Replacement for plastic mirror trim

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Replacement for plastic mirror trim

Post by dunstan » Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:43 pm

Has anyone ever found a replacement for the plastic trim that goes around the side mirrors?
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I want to take my mirrors apart to have them powder coated, but the trim isn't very flexible, and will be ruined on removal. I don't want to proceed unless I can find a way to replace it.

I've spent hours and hours googling away, but no luck so far.
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Re: Replacement for plastic mirror trim

Post by russmehl » Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:07 pm

Have you tried softening the trim with heat? Like dump the whole thing in some very hot water?
And, seems to me the mirror heads are still available...
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Re: Replacement for plastic mirror trim

Post by dunstan » Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:15 pm

I haven't, but that's a good idea!
And I didn't realise they were still for sale. That's good to know for if I mess mine up.
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Re: Replacement for plastic mirror trim

Post by dunstan » Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:55 pm

russmehl wrote:Have you tried softening the trim with heat? Like dump the whole thing in some very hot water?
Clever man:
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30s in 180F water softened it to the point where it easily came off without any damage.

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Re: Replacement for plastic mirror trim

Post by Ruby » Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:21 pm

That brought back a rough memory of biting down on a boil and bite hockey mouthguard with loose and broken front teeth. Didn't want to miss any hockey and needed something to seal off the exposed nerves. :D
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Re: Replacement for plastic mirror trim

Post by dunstan » Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:31 pm

Yikes!
We used to soak out boil and bite mouth guards in orange squash so they always had a nice taste. That was only... 23 years ago :shock:
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Re: Replacement for plastic mirror trim

Post by russmehl » Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:48 pm

Remember to soften it on the way back together... the glass doesn't want to be stressed!
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Re: Replacement for plastic mirror trim

Post by dunstan » Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:08 pm

Will do!
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Re: Replacement for plastic mirror trim

Post by stevec » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:54 am

Yes, new mirrors are still available. They come in primer grey, so you need to remove that seal to paint them (properly). On new mirrors it is pretty easy to remove; not so much on older mirrors that have been sitting out in the elements!
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Re: Replacement for plastic mirror trim

Post by dunstan » Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:31 pm

Just to say that I disassembled, powder coated, and then reassembled these just fine by following your advice. To take them off I put the whole thing in hot water, which softened the plastic. To reassemble them I put the plastic trim under a hair dryer until it softened up enough. Thanks for the tips.
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Re: Replacement for plastic mirror trim

Post by Myers » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:02 pm

Old Russ to the rescue again
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