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Trim around the A pillar

PostPost by: lotusbzz » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:54 pm

Hallo my Friends!
Anybody can show me how the trim connect with the plastic cover of the A pillar?
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What’s about the bracket of the mirror rod

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I do not have any clu how the vinyl wrap the pillar and the sun flap

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PostPost by: MarkDa » Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:38 am

The vinyl trim is held in place by the windscreen gasket and the 'door' seal.
The same for the plastic pillar trim.
The foam stops short of the plastic.
You take the vinyl over the mid-screen tie rod shaping the foam to blend in.
Your rod anchor doesn't look standard?
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PostPost by: lotusbzz » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:10 am

hallo MarkDa
The fitting of the windscreen was an endless battle, I've tried to put the vinyl under the gasket but no way .
I'll arrange something with sticky double side adhesive , but I do not think to remove the windscreen, not at all. :x
The rod anchor was purchased recently as spare parts, no idea if it's standard anyway it fits under the vinyl shape.
the Alen screw is just to preassembling the parts
A pictures showing how the vinyl and foam go into the plastic cover of the pillar would help a lot.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:26 am

The vinyl needs a good fit both sides to get nice tension.
I can understand not wanting to refit the windscreen though!
I'll see if I can find some photos.
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PostPost by: elanman999 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:29 am

Here's some pics of my car. The method is as Mark says.

I would comment:-
1, you do need to stretch the vinyl with heat or use a stretchy type of vinyl.
2, Your A pillar trim looks to be made from a plastic that is too thick.
3, buy enough vinyl to have at least two goes at fitting it.
4, when fitting the vinyl start at the centre and work outwards. Getting it correct over the windscreen support is the hardest part.
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PostPost by: lotusfan » Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:57 am

Elanman999

Was the vinyl around the top of the windscreen frame originally perforated? It looks good but I am sure mine was originally plain.
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PostPost by: elanman999 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:35 pm

lotusfan wrote:Elanman999

Was the vinyl around the top of the windscreen frame originally perforated? It looks good but I am sure mine was originally plain.


:oops: No it was not . I should have mentioned that. I used that vinyl (from Woolies) because was the thinest I could find and therefore easiest to fit bearing in mind you have to fit two layers into the windscreen rubber. It was also quite stretchy.
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PostPost by: lotusbzz » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:48 am

... I don’t like how the rigid part of the gasket wraps the top edge of the Apillar
What’s happen if I cut a bit the rigid gasket ( not the rubber) to help it to going around that tricky edge?
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:14 am

Paolo
I think that if you cut it the joint will be just as noticeable as the bend. The seal may even lose grip?
Warming a little might help spread the hump but I'd say that what we see in John's photos is as good as it gets.
I suspect that modern seal construction is not the same as original and that's why our tight external bends are not as neat as we'd like.
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