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Has anyone removed the plastic rear upper quarter panels? How is it done? Do you have to remove the upper hatch struts? TIA

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Are you referring to the E Pillars, the textured trim on either side of the tailgate? If so, its not necessary to remove the tailgate struts, just remove 3 or 4 screws that secure each of them. From there, they just pull off. I used a flathead screwdriver to prise while I pulled, using the strut as leverage. Hope this helps.
 

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Hi - This is a timely thread for me because I want to restore the finish to these. I have just received some Back for Good in the post from the UK - I might also try the Krylon Fusion paint suggested by Shupack but I have only sourced one mob here in Australia that carry it but they only sell on a wholesale basis so waiting to hear how much I have to buy from them.

Anyway, my question is I thought that these panels were fixed somehow to the rear glass and because of that you couldn't get them off. I had enquired with Land Rover and was told that if I wanted new ones I had to get the glass as well which was prohibitively expensive.

I haven't got my Ranger at the moment otherwise I'd duck outside and try to get them off - she is away having the mother of all performance engine rebuilds and I won't have it back for about another week. But would be good to know that I can take the panels off and do the job that way.

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I did mine recently to fix a loose quarter window trim.

The forward edge of the rear pillar trim fits around the glass.

After removing the screws, I placed a length of wood along the edge at the glass and tapped the wood backward lightly with a hammer to dislodge the trim.
 

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I had enquired with Land Rover and was told that if I wanted new ones I had to get the glass as well which was prohibitively expensive.
Load of "Cobblers" they are avaliable seperately, but they are not cheap £140.00 each in the U.K.

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The trim part that the dealer was probably referring to is the one on top, bottom, and part of the D pillar, that surrounds the other 3 sides of the quarter window, thats only available with the glass. Im in the process of repainting the trim as well, except I removed every piece of it. I wouldn't recommend sanding your E pillars because of the texture, I just wiped mine down with laquer thinner, then painted and they turned out real nice. Good luck with it.
 

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Thanks for the replies and also the thread link qrover.

Max - what paint product did you use? I'd like to restore not only the textured E pillar trims (as I now know they're called) but also all of the plastic trim down the side - any tips on getting the rest of the trim off or doing this work generally. Does anyone have or know where I can get an exlpoded parts diagram with the pillar trims name ('A' 'B' etc.) so that I can marry what I read in various threads (and other websites) with the part referred to. I was flicking through a CD Rome of Rave but couldn't find it.

I bought some Back For Good from Spautopia in the UK for this work who say that it works best on acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic - does anyone know what the plastic external trim on our Rangers is made of and whether or not it is ABS? Don't want to use it if it won't work.

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Max said:
The trim part that the dealer was probably referring to is the one on top, bottom, and part of the D pillar, that surrounds the other 3 sides of the quarter window, thats only available with the glass.
Yes, that's what I understand. One of my trims had been removed by the dealer (for previous owner) to fix a leak in the rear window. The dealer glued it back on with some sort of heat softening mastic that kept dribbling down the window. I got sick of it and pulled it off, cleaned it all up, and reglued it to the window.
 
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Andrew,

I used Rustoleum Sandable Primer spray and then Duplicolor Trim Paint. I also got a aerosol spray gun thing which made it much easier. http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=6129&familyName=Bondo+EZ+Finish+Aerosol+Spray+Trigger
If you don't have one you should also get a panel popper for removing the bodyside moldings and the door sill finishers. The bodyside moldings on the doors each have a rubber nut on the inside of the door holding them on, then 4 or 5 plastic pop clips. Make sure to be careful when removing the window trim, there's a screw on the inside of each door holding them on, and they sit inside a channel on the door. Pull straight up on them and you should be able to remove them without breaking the plastic part that holds them in the channel, I managed to break every single one of mine so will have to glue them back on. I didn't sand any of the rubber trim, just used laquer thinner to clean it. For exploded views I find Microcat to be better, which you can get here http://green-oval.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=13&Itemid=29

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What type of glue did you use when you glue the piece back on? Mine had a black goop substance on it, im assuming its something specific for windshields and glass. Thanks.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I removed and painted them yesterday with Krylon fusion matte black. They look ten times better! Refit was a piece of cake but removal took a little persuading...

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Thanks for your response Max - much appreciated. Regards Andrew
 

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Gee, you're all lucky cos the ones I've seen over here the glass normally breaks as the adhesive is so strong where its attached to the panel on the front edge....
 

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Gee, you're all lucky cos the ones I've seen over here the glass normally breaks as the adhesive is so strong where its attached to the panel on the front edge....
I didn't think there was any adhesive there. There wasn't on either quarter panel on mine.
 
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