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      08-12-2010, 08:38 AM   #1
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Question Anyone Removed Roof Molding Strips?

I need to get one of mine replaced and was hoping to cut some cost by doing it myself once I get the strip painted. I know the owner of the shop doing the painting so I can get that pretty cheap. Was just looking to do the strip replacement myself. Searched DIY and didnt seem to come up with anything. Someone mentioned someone had removed theirs to wrap it in vinyl so I was hoping they could tell how they removed it and put it back without breaking clips or anything.

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Did you figure it out? I'm going through the same thing as mine is chipping. I've been considering a re-paint like you are or a CF wrap of some sort... I don't know, something to fix it.

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      09-13-2010, 12:13 PM   #3
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upon further searching I found this:

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...t=roof+molding
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      03-17-2011, 01:12 PM   #4
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anyone know how to pop them off? i know you can use a flathead according to the above link but more details would be very appreciated. i couldn't find anything on this anywhere else

also, i'm looking to paint these myself. would a regular spray paint do?

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      03-17-2011, 04:38 PM   #5
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i believe they just snap in place...
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      03-17-2011, 08:27 PM   #6
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try sliding them forward or backward and lifting. Not sure on this, but some other cars slide and lift. Can't hurt to try
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Start at the back with a flat head....use the windsheild weather stripping as leverage.

The rails are held in by clips....you'll most likely break the first couple in the back. Don't worry though. You can swap them with ones in the middle. You really just need the ends to be secure. Or you can buy new clips from the dealer.

After you pop up the first 2 (starting from the back), you can slide the rail back and it will come off.
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      03-18-2011, 05:09 PM   #8
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yup, snapped a few teeth on the clips, no biggie. i saw them for sale for like a buck each online.

what paint would you guys recommend to use? i was just thinking buying some regular black spray paint at home depot, sanding the strips to the aluminum and then spraying.. would that work or would i have to get some special paint?
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yup, snapped a few teeth on the clips, no biggie. i saw them for sale for like a buck each online.

what paint would you guys recommend to use? i was just thinking buying some regular black spray paint at home depot, sanding the strips to the aluminum and then spraying.. would that work or would i have to get some special paint?
If you want matte black....you can go to autozone and get the "blackout" 2inch tape. It will cover the rails and it's basically just vinyl.

I did this and looks great. Wrapping the little doors for the roof rack is a pain though.

As far as paint, just make sure you sand evenly and to about 2000 grit. Spray a couple coats of auto primer, auto black paint, then clear if you want.

Make SURE you allow the coats to dry in between.

You can get the paint at any auto parts store....possible home depot.

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If you want matte black....you can go to autozone and get the "blackout" 2inch tape. It will cover the rails and it's basically just vinyl.

I did this and looks great. Wrapping the little doors for the roof rack is a pain though.

As far as paint, just make sure you sand evenly and to about 2000 grit. Spray a couple coats of auto primer, auto black paint, then clear if you want.

Make SURE you allow the coats to dry in between.

You can get the paint at any auto parts store....possible home depot.

thanks. i got the automotive primer at home depot and i got the high heat automotive paint (for engines and hot parts mostly - that AZ sun gets pretty damn hot).. the paint is matte black. i already sanded the rails using the 100 grit and finished off with 200 grit paper.. looks good so far and pretty smooth. i'll be painting this tomorrow. the only thing is that the little doors on the rails are not aluminum but plastic. i sanded those down a bit too, but not sure how the paint will stick to them. we'll see i guess.
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whoa whoa whoa bud...not 200! You need to sand it WAYYYY smoother. the recommendation was 2000!
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Konoplya> I'm about to do this as well. Since I'm guessing you're already done with the job, would you mind posting a pic or two to see the end result? has the paint held given the hot weather in AZ?

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If you want matte black....you can go to autozone and get the "blackout" 2inch tape. It will cover the rails and it's basically just vinyl.

I did this and looks great.
Would you mind sharing a picture of what the vinyl looks like on the rails? I'm currently deciding if doing this or just spray-paint them. Thanks!
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If you want matte black....you can go to autozone and get the "blackout" 2inch tape. It will cover the rails and it's basically just vinyl.

I did this and looks great. Wrapping the little doors for the roof rack is a pain though.

As far as paint, just make sure you sand evenly and to about 2000 grit. Spray a couple coats of auto primer, auto black paint, then clear if you want.

Make SURE you allow the coats to dry in between.

You can get the paint at any auto parts store....possible home depot.
2000 grit? Will the paint even stick to that. I'd go with 400 grit before painting.
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2000 grit? Will the paint even stick to that. I'd go with 400 grit before painting.
I went gradually to 2000. Three quick coats of primer, three quick coats of paint. The rails came out looking great.
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be very careful when you are removing them. I removed mine last year and while trying to be very careful still manged to brake some of the clips.
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be very careful when you are removing them. I removed mine last year and while trying to be very careful still manged to brake some of the clips.
Did you order new ones? if so, where and what's the part number? thanks!
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      06-20-2011, 06:48 PM   #18
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If anyone is replacing a jet black one - I'll buy the little hinge/door from ur old trim, I've been needing a new one since mine got stolen but don't want to spend $200 on such a small part.

PM me if u have it - thanks
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Hmm...I saw a forum poster who should exactly how to remove those roof rails and gave a great explanation...now I just gotta find it...

EDIT: found it. http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=381362
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I did mine about 3 years ago, but it's time to do it again...the proper way (w/ multiple coats of primer, paint, and clear coat). They looked new again. Or you can just buy them new again at pelicanparts dot com, part no: 51-13-7-062-137, 51-13-7-062-138 (left and right)

Clips are at pelicanparts dot com, part no: 51-13-7-077-127-M9, although not sure how many clips are needed per side.

Lots of cosmetic problems w/ the e90s...
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