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Old 07-13-2009, 04:23 PM   #1
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real quick question here -

will the running board panel (not sure if that's really what it's called, but the piece running below the driver and passenger doors) from an SWx fit an SLx?

i'm assuming yes, but i want to double-check before i buy one.

additionally - how is this piece attached? i assumed just those plastic screw/rivet things, but i couldn't pry it off (didn't put in much effort for fear of breaking it)


and, lastly, how does one remove the pinstripes from body panels? i got a door panel, and got it off with a razor blade and lots of patience, but is there an easier way?

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Old 07-13-2009, 10:39 PM   #2
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:09 PM   #3
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real quick question here -

will the running board panel (not sure if that's really what it's called, but the piece running below the driver and passenger doors) from an SWx fit an SLx?

i'm assuming yes, but i want to double-check before i buy one.

If you are asking about the rocker panel then yes, they are the same.

additionally - how is this piece attached? i assumed just those plastic screw/rivet things, but i couldn't pry it off (didn't put in much effort for fear of breaking it)

The same kind of pins that hold the splash shields on. Looks like 10 to a side and a clip and a screw at the rear. All from looking at the parts book, could be entirely different on the ground.

and, lastly, how does one remove the pinstripes from body panels? i got a door panel, and got it off with a razor blade and lots of patience, but is there an easier way?
A product made by 3M called Stripe and Decal Remover. You get it at teh place that sells real automotive paints in big cans. And all the other body finishing supplies. Its not that cheap either.

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Old 07-13-2009, 11:18 PM   #4
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A product made by 3M called Stripe and Decal Remover. You get it at teh place that sells real automotive paints in big cans. And all the other body finishing supplies. Its not that cheap either.
hmm... not cheap = razor blade method again next time. it worked well, but was very time-consuming.

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Old 07-13-2009, 11:25 PM   #5
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Gen-2/3 show a rocker panel and a rocker moulding (not sure which is which). F or a given year, wagon and sedan use the same part. Alas, my parts diagrams only go back to '96, and I know that's one area where the gen-1s were quite different.

The replacement quarter panel I got from NC following the deer crash had one of the hideous pin-stripes, along with something like "97 Satrun wagon" written in yellow junkyard-pen on the OUTSIDE of the panel . IIRC, I used a combination of a razor blade, a rubbing compound / paste wax blend, alcohol (both internal and topical) and a LOT of time and Zen patience. It took aprx. 3x as long to make the darn thing look even borderine presentable, than it did to bolt it on. I don't think there's any free lunch in this case.

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Old 07-13-2009, 11:31 PM   #6
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The replacement quarter panel I got from NC following the deer crash had one of the hideous pin-stripes, along with something like "97 Satrun wagon" written in yellow junkyard-pen on the OUTSIDE of the panel . IIRC, I used a combination of a razor blade, a rubbing compound / paste wax blend, alcohol (both internal and topical) and a LOT of time and Zen patience. It took aprx. 3x as long to make the darn thing look even borderine presentable, than it did to bolt it on. I don't think there's any free lunch in this case.
junkyard pen responded well to mild cleanser.
and, yeah, much longer to take off the stripe than to remove the panel. woulda gone for one without a stripe, but it was the only one in my color.

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hmm... not cheap = razor blade method again next time. it worked well, but was very time-consuming.
Pick up an end and use a high power hair dryer on them. A product called Goo OFF will cut the adhesive. It also can damage some paints if left on so be careful with it.

Take a picture of the part you are looking for. Looks like they all swap as long as you do not cross generational lines. The 93-95 interchange.

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Old 07-13-2009, 11:47 PM   #8
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3M makes a "stripe off wheel" to remove pinstripes. It's basically a big rubber eraser that you chuck up to a die grinder/drill/etc. You should be able to find one at at good auto parts store. I think they are in the $30-$40 range though.

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The 3M remover is not that bad... I never thought much of the eraser. Visions of trashed paint.

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3M makes a "stripe off wheel" to remove pinstripes. It's basically a big rubber eraser that you chuck up to a die grinder/drill/etc. You should be able to find one at at good auto parts store. I think they are in the $30-$40 range though.
+1 on this. It works great. I got one for $20 at an automotive paint supply company.

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Old 07-14-2009, 12:04 AM   #11
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i work about a block from an auto paint supplier, so i'll hop over there during lunch tomorrow and see what they have to say and what the want for each of these products.

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