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      03-01-2010, 01:19 PM   #1
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Interior Trim Install Help Request!

I'd like to swap out my wood-grain trim with some OEM high gloss black but I'm a little timid about doing the work myself. I'm not really inclined when it comes to this type of work (I'm sure I'd break 90% of the clips) so I'm wondering if anyone in the NoVA/Southern MD area would be willing to help me do the swap once I've purchased the trim.

I'd be more than willing to throw you a little money and/or beer for your time and I'd definitely come to you to make it as painless as possible so if anyone in the area who has experience with this kind of thing would like to help a fellow enthusiast out, please let me know.

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There's a gentleman by the name of Al Cantara on the board that should have good experience in removing interior trim. He'll probably see the thread and reply.
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^hahaha al cantara

In all seriousness, trim removal is really easy. Just go slow/be careful and use a plastic trim puller tool, and you will be able to do it just fine.
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you can do it yourself and just take it slow. buy some extra clips too
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lol, I assume that im Al Cantara. I can help you. Ive done the trim on and off about a dozen times. Shoot me a pm if you need help.
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lol, I assume that im Al Cantara. I can help you. Ive done the trim on and off about a dozen times. Shoot me a pm if you need help.
thats awesome...that should be your user name
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lol, I assume that im Al Cantara. I can help you. Ive done the trim on and off about a dozen times. Shoot me a pm if you need help.
I'm sorry. I was only furthering Adam's energy from a recent thread (re: wrapping nuts in alcantara) and I figured that you had some trim experience. Al, I'd blame Adam.
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I'm sorry. I was only furthering Adam's energy from a recent thread (re: wrapping nuts in alcantara) and I figured that you had some trim experience. Al, I'd blame Adam.
Im not an expert or anything but ive probably had the trim off more then most. So I can certainly help if need be.

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trim is very easy to remove and the trim itself is very strong, only special tool needed is a "hex-style" bit for 4 screws around the shifter I believe (it has been a couple years). One of those 30-in-1 bit kits for like $10 will have one you need. Only area to watch out for is the front driver and passenger door. You can puncture the soft leather wrap on the door when you first start to get the trim off.
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I did my wood trim to carbon fiber replacement, and it took about an hour. It really isn't hard if you go slow. The trickiest part for me was getting the middle vents out from what i remember... other than that, there's a DIY on this forum, and that worked great for me.
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