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Old 02-28-2013, 08:19 AM   #21
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Default Re: Astra Black Roof Trim

Worth a try sifi. Worst they can say is no.

Generally they were replaced under the bumper to bumper warranty just for appearance reasons.

Have a feeling the corrosion warranty only cover things that become inoperative because of corrosion. Shoot if it was appearance they would be replacing every part under every car in the midwest.

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Old 02-28-2013, 10:46 PM   #22
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Default Re: Astra Black Roof Trim

Funny this thread is active again, just had mine replaced under bumper to bumper (went in on the last day to get this looked at).

Parts would have been pricy - $134.25 each according to the writeup.

Time will tell if the new pair will hold up better than the originals. If it happens again I would look at removing and coating or painting them.

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Old 06-20-2017, 11:23 PM   #23
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Can anyone confirm how to remove the Astra black roof trim without destroying it or the roof paint?

The trim looks terrible so I want to give it a quick sand, a DIY respray, then reinstall.

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Old 06-21-2017, 02:33 AM   #24
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What he said, the exploded diagram of these parts does not look like the car. If this does not work out, may have to find some long extensions of Aussie licorice to jam in there with a rubber mallet.

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Old 06-21-2017, 01:17 PM   #25
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They're just held in by a few clips. Start to lift the rails from the tailgate, and tug them upwards to release the clips, no tools required. Move your hands underneath them as you progress, don't just try to peel the whole rail off by holding one end. Avoid bending the rails past their natural curve, but if you need to, they are metal and can just be curved back to shape.

I plastidipped mine black when I got the car 5 years ago, it's tough and it matches the textured plastic look. Spraycan bedliner should be even more durable.

If you don't use the roof rack mounting points, now would be a good time to secure the flappys from below to avoid them lifting up and getting torn off in a car wash, had to replace 2 of those flaps a couple of winters ago, luckily they are plentiful on Euro ebay.

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Old 06-21-2017, 08:39 PM   #26
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Thanks Romanster - just what I needed!

The plugs disappeared years ago and I will probably just patch the holes with something once I get the racks off.

The bedliner plastic spray will be perfect and last for a long time so thanks for the idea!

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Old 06-26-2017, 08:12 PM   #27
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This week I refurbished the black roof trim. It looked very ratty and now looks fantastic. Took less than 3 hours and cost $0 (well I had the scraper, sandpaper and spray paint in the basement).

Trim removal took 60 seconds and was as easy as noted above.

Removal left a few minor scratches on the roof. Thus, I would consider putting 4 strips of painter's tape on the roof (front to back) to prevent scratching the roof during removal-replacement.

The black roof trim seems to be a good quality alu alloy covered with a yellowed-primer covered by the peeling black coating. The yellowed primer seems to have gotten brittle and caused the paint failure but I'm not sure about that. The rack bottom had no paint failure.

With my hands, I peeled off 100% of the factory coating from the top. I used a metal scraper to hack most off the sides. Spent less than 30 minutes total. Then used 400 grit dry sandpaper to remove the yellow garbage and smooth the sides a bit where the alu transitions to the factory coating that did not fail. Then cleaned up oils and glue with 99.99% iso alcohol.

Finally over a 2 day period painted about 8 light coats with some high quality matte black spray paint that was in the basement. Then let it bake in the sunlight for a day. Install took less than 5 minutes.

You will get better results using less brutal sanding techniques, better cleaning and applying primer.

But for $0 using stuff in the basement and a few easy hours the black roof trim looks virtually new (except the 4 plugs that went missing in 2008!)

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Old 05-27-2018, 11:30 PM   #28
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Default Carnuba Wax or 303 Marine Protectant for New Astra Black Roof Rail Trim

Since this is the most recent thread on this topic, I thought I'd post here.

I purchased the replacement items (still available new, see below) that included the rails, retaining clips, and articulating cover. See capture of my invoice for website name, parts number, price, and 888-number. I thought this a very fair price, especially with the expert packaging I got.

I installed these in February when it was actually raining in California. After removing the previous items, I hand washed the car, used clay compound on all of the roof, and then used two coats of Mother's carnauba wax. I place and polished out three coats on all sides of the rails themselves.

I am pleased with the appearance and the fact that I see no marring, pitting, or discoloration from moisture others experienced with this trim piece when the cars were only a few months old. They went from this to worse, with my original pieces doing the same. I am curious to get everybody's opinion of which you would use weekly to treat your car if you were me and experiencing San Jose's mild winter (13-15" of rain annually and otherwise Mediterranean weather)----More carnauba or 303 Marine protectant?

All comments appreciated.
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Old 06-25-2018, 08:29 PM   #29
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When I did the carbon fiber on my hood and grille, I also did rails to match. A bit of effort, but looks good and might be a way to go for those thinking of it.

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Old 07-19-2018, 12:07 PM   #30
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The trim on the roof of my car has recently gone very bad. It's cracking falling apart/coming off the car. The OEM parts from GM are almost 60 USD for one piece, and I would really rather not pay that much. Are there any cheaper sources to purchase from or cheaper alternatives to buying a trim piece?

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Old 07-21-2018, 02:14 PM   #31
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The trim on the roof of my car has recently gone very bad. It's cracking falling apart/coming off the car. The OEM parts from GM are almost 60 USD for one piece, and I would really rather not pay that much. Are there any cheaper sources to purchase from or cheaper alternatives to buying a trim piece?
I do't think $120 for both sides is that bad of a price. In the JFS post back in May the parts for his cost more. I am not saying a$120 is cheap, but it is not all that bad. Especially when you have replaced them with new and can now prevent them from going bad. You might try an online parts "Mega Dealer" and get them for even less. But you have to figure in shipping too. Or is there an Astra in the local salvage yard - that the pieces are still good or restorable?

I guess I am lucky that my roof rail pieces are still in decent shape yet. They could need some painting because they are turning a little grey. Probably the reason they have lasted so long is that the car is garaged most of the time. It is good that you care about your car though and want to do something about the cars appearance. Most of the Saturn Astras around my area are just ill cared for, aging beaters.

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Old 07-21-2018, 02:27 PM   #32
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The trim on the roof of my car has recently gone very bad. It's cracking falling apart/coming off the car. The OEM parts from GM are almost 60 USD for one piece, and I would really rather not pay that much. Are there any cheaper sources to purchase from or cheaper alternatives to buying a trim piece?
Are they really coming off the car or is it just the coating flaking? The trim is just robust alu strips that are well clipped into the gutter.

The 4 plugs fall off after a few months but nothing you can do about that.

Getting used trim you will likely face the same defective primer. Replacement trim likely comes from the same batch as the car was only sold for one year.

Say two hours of easy work, some soap, and a $5 can of paint and you get same result as new. See my post above.

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Old 07-22-2018, 10:44 AM   #33
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While during 2008-2009 GM only sold around 25K re-badged Astra Mk 5 vehicles in North America, Opel/Vauxhall/Holden sold 500K per year in their combined markets.

Since I have made my purchase and replacement, these parts have disappeared from the U.S. sites I had saved showing them available. However, there is no problem finding them for sale on https://www.ebay.co.uk/ , ebay.de, or the Polish, Romanian, and Russian eBay sites. The articulating covers can be had for around $25 for a complete set of four, although I think these might be knock-offs. OEM for a bit more.

I recently purchased a hood mounted air deflector from Belarus (Not installed yet. I know from a previous vehicle they are sacrificial to keep the California grit from air-abrading the paint on the hood and cause most smaller particles to traverse the hood and windshield without an impact). It was $100 including shipping and the eBayer lived up to his excellent rating.

I say have a look and go for it, there is a world of Astra H parts out there.

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