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Old 06-19-2014, 02:06 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Painting Roof Strips

I've been through the threads. To find out if I can paint the roof strip. I've seen some write up on there saying that it can be done. Well my other question is can it be done by using nite shades? If so, which grit sand paper should I use? I Would appreciate your guy's input.
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Old 06-19-2014, 07:42 PM   #2
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Default Re: Painting Roof Strips

It could probably be done but would probably be easier if you grabbed a can of krylon or rustoleum...I used rustoleum and just sanded it with 400 primed then sanded with 400 again then put down gloss black.
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Default Re: Painting Roof Strips

If you want to do it right i would just take them off and sand them with 400 then higher say 800, apply some primer then either wrap it in vinyl or paint it flat black.

Or if your really lazy just use plastidip.
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Default Re: Painting Roof Strips

I dipped mine and it came out sick..
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Default Re: Painting Roof Strips

I used vinyl tape on mine to black them out, I think by Trimbrite. It basically looks like electrical tape but duller with a less plastic feel to it. I prepped the molding by scuffing it up a bit and it's been holding up fine for around 2 years now.
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I used vinyl tape on mine to black them out, I think by Trimbrite. It basically looks like electrical tape but duller with a less plastic feel to it. I prepped the molding by scuffing it up a bit and it's been holding up fine for around 2 years now.
Did you take the strips off? What grit did you use to scuff it?
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Did you take the strips off? What grit did you use to scuff it?
I wanna say the only ones I took off were the ones over the back window since they separate there and slide into the strip for the rest of the car. They're also attached to the that triangle shaped trim for the rear window and they come out in one piece. I used around 400 grit sand paper just to scuff it up and give it more to grab, and then cleaned the surface well. Pretty sure it was two rolls of Trimbrite Blackout Tape 1-3/8" X 20' I used. I also painted the triangle shaped trim while I had them out since mine was faded and looked terrible.
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Default Re: Painting Roof Strips

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I wanna say the only ones I took off were the ones over the back window since they separate there and slide into the strip for the rest of the car. They're also attached to the that triangle shaped trim for the rear window and they come out in one piece. I used around 400 grit sand paper just to scuff it up and give it more to grab, and then cleaned the surface well. Pretty sure it was two rolls of Trimbrite Blackout Tape 1-3/8" X 20' I used. I also painted the triangle shaped trim while I had them out since mine was faded and looked terrible.

A lot of people say just leave the strips on the car. But I'm going to be really careful, taking them off. Then wrapping them in vinyl. I'll keep you posted.
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Default Re: Painting Roof Strips

Please do. And of you can detail how to remove them that would be great. I want to wrap the roof and strips but I need to do some that repair around the panorama glass first. I am nervous about trying to remove them.
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Default Re: Painting Roof Strips

Be very cautious removing them, I managed to snap a few clips and I know people crack the windshield so take your time. My best advise is to have two people and one person stand by the hood and push on the trim towards the back of the car and the other person stand by the trunk and pull backwards on the trim. Do not try and pull the trim up because the white clips will break and they are IMPOSSIBLE to find. No junkyards around me have a maxima and the dealer ordered the wrong clip three times before giving up.
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