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Old 26 Oct 2015, 05:24 pm
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Default Re: 02 Woodie Cruiser

You might be better of in the long run to do the job in a professional manner. Remove the rear hatch latch assembly and the surrounding faux wood trim to expose your work area. Use a fine steel fishing line leader to saw underneath the surround trim and carefully separate it from the painted surface. This will expose the edges of the deteriorated faux wood sheet which you can easily remove with the application of heat from a hair dryer to loosen the adhesive. By slowly peeling it back you'll be able to remove it in one sticky piece. The remaining adhesive residue can be removed from the paint with Goo-Gone or finger nail polish remover.
This will make a clean "slate" for reapplying the new faux wood sheet without concern for fit or continuity. You'll start from the top or a side where you can perfectly align. Expose or peel back just an inch or so of the backing at first. This will also let you see the lay-out and instill more confidence. You'll probably need more that two hands for this. Without stretching the sheet, slowly peel back the backing while squeegeeing the air out and securing the sheet in place. Doing it this way give you a beginning reference point, no unsightly cut edges, and no risk of damaging the inner edges of the surrender pieces with sanding errors.
Reattach the surround pieces as they were attached originally, with 3M Super Strength Molding Tape. I used the #0309 1/2" x5' as I split it into 1/4" lengths to reattach some Chrome Door Spears. I'm sure it comes in different widths but the 1/4" roll was too long and too overpriced for my meager needs. I think this roll cost well under $10.00. This reattachment of the surrounds should be straight forward. Again reattach by exposing just a bit of the adhesion till your satisfied with the placement, then peel the rest of the backing from the adhesive and firmly press down for adhesion.
Doing it this way, will in the long run be much easier and yield a job well done.
I'd make SOOO BIG a Woody in a heart beat, I think the look is great. I'd probably only get the surrounds though and do the panels artistically in one of the painting techniques I'm familiar with.
Good luck, happy PTin', ptprice
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