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Old 07-15-12, 06:42 PM   #1
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Default 03 Roof Drip Molding peeling

I have an 03 LS 430 and my roof drip molding (what FSM calls it) is peeling away from the plastic. This is the piece that runs down the sides of the top of the car. I priced out the new pieces and they are around 200 retail and 130 each from Sewell with our discount. They come color matched. The clips that hold down the molding are not supposed to be reused. I priced them out and with the discount, they are 50 dollars. Retail is over 65. I really am not excited about spending over 300 for something that is purely cosmetic so...

I have decided to pull off the trim pieces and see if I can glue back down the peeling painted surface. I thought something like model glue would do the trick. Does anyone else have any suggestions?

I figure it can't hurt to give it a try and see if I can't make it look half decent. Otherwise, I will be purchasing the new ones.
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I had the same thing happen to my gs300.

I too didn't want to spend a butt load of money so I peeled up the paint, and bought some high quality adhesive vinyl. It's been about a year and it has been holding up just fine in the texas sun. Of course it is not color matched precisely, but for a couple of bucks I can live with it.
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Kinda ot but how do those pieces come off? Do they just pop straight off? I noticed my driver side lifting on the front and am wondering if I can maybe just change the forward most clip.
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I had the same thing happen to my gs300.

I too didn't want to spend a butt load of money so I peeled up the paint, and bought some high quality adhesive vinyl. It's been about a year and it has been holding up just fine in the texas sun. Of course it is not color matched precisely, but for a couple of bucks I can live with it.
Do you happen to have any pictures of the vinyl wrap? I would like to see some if you have a few pics.
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Kinda ot but how do those pieces come off? Do they just pop straight off? I noticed my driver side lifting on the front and am wondering if I can maybe just change the forward most clip.
The FSM shows that there are 8 clips on each side plus some adhesive tape holding down each molding piece. The FSM also suggests using a molding tool. I purchased a set of the trim tools form Harbor Freight for cheap. Less than $15.00.

There are a couple of different clips for each side though so if you are changing the forward most clip, make sure you order the correct one. I have attached the parts diagram showing which clips are used in which location. I hope that helps.

I plan on just pulling the molding off and working on it when I get a chance. It looks like the sun is making it worse every day. I went by my local Lexus dealer and they said it would not leak if I left the molding off for a little while. They did say it could cause more wind noise though. I will take that chance.

Still open to suggestions as to an adhesive that would work without eating up the plastic molding or the painted surface. it appears like it could be vinyl.
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I have re-attached moldings to an ACURA we had using E-6000 glue and it stayed tight about 6 years and was still tight when we just sold it.
It was recommended by a man that has his own body shop near us.
It is like silicon but is much more an industrial adhesive. Apply it and put weight on it and it will be there for quite a while.
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I have re-attached moldings to an ACURA we had using E-6000 glue and it stayed tight about 6 years and was still tight when we just sold it.
It was recommended by a man that has his own body shop near us.
It is like silicon but is much more an industrial adhesive. Apply it and put weight on it and it will be there for quite a while.
Thanks for the suggestion. I will look into that. Looks like it is common. I found it on the internet at Michaels, the arts and crafts store.
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It is also recommended by different boat repair people to replace the silicone sometimes used which doesn't play well with the sun.
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Well I decided to remove the molding to start the process of attempting to fix the peeling paint film. When I pulled off the molding, the clips remained in place. It was very easy to remove the molding. I think I am just going to leave them in and attempt to reuse them.

I haven't quite decided yet what kind of glue or adhesive I am going to use. Think it is going to be some sort of fairly strong cement.
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