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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Apr 25th, 2014, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Painting silver door trims

The silver interior door trims in my 2008 Cooper are scratched and worn.
New ones are a lot dearer than I thought, so I would like to respray mine.
Can they be removed from the doors without taking the door cards off as well?
Or are they integral?
Is the silver paint readily available, or just buy any satin/matt silver rattle cans?
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Hi ya

They are quick to mask up, and you do a lot less damage as some parts are plastic wielded in place and never go back perfect.
Just pop the complete door card off rub it down marks it up prime, paint, clear coat job done :-)
You could go to a motor factors and buy the closest you can find.
I would personally go to and specialist car paint place get them to match it and they can put it in a can for you.
How bad are the scratches will they not polish out

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Thanks for the reply.
The scratches on the front door trims are just run of the mill, it's the trims in the rear that are worst as the paint is almost completely worn off (kids)
I'm not scared to remove the door cards, but I was hoping the trims would just pop off.
I found a schematic (see below) that suggests they would.
It's the parts numbered 7 & 8 I need to paint.
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The problem you can get with many trim items the clips and snap fixings self destruct when you remove them meaning you have to find out and buy new clips to re install, if you dont you end up with rattles.
If you can do it without disturbing them then so much the better, but removing them completely will make the painting easier of course, but if you do get some clips ready before you do the job or you wont be able to put it back correctly.
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Hi ya

They can be removed they are held in place by item 9.
Like you say you will have to remove the complete door card to do this.
Some trim options instead of using item 9 they are plastic wielded but unlit you remove the door card you will not know.
Anyway once there off you can take it to halfords or a paint specialist to match the colour
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Looking at the schematic, the clips are as per number 9 on the right hand side.
Some sort of starfish shaped things.
Anyone familiar with them?

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It looks like my ideal scenario (pop the trims off with card in place) won't be possible.
Oh well, door cards off it is then!

Thanks for help, everyone.
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Hi ya

The door cards are not bad to get off there are a few vids on youtube :-)
I have removed this type of clips and replaced them as sometimes there a pain to get off with out damaging the plastic spigot they fit on, I just cut them of with side cutters now.
There not expensive from bmw, but it all adds up.

Once you have them painted they will look nice :-)
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I don't suppose you know the names of the clips concerned, so I can order them up?
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I watched a youtube video, where the guy removed the armrest and 4 x torx screws.
But these seemed to have nothing to do with the surrounding trim, which just clipped off.
Youtube comments included "why did you do that" and "no need to do that"
Can anyone confirm the outside edge of the door trim (with the silver trim on it) just pulls off?
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