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    Tadpole
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    Default BX Gutter removal

    Does anyone know how to remove the gutter / trim strips that run along each side of the roof on a BX (S1)?

    Just have some surface rust to deal with in a few spots...

    Thanks

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    They are a pita to get of they are both glued and clipped on
    You will be battling to get them of in one piece as they are also fragile being made from the same reinforced abs as the boot hatch and bonnet
    First use a very sharp bent scraper (the type that could cut an artery) to loosen the glue along the inserts then gently prise them of and I mean gently .
    If there is any resistance keep digging out the glue
    This will damage the paint both on the roof next to the rails and below on the door head rail and may cause more damage than you need to cosmeticly clean up the rust you see
    Also if you can see some rust fair chance it will be worse in the metal join between the roof and the door rail which is just a spot welded fin covered by the abs trim .
    Also if there is a sunroof the rust is more than likely coming from the inside
    Good luck
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    Tadpole
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    Thanks Archrival for your prompt reply and advice. I have a donor car I might practice on first.
    The rust I have is from a combination of salt air and the car sitting in dry storage, but with bird shite slowly eating away at the paint in various spots. I am not too worried about a perfect repair visually, but want to address the rust for both a roadworthy test and to prevent further deterioration. I imagine it woudn't be the most difficult thing to fabricate replacement trim from plastic or even aluminium, if the originals perish.
    I am wondering if heat might help soften the glue...

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