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Old 10-04-2017, 02:51 PM   #1
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Trim Removal Tools - Are These Adequate?

About to install thinsulate in side panels and doors and looking for recommendations/opinions on the proper tools for removing interior trim. Found these on Amazon. Are they adequate to the job or should I be looking at something fancier/more expensive/better? What are y'all using?


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KXN7LE6...ing=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 10-04-2017, 03:07 PM   #2
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Very similar to a smaller set of trim removal tools I bought a year or two ago. Far, far better than doing damage with a screwdriver or some other hard material that gouges the plastic that you're trying to remove.

Have these hanging up in my garage, and use them quite frequently.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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Old 10-04-2017, 03:30 PM   #3
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Looks like a great kit to me. Especially if you mod more than just the van. Only thing I'd add are these:

https://m.harborfreight.com/panel-cl...not%20provided
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Old 10-04-2017, 04:00 PM   #4
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Looks like a great set! I have a subset of these, I think made by Sir tools.....much the same ......they work great. I also recently purchased a screwdriver style Lisle trim remover, looks much like the one in the pic, also works great.
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Old 10-04-2017, 10:09 PM   #5
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Thanks for the helpful replies! Looks like I'm going in the right direction.

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Old 10-05-2017, 08:51 AM   #6
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I will say to do your research first on how each panel is installed. Some trim pieces need to come out a certain way (pivot on one side or the other), otherwise you risk breaking the built-in retainer clip on the trim piece. For instance on my Crown Vic, the piece that houses the power window switches must be lifted from the back, and then backed out from the front, since it has a molded in piece in the front that slides under the rest of the door handle area. Do it the other way and that front clip breaks off and then you need to buy a power window switch housing that isn't made anymore. Ask me how I know.


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Old 10-05-2017, 09:53 AM   #7
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Herb, how do you know? (Just kidding!)

I've watched about a dozen YouTube videos and read what I could find on this forum and others but didn't find a lot very specific to my van.

If anybody knows of a specific video or other helpful visuals, or can offer some personal experience with removing the late model trim, please do post it here.

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I would gladly accept a set of proper trim tools if given them but have never spent a dime on any. I use almost one tool for virtually all trim removal, a small pry bar made for trim nails. Other than that, my trusty pocket knife never lets me down.

https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-5873-D...m+remover+tool
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