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Yep. There are two spring loaded pins that hold it. A sharp pull works.
 

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Discussion Starter #22
Thanks Rowdie I'll give it a shot - sounds straightforward and scary at the same time 馃槀
 

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Yep. There are two spring loaded pins that hold it. A sharp pull works.
 

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Thanks Rowdie, the trick worked - I now have all trim pieces out of the car, sanding and prepping today and painting on Monday.

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So far so good. I completed what I set out to do today - cleaned, sanded and degreased all trim pieces. I counted 5 different shades, depending on the material and level of exposure to sun. 馃槕 At any rate come Monday all should be back to uniform color, just need to cover up the interior. 馃憤

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Before you go on - if you own a R107 could you visit this https://www.benzworld.org/threads/door-chrome-trim-removal.3039544/post-17905881 please and advise if you car has / hasn鈥檛 chrom trim at the top of the door panel. Thank you!

Moving on, something at work came up so unfortunately I didn鈥檛 get to complete everything I wanted to today 鈥 that said, I made some progress and I鈥檒l let you decide for yourselves as I鈥檓 obviously biased, yet I like what I see coming out of those small volico spray cans!

The top of the window trim had some damage (cracks, tears) due to, I assume, pins from the hard top being misaligned 鈥 those were filled with liquid leather and I鈥檒l get to dyeing them tomorrow.

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The only trim I dyed today was the speaker covers 鈥 a big nuisance was to cover the material as I wanted to leave it as is, so cut a LOT of tiny 26 x 4mm labels as there are 12 rows by 3 columns in each speaker cover.

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The rest was easy: prime followed by 2x very, very light misty coats and finish off with top coat - job done! It鈥檚 not that obvious to tell apart old vs new so I鈥檓 a happy camper and I look forward to finishing the other trim pieces tomorrow.

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Speaker cover vs handbrake cover - different plastics but color wise it鈥檚 a pretty good match!

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Well, this is - the dashboard is now fully refreshed and ready for assembly at some point between Christmas / end of January. As such everything went well, no nasty surprises - as with everything else preparation is key to success, and just take your time covering everything that you don't want painted as they spray gets everywhere. I've no idea how this could be pulled off with the dashboard in situ, I think one would need a PhD in using masking tape :D Some pics below which I think show a good contrast between old and new - yes, the dashboard actually looks like new in the flesh!

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All of the R107's I possess, 1972-1986 have the "chrome" trim at the top of the door panel.
 

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Thank you Rowdie, that's the feedback I'm getting from others as well. In fact I'm yet to hear about one that wouldn't have it.
 

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Thanks Jim, appreciated! I thought there would be more drama involved but I got away without any quality issues calling for rework 馃憤
 

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As I was stripping the car over a few weekends it completely slipped my mind that door arm rests required some pimping - which is now complete, pics below are sequenced in 鈥渂efore鈥 and 鈥渁fter鈥 order.

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I picked up the veneer from my trusted carpenter - as mentioned earlier, this was just a minor refresh i.e. sanding down the old lacquer followed by 6 coats of piano lacquer, with a reduction in between coats. Overall it does look great, however I鈥檓 considering giving it a once over with 3k followed by 5k & 7k wet sand, buff and finally polish for that glass OEM look. It鈥檚 one of those 鈥渢ake your time鈥 jobs so might be a nice break between Christmas and New Year pleasantries :cool:

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Miko - it looks great. Fine job on the interior. The fabric inside your speaker covers can be replaced. I used a heat gun on low power to remove the vinyl covering (low heat - work very slowly). The speaker covers are sized and shaped slightly different so keep organized if you try this. I practiced on a set of salvaged ones.
 

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Thanks Brad, I appreciate it!

I already replaced some of the cloth a few years ago as it was torn, and it did cross my mind to do the whole speaker - but then life happened :)

Did you get any particular cloth / fabric for the speakers? I think the original factory was color coded to the interior.
 
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