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bazthespazz 10-31-2019 11:33 AM

Replacing chrome trim 5th Gen El Camino door panel
The chrome trim on the door panels of my '84 El Camino need to be replaced. I've found the chrome tape to replace the original but how do you get all the old stuff off so you've got a good smooth surface to work with?

the road 1986 10-31-2019 06:33 PM

I used a razor blade and goo-gone. Where did you find the new chrome tape at?

86_Caballero 11-01-2019 04:36 AM

This is one problem that frustrated me for years, and I may have found a solution. I tried a couple different "chrome tapes" only to find poor adhesion to the rubbery trim strip. I don't know if there are chemicals in that rubber piece or something else, but nothing I tried would remove it.

When I put in Dynamat kits I had some leftover Wenda tape. Not as shiny as the chrome stuff, but I figured it was better than nothing. Well, it sticks and holds.

So my solution was to use one layer of Wenda tape and then put on the chrome tape. Been holding for over 6 months.

I bought 1" wide chrome tape from Amazon which is a perfect width. Just have a steady hand. Any wrinkle in the Wenda tape will show in the chrome tape. You will need to cut the Wenda tape to 1 inch width.

2byoungagain 11-01-2019 05:33 AM

I'm at the same place with my 85. I had good luck removing the old with a razor knife and sharp fingernails finished off with fine grit sandpaper. I was going to look for some chrome carbon fiber. Anyone have experience installing carbon fiber on the small plastic strips?

bazthespazz 11-01-2019 10:39 AM

The chrome tape I found was on Fleabay for under $10.00.

87next2last1 11-01-2019 10:56 AM

I used this stuff & been on it for over 15 years & still looks great



elcodude 11-01-2019 12:55 PM

Replacing chrome trim 5th Gen El Camino door panel
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This is what I did (took it a step farther) to replace the trim.
Post #22 Page 2 has an update with new pics of the process.


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LilBrownJug 11-01-2019 02:20 PM

Wife and I just removed all the shiny stuff, left the grey there. And it looks real good. But as a daily driver she's happy and if mamas happy leaver right there.:hail2:

old goat 11-01-2019 02:57 PM

That's how mine are!
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They show up as a light blue grey. But if I ever find the patience I do like the chrome look! :bigups:


87next2last1 11-01-2019 04:11 PM

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I painted the ones on my 84

Mosvold 11-07-2019 06:32 PM

What are those seats out of?! They look comfy and match well.

78 Elk 11-07-2019 07:26 PM

Here is a picture of the panel we (wife and I) made using a strip from EBay. We used the glue that came with the strips.

BillyJack 11-08-2019 07:45 AM

I redid mine with some chrome tape I got from a local vendor who does striping & graphics for the local car dealers.
Careful prep work is the key. After removing the upper panels, I cleaned the old failing chrome to remove any residual vinyl dressings, then folded up a small pad of 220 sandpaper to dislodge any loose pieces, feather any edges and provide a good surface for the new material to bond. One more cleaning wipe with alcohol removed any remaining contaminants and sanding residual. The material I had was wider than the existing moldings, so I carefully laid the new self adhesive tape on the upper edge of the molding, pulling it tight enough to not have any bubbles or wrinkles, but not to stretch the tape, only to have it shrink it up later.
The corner had to be carefully miter cut with a sharp Xacto blade. Once I was satisfied with the look, I used a thin but soft rag to press everything down securely, then carefully trimmed the lower edge where it overlapped on the vinyl, cutting through the foil, but not into the vinyl. Reinstall the upper panel and admire your handiwork.
Don't have a picture, since I'm at work, but it's still looking good after 10 years.


greywolf 11-08-2019 09:13 AM

My plan is to paint that plastic to match the exterior.

ELClemente 11-11-2019 11:12 AM

had leather seat covers from "LSeat" installed and door panels wrapped left "chrome" trim off but had seam sewn into panel to mimick shape of trim strip

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