Restoring paintwork on a 404 sedan
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    Hi all,

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    About to start repainting the body of our 404 sedan and have some questions regarding the removal of chrome from certain areas.

    The first problem we’ve encountered is we’re not sure if we can remove the roof gutter trims with out damaging these strips, and if we can re-attach them with minimum difficulty later on.

    We are also a bit puzzled with the rear chrome strips conecting the two fins to the top of the rear window. How should we go about removing these? Or should they just be taped for the painting.

    And finally is there any general advice about removal of trip strips that you think we should know?

    Regards Ben and Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilow View Post
    Hi all,

    About to start repainting the body of our 404 sedan and have some questions regarding the removal of chrome from certain areas.

    The first problem we’ve encountered is we’re not sure if we can remove the roof gutter trims with out damaging these strips, and if we can re-attach them with minimum difficulty later on.

    We are also a bit puzzled with the rear chrome strips conecting the two fins to the top of the rear window. How should we go about removing these? Or should they just be taped for the painting.

    And finally is there any general advice about removal of trip strips that you think we should know?

    Regards Ben and Matt
    removing gutter trim 404


    The rear trims can be removed with the tail light off the car. The are held by internal clips which sit over the lap joins of the rear guards.

    Spray inside the trim with CRC or similar and carefully lift the trim by pulling upwards and the clips should release.

    Personally, depending of your commitment to the restoration, I'd consider masking up the gutter trims, provided no rust is present.

    They are difficult in the extreme to remove and replace without damage.
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    The side strips are held on mostly with plastic clips with a sneaky end fitting with a small nut in the inside of the door.
    I have most of the clips you will need NOS in fair quantities

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