300td paint job

how do you remove 1. roof rack 2.chrome strip along gutter 3. center molding. any other words of help going to strip it down for a complete paint job

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kjs300td wrote:

Remove headliner>two allen head bolts per mounting point>bag and tag bolts,gaskets. You will need a new headliner ($300). You'll see why when you try removing the old one intact.
2.chrome strip along gutter
Masked mine.
3. center molding.
GENTLY pop off with a pry tool. you'll see the red retaining thingies on each molding mounting post. Pry as close to them as you can. Don't reuse the red retainers. Be very careful not to bend molding. Window bottom ledge molding is pried UPWARD, not outward.
any other words of help going to strip it down for a complete paint job.
Get all the rust. If you have a sunroof, drop the pan when the headliner is out and you will find rust you never knew was there.
http://avaloncinema.com/TD_rust.jpg
Test all the shunts from the sunroof pan to make sure they are not obstructed and the points that they drain are not rusting.
http://avaloncinema.com/TD_pan_rust.jpg
Pull the door panels and see if there is rust forming at the bottom of the insides of the doors. There are lots of rust treatments out there, but none of them will work if you do not remove the rust first. I used a wire wheel. very distructive to fabric and stainless, but effective. Unless your body work is perfect, go to a lighter colour. Dark or metalic colours tend to show dents and bumps. Nothing like a nice white paint job to hide sins. It is best to stick to the original colour of you can, otherwise you are painting under the hood and door jams. You might wanna budget for some professional body work if you want to go with original/darker colour. Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
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