How To Remove Bump Strips

Discussion in 'Astra' started by Matt, September 2, 2007.

  1. Matt

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    When I paint my spoiler, I'm also going to paint the bump strips on the Astra.

    How do you remove these?
     
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  3. vocky

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    they are held on with double sided tape, they normally paint them on the car :)
     
  4. JohnnyN

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    As Vocky said, double sided tape. If you can, it might be worth buying new and then painting them before refitting. I took Chris's off her Corsa once and they went all ripply because they had stretched. Ended up buying new.

    :?
     
  5. TimSri

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    What spoiler did you go for in the end Matt?
     
  6. JohnnyN

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    Just had a look at some pics of your bump strips and your are more substantial than whats fitted to a Corsa. I reckon you'll be okay with your original ones.
     
  7. Matt

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    Well, after careful deliberation, I ended up getting........an XBOX 360 instead
     
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  9. Matt

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    hmm, suprisingly, they are clipped into the body work with plastic plugs!
     
  10. Matt

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    Ffoegs instructions from Astra Owners Club:

    Source: http://www.astraownersclub.com/vb/showp ... ostcount=2

    And the side skirts

    Source: http://www.astraownersclub.com/vb/showt ... hp?t=97044

    Looks like I'm going to be busy
     
  11. kohler

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    can anybody explain a to foreigner what a bump strip is? a picture maybe?
     
  12. vocky

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    a bump strip is the plastic moulding which goes across the side of the car to stop damage from objects such as another car door :)

    on a vectra B the side indicator sits in the bump strip
     
  13. Matt

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    Just gone outside to give this a go, and it's too windy to spray. I wish I had a garage :(
     
  14. Matt

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    Finally got around to making a start on this

    Bump strips off:

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    They were pretty to remove, using the information supplied by Ffoeg. I ended up needing to use a rubber mallett to whack the 2x2 piece of wood to get the strips off the rear quarters.

    Sanded and cleaned:

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    Couple of layers of plastic primer:

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    Wet sanded inbetween coats with some 600grit wet and dry

    The start of the colour coats:

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    The rear quarters finished (after about 6 light coats)
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    Made a start on the door strips, got 2 coats on and it started spitting:

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  15. Ian

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    Good job matt!! Looking good wish i could spray like that notsure.gif
     
  16. Sjdickso

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    looking great mate sorry i could not help today
     
  17. Matt

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    No worries mate, I'll let you help when I do the side skirts :D
     
  18. Sjdickso

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  19. Matt

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    When we going to paint yours Si?
     
  20. daiflu

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    I sprayed my door strips on the weekend.
    Here are some pics:
    What they started off like:
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    Sanded (this was the hardest part)
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    Primed:
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    Basecoat:
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    Clearcoat (sorry about the blur, hands must have been shaking from sniffing the 2K):
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    Haven't taken any pics with them on the car yet. I'm going to wait a few days before I clean it.


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  21. Matt

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    How far back did you sand them? Were they totally smooth, or still have some of the dimple effect on them? Look really good though :D