Modifying Classic Side Moldings to
Remove Rusty Chrome Trim
Kevin Kelly found that
the chrome centers of his rub strips were starting to rust on his 1989
Classic Range Rover, and kindly sent in this writeup describing how he
overcame the problem.
Kevin reports "I realized that the Range Rover door rub strip centers
were a lot like the BMW front and rear window trim centers that I have
been painting black for years. Land Rover and BMW cover the chrome
bright strip with clear plastic and it looks great when new but over
the years the plastic turns yellow and moisture gets in and starts to
rust the chrome (see photo below).
It takes less than a half hour to prep with some fine sand paper, tape
off and paint (see photo at top right) to make the Range Rover look a
The photo below shows a closeup of the rust starting to set in,
followed by "before and after" pictures of the vehicle.
|Illustration of the rust forming
on the center chrome trim strip on the
body side molding. This is a California car too!
|Kevin's RR before and after the