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Old 09-09-2013, 05:05 PM   #1
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How do I remove these rear window trim pieces? I believe they are clipped in, since I got 2 clips "popped" out, but they still feel very much in place. I'm afraid of snapping them in half as I try to get out the slimmer, higher portion of the piece that goes up towards the roof.

As you can see they need to be painted. I was going to sand them, then spray paint them, or just straight up spray paint them flat black.



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Old 09-09-2013, 05:06 PM   #2
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Same question here
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:11 PM   #3
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I think that's a whole piece that goes over the window.. They aren't cheap either
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:14 PM   #4
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I think that's a whole piece that goes over the window.. They aren't cheap either
This is correct. I took mine off to paint the part your arrow is pointing at as they were won a bit. The rubber needs to be pulled out of the way and then you will see the screws to take them off. It's not as easy as just taking off the rear little section.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:14 PM   #5
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Open both the doors and pull out the rubber window gasket (it just pops out of this trapezoidal bracket) then you should see one or two screws underneath.

When I noticed these I assumed these held on the window trim, but if its like anything else on our cars you're going to break at least ten pop clips taking it off
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:30 PM   #6
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This is correct. I took mine off to paint the part your arrow is pointing at as they were won a bit. The rubber needs to be pulled out of the way and then you will see the screws to take them off. It's not as easy as just taking off the rear little section.
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Open both the doors and pull out the rubber window gasket (it just pops out of this trapezoidal bracket) then you should see one or two screws underneath.

When I noticed these I assumed these held on the window trim, but if its like anything else on our cars you're going to break at least ten pop clips taking it off
OK so I have 3 screws out and see the silver piece that they screwed into. Do I have to remove the molding ALL the way up to the front of the car? The black part has a break in it. How do I get the black piece off the silver plating (if it does)?
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:35 PM   #7
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Yes, remove it all the way to the front, it is one complete piece....
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:52 PM   #8
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Yes, it is one complete piece. Do note, I can see the pop clip behind there in one of your pictures and those, being Subaru made, are notorious for breaking off trim moldings. I wouldn't remove these pieces unless you plan to replace them right away.

Also, if you have a plastic bicycle tire lever, now is the time to break it out (will save you, your car, and maybe the trim lots of pain)
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:57 PM   #9
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Yes, remove it all the way to the front, it is one complete piece....
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Yes, it is one complete piece. Do note, I can see the pop clip behind there in one of your pictures and those, being Subaru made, are notorious for breaking off trim moldings. I wouldn't remove these pieces unless you plan to replace them right away.

Also, if you have a plastic bicycle tire lever, now is the time to break it out (will save you, your car, and maybe the trim lots of pain)
Ok then. Did you guys paint your by any chance? I'm worried about the rubber molding not going back in once I remove it.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:33 PM   #10
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Are you painting? Just tape it up.

The rubber mold will go in fine, if you mean the window gasket.
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I never painted it, I bought a used one to replace the kinked one on my car last year.

There is a very small rubber trim that runs along the top, try to tape that off.....

The rubber molding will pop back in the silver part of the trim very easily.

This is a wagon piece, but you get the idea.




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Old 09-10-2013, 12:19 AM   #12
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Appreciate the help guys! Will post pictures when I'm done tomorrow!
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Old 09-10-2013, 01:12 AM   #13
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Tape it up. Newspaper. Plastidip. I think Blaze Orange would be BA.
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How would plastidip hold up in comparison to say, bumper black in a can?

I never got into the whole plastidip craze... but it seems like it'd be good for things like this, given it would hold up for awhile.
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The rubber mold will go in fine, if you mean the window gasket.
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Just finished painting last night. Used a flat black spray paint. 5 coats. Tapped off the rubber strip. I think they came out good and look MUCH better!


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looks good!
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:34 PM   #18
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i gotta do the same thing. did you end up pulling the whole thing off before you painted it and what brand did you use. looks great btw
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:18 PM   #19
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i gotta do the same thing. did you end up pulling the whole thing off before you painted it and what brand did you use. looks great btw
Yes I pulled the entire trim piece off. A few posts above someone showed the entire trim piece that has to come off. I started from the back, but you can do it either way.

Once you pop off the back section (towards the rear, two pop-in clips) pull down the rubber trim (it will just come out and isn't glued or anything) and you'll see screws holding the rest of the trim to the body of the car. Unscrew all of them (I think in total like 12) and the piece just comes out.
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