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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-15-2019, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Chrome trim delete

Anyway someone knows of how to remove the chrome trim on windshield and rear window and have it look natural or stock? I'm replacing seals and don't like chrome to begin with. Car is black and switching to gloss drab green. The chrome just wouldn't work as well.
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One thought is to have then powder coated to a matching color. I went with satin black on my 66' fastback and it really looks good. There are pics in the Gallery under Too Subtle
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One thought is to have then powder coated to a matching color. I went with satin black on my 66' fastback and it really looks good. There are pics in the Gallery under Too Subtle
mm excellent idea, I have access to powder coating too. Now I have to get them off without snapping. Thanks!
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Anyway someone knows of how to remove the chrome trim on windshield and rear window and have it look natural or stock?

It can't be done. The windshield is held in place by a rubber gasket/seal. The windshield "floats" inside this seal. The body structure forming the windshield opening is not rigid and it actually flexes when the car goes over bumps. If you were to glue the windshield in place with the modern urethane glue it would crack on the first bump in the road.
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It can't be done. The windshield is held in place by a rubber gasket/seal. The windshield "floats" inside this seal. The body structure forming the windshield opening is not rigid and it actually flexes when the car goes over bumps. If you were to glue the windshield in place with the modern urethane glue it would crack on the first bump in the road.
I think the OP just mean removing the trim.

It leaves a gap, for sure, but just blacking it out looks NICE on some cars.

You could leave it in place and black it out with vinyl tape, could always remove that easily later if you "shift gears".

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3M automotive grade vinyl in matte would be a good choice to black out the trim.
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Derp them. If you don't like it, it just peels right off. So many colors to choose from too.

https://www.dipyourcar.com/?gclid=Cj...RoCkaIQAvD_BwE
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Derp them. If you don't like it, it just peels right off. So many colors to choose from too.

https://www.dipyourcar.com/?gclid=Cj...RoCkaIQAvD_BwE
I've dipped quite a few cars, and I don't think I would try to dip the trim on a classic mustang. The way it wraps down into the body line against the gasket, would leave a thin edge that would be really hard to get peeled off. You would find yourself with solvent and a toothbrush trying to get the last little bit.

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I was thinking of wrapping mine in a vinyl as well.

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Either powder coat them to match the body, or do them black. But like others have said, vinyl wrapping with an air release vinyl will do what you want and give you the option of reversing if you want to change things up in the future. A lot of the vinyls will last 5-10 years these days. And considering most with classic cars aren't going to let them sit out in the elements much if at all, I wouldn't be surprised if it lasted the full decade (depending on what brand you were looking for).

Most will say the brands you want to stick with are
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and Vvivid has really improved the quality over the years.
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Since you are painting, another option is to scuff your chrome trim and paint it body color. I did that to my custom build. The paint has held up very well.
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It can't be done. The windshield is held in place by a rubber gasket/seal. The windshield "floats" inside this seal. The body structure forming the windshield opening is not rigid and it actually flexes when the car goes over bumps. If you were to glue the windshield in place with the modern urethane glue it would crack on the first bump in the road.
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Not what the OP is looking for however, there are front and rear “flush mount” (trim-less) replacement glass available for the 65/66. I looked into it and really like the look. What isn't appealing for most (including me) is the price. These are designed to be installed via urethane windshield sealer.
One may think flexing would be an issue but not. I know when I removed my front glass on my early 64.5 the weatherstrip was so hard the windshield might as well been welded in..

Depending on body color I will probably go either black or body color / powder coating.

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Post pics of what you do! I'm curious.

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3M automotive grade vinyl in matte would be a good choice to black out the trim.
This is what I am doing.
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