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Removing rubber impact strip

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Cavalry, Jul 1, 2002.

  1. Cavalry

    Cavalry 1/2 ton status

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    OK What is the best way to remove the black rubber impact strip on later K5's Peel off manualy and deal with removing residual glue? I want to remove these to for repainting with as little damage as possible to the metal. I dont care about the strips
     
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Try a heat gun to soften up the glue...kinda like a hair dryer on steroids./forums/images/icons/smile.gif

    Rene
     
  3. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Like Rene said, a heat gun works great to loosen up the strip. Start applying heat in a circular motion to one end and when it starts to lift, work your way down the body panel, pulling and heating as you go. Just make sure you wear a glove and don't keep the gun in one place for too long.

    To remove any leftover adhesive, soak a shop towel in some bug/tar remover and start wiping. Freshly uncovered adhesive comes off really easy.

    I just replaced a couple of pieces of trim on my 83 1/2 ton and the original stuff took a bit of effort to get off.
     
  4. BlazerGuy

    BlazerGuy 3/4 ton status

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    Hell I just grabbed a loose end and put my body weight into it! Didn't hurt the paint or body either. that stuff is really stuck on there hard, so hard that it pulled out a dent I had in the door ! /forums/images/icons/shocked.gif /forums/images/icons/smile.gif
     

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