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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-23-2010, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Roof drip rails

Anyone know where to get new drip rails for a 65 or is this a strip /swap item?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-24-2010, 09:55 PM
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Drip rails are not reproduced for full size. Look at swap meet or junk yard. They come up frequently on E-bay also. Take them off carefully, lots of WD-40 and easy does it.

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Drip rails

Thanks: I couldn't find em so I thought so. Are they applied with rtv or some kind of glue? And re-installed with? I think I read a heat gun is used to remove them??

"Big Blue" is getting prepped and painted...and passenger side top rail is dented right above the door...Ima thinking this needs to be dealt with now before paint. comments please...Jackson

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Jackson,
The drip rails are not glued on they are just lightly pressed into place. You need to start at the front and gently pry the bottom out. An old syle bottle opener works but you can also use pliers and screwdrivers. Dont try to take too much off all at once, work back about a foot at a time, just loosen it up by prying it off. Keep spraying WD under it as you move along. Be patient with them.

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Thank you sir...for info and to re-apply? replacements...can I remove them...let the shop paint her up...then apply later(more time to find good ones) And if so do you need apply such as...3M...drip check??? please rsvp.

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I would leave them off until you are done painting and then put them back on BUT...and this is important...do NOT let your painter put too much paint on the drip rails. Have the painter paint the base coat and then tape them off before he sprays on the clear coat. Also tell him to take it easy on any significant primer coats or at least sand them down good prior to paint. The way these guys put on the many layers of clear you will have big trouble putting them back on if you let him spray on all the layers. No glue required just snap them back on in reverse order. Start at the rear and go to the front.

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Many Thanks

That covers it..tyvm..

Base and three coats of clear is the plan so far. No need for a filling primer being stripped to metal, but I'll ask them what they're plans are for the prime...trust me for what I'm paying to let the pro's prep and paint her, I'm on em like a momma with a bad kid, in k-mart. Hope to make Reno's "Hot August Nights".
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-30-2010, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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Guy at the shop popped em off no problem...They were gonna leave em on and tape em to paint so this is good, I made them do the right thing...gotta keep a CLOSE eye on some of these monkeys. He knows a guy that will repair/polish em up for me...Thanks again for the help
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