Trim on my old bird was getting pretty tatty... Sun, rain , road debris, weather changes have all taken thier toll over the years. What to do? Well , the two longitudinal strips that form the sides of the windows, and go up over the top of the car , concealing a panel separation, have been replaced with the windshield, and are pretty durable anyhow .... The top strip,on the windshield, is mostly rubber as is the top strip on the rear window, and the rear quarter window mounting trim... It makes no sense to replace that when its easily refurbed... The lower rear window strip is stainless with a thin coating of vynil which just doesnt hold uop well, I chose to refurb that as well, but with not as good results. I used Duplicolor black bumper spray, which is sort of a rubber compound.The trick is to clean/buff the strips pretty clean and smooth. I used denatured alcohol, and vynil gloves to remove the armor all residue, dirt, etc, then buffed them with green , and white scotch brite pads. The lower didnt come out too good on the backlite, as it was too far eroded.... Looks like wrinkle paint . Not bad, not so good either.I used one whole newspaper and a whole roll of masking tape.
Thats tough for me these days as the bifocals do not lend themselves well to masking precisely. After cleaning , then masking , I shot the parts to refurb with a generous coat of the bumper black, and let it dry over nite. another shot in the morning and remove the masking that afternoon .
It looks pretty good huh? I think a couple more shots would add "build'', and cover a few more minor blems, but I am satisfied with what I got......