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Old 03 Mar 2015, 04:42 pm
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I have a 2003 PT Cruiser dream cruiser series 2 and it has the ugly Chrome on the windows I was wondering the steps to remove this and if its an easy process thank you
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I have a 2003 PT Cruiser dream cruiser series 2 and it has the ugly Chrome on the windows I was wondering the steps to remove this and if its an easy process thank you
these?


i believe they are adhered with strong double stick tape, but the ones underneath probably have seen better days. have you considered black paint?
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Old 03 Mar 2015, 04:58 pm
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Do you mean like this?:



That isn't stock, those are add-ons.
This is stock:
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Yes those would be it should those be Farley easy to remove or should I mask it all off and plastic dip it black ?
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Yes those would be it should those be Farley easy to remove or should I mask it all off and plastic dip it black ?
You will need to see how well there on there. Two sided tape. you can use fishing line or a heavy think thread like upholstery thread. And skin them off and use some Goo Gone to get the glue off. The dip will be easy to nick and will not have the factory shine of the original peaces.
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You will need to see how well there on there. Two sided tape. you can use fishing line or a heavy think thread like upholstery thread. And skin them off and use some Goo Gone to get the glue off. The dip will be easy to nick and will not have the factory shine of the original peaces.
think floss would be a good idea too...
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I have a 2003 PT Cruiser dream cruiser series 2 and it has the ugly Chrome on the windows I was wondering the steps to remove this and if its an easy process thank you
1. Remove with fishing line.

2. Use Goo Gone or another adhesive remover to get rid of the residue. Don't use other types of cleaner products. Many will damage the finish. But the real adhesive removers works pretty well if allowed to soak and with repeated applications. They have it at Home Depot and Lowes.

3. Don't refer to the chrome pillar covers as ugly. Many forum members like the look of them on their PT's. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So let's not disrespect other beholders.
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personally i like the Chrome pillars on mine but that's just me.
Id lose the Chrome along the top of your windows then see what you think about the look.. otherwise fishing line and Goo Be Gone {oops sorry i was looking at "quicksilvers" pictures}
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These pieces are easy to remove, see below:

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To remove, you lower the glass and pull the glass weatherstripping out of the channel. In the weatherstripping channel there are some small torx head screws, remove those. Then on the inside of the doors, remove the torx screws at the end of the trim piece that is on the outside of the doors, at the bottom of the glass. On the rear doors there is a screw at each end and you can completely remove this trim piece from the door. On the front doors there is only one screw, at the back of the doors, not necessary to remove this trim from the doors, just remove the screw and loosen the trim piece. Then to remove the pillar trim pieces, from the lip that goes in the weatherstripping channel, gently lift up the trim piece and roll it towards the outer part that is rolled around the door edge. On the back of the trim pieces, at the top, there is a small plastic wedge that may be loose, don't lose those. Reinstall in reverse order. Also, when removing the trim screws, it helps to stuff a rag in the small crack at the bottom of the glass as you may drop some screws down inside the door, if that happens, then you have to remove the door panel to retrieve.
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Handy, here are a few pics of how the pillars are mounted:








You can get a set of new ones for less than $200.
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You might decide as I have to paint the black door trim pieces on my 03 Dream Tangerine Pearl to accentuate the early car look.
My son and I bought a couple of sets of door trim at out
R local pick apart for about $30 or so for all six pieces. They are fairly easy to remove, and paint, the install on your own car and not lose any driving time. You can then refinish your original moldings and not lose any drive time.
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