would go in that far till I pushed it down and it just slid all the way down. :D
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    Nice man, mines starting to do the same. Looks alot cleaner now
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    Just push in on it, That's what worked for me.
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    I just colur matched mine to the car, along with any other black trim.
  11. 95EscortDriver

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    The drivers side front must be a common problem with the 95 LX 2dr Hatchs that were green, <- Victim.

    BTW, with all the fun projects I do, (and never finish) Bondo Body Filler gets bought in gallon increments.

    Looks good, white-lightning!
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    I have done the trim at the base of the windows on the doors too. I'll post pics sooner or later.
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    white-lightning FEOA Member

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    Here is a pic:
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    And I got some ventvisors! :)
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    BOSS302man FEOA Donator

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    I just did this to my EGT. I used truck bedliner spray to re-rubberize them. It helped. Not exactly like the factory look, but not bad.
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    white-lightning, dude! How did you get the seal under the window off? I'm afraid to cause I'm afraid I'll break what holds it down. maybe when I fix the door panel that goes in front of the speaker-back, I'll look up in there and have a look-see. :roll:
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    Seal? I don't follow. I didn't remove them to paint them, I masked off a 2 ft. radius around the whole thing to protect from over spray. The rubber flap that touches the glass was masked off.
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    That seal isn't too bad to take off, although you can do what white lightning did, just spray it on the car with lots of tape and newspaper. But if you do decide to take them off, use a thin screwdriver and gently pry up on the seal on the outer most part. You'll see white clips about 6-8 inches apart. Push in with the screwdriver in the very center of that clip and pry up gently at the same time. It sounds like they're breaking, but if you take your time and do it gently, they won't. You can also take your door panel off and use a pliers to squeeze it together so you're not prying. Have to be careful you don't scratch the paint if you use the outside method.
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    +1 for masking them off i did the same thing for the roof rails and the window trim
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    How did you "pull it off"? On my Escort 92, there are no obvious screws visible, even after most of the rubber has deteriorated. I considered simply repainting the metal base of the strip, but the thought of rust beginning to etch into the body beneath the metal strip leads me to examine the roof surface beneath, first.

    Yes, I read the post by BOSS302MAN, above, on strip removal, but my vehicle is different.

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