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I was wondering if anyone here could give me a rough idea of how much it will cost to bring my car to a body shop and have them paint the c pillars, two black molding pieces between the driver and rear door windows, and the little black triangle piece near the c pillars. DO NOT even tell me to try it myself, I have tried twice with disastrous results and I have wasted 50+ dollars already. :mad: So can anyone here tell me a rough idea of how much a body shop would charge to do all those pieces on both sides of the car?

Note: On a 96 Intrepid
 

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I have a '96 Intrepid also, and the C-pillar covers are in horrible shape on mine. I thought I read somewhere on this site where someone said that the covers don't cost too much to replace, so you might want to check with your local dealer about that. I plan on doing that as soon as I can get a bit more scratch. However, I don't know about the little triangular pieces. Mine have survived thus far.
 

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Yeah, i'm having trouble getting mine glossy black. I've seen pictures of you guyz n-trepids, and your's are glossy. Any tips on how i could get mine like that. It really bothers me, but everyone who has an n-trep down here, their c-pillars are the same...could it just be the south GA sun???
 

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C-pillars, i bought them for 42 a piece at www.dodgepartsnet.com

I think, it should be somewhere on the forum. They are nice and shiny and made my car look even newer. The only thing is that you gotta fill the old holes and drill new ones 7mm difference.
 

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South GA Sun

jossimbyr said:
How far is Valdosta from Eufaula, AL? The sun sucks over here, too. It has destroyed the paint on my rear bumper.
My hometown (Cuthbert, GA) is only 25 mins. Valdosta, GA is 2hrs. 25mins. The sun has ruined the trim on my old car. That's why i need some ideas on how to keep the c-pillar protected and glossy.
 

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I have the added problem of all the other pieces being messed up too since some retard spray painted them to match the cpillar whenever he tried :(
 

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I was thinking of painting my a pillars? rear ones that fade..
I even went as far as buying the black high gloss paint, the grey primer, and the clear coat, all decent car spray paint...

The main problem is, after I unscrew the 4 or 5 screws.. what should I expect? Which way do they move, do they pull off? does someone have a description of there are certain clips under there? If it just requires some wrestling with it, but overall it should be fine, the heck I'll do it. Until then, I'm just considdering going to the dealership and having them replaced by teh dealer for about $90 Canadian each, installed.

They say they're going to epoxy, or eurothane them on??

**** man, im not sure, from clips to glue?
 

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Installation of C-pillar

Once you unscrew the 4. You should take a couple screws out of the top rail near the c-pillar so you have the ability to wiggle the top corner without having to worry about wedging in the corner. The C-pillars have 3 clips that slide under the glass area. The reason for undoing the top rail, is cause it was hard to position properly. The top clip would not seat right until I realized this.

Then you tap -DOWNWARDS- directly away towards the door from the glass or pull gently, just enough to loosen the clips..so not to break them... then pull off. So the installation is the reverse order.. Really easy. I have them on there OK, cause i didn't redo the holes. It says that you should fill the holes, and redrill them. Of course my 93 might line up different from yours (weird how that goes)

And i really think it was worth buying new, I don't understand how a dealer would expoy them on...you need the screws in there to keep the clips under the glass and what happens if your holes don't match up would the glue hold it. Just a thought
 

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I finally got it right. I got one piece repainted that looks perfect and I know I can replicate it now. I got Plasti-kote primer and gloss black, it makes this really cool textured look that I think looks awesome, its not the way a new one would look so dont expect that, but I think it looks pretty cool. Maybe when I get the rest of the car done Ill post some pics and instructions if that is helpful to anyone?
 

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jwoair23 said:
I finally got it right. I got one piece repainted that looks perfect and I know I can replicate it now. I got Plasti-kote primer and gloss black, it makes this really cool textured look that I think looks awesome, its not the way a new one would look so dont expect that, but I think it looks pretty cool. Maybe when I get the rest of the car done Ill post some pics and instructions if that is helpful to anyone?
Hey, that's sounds great that you got the results you wanted! I would suggest that you give those baby's a clear top coat as well, that way you'll never have a problem with oxidation, plus you'll really get a gloss from it just like the rest of your car! Beware, use a "clear top coat" and not "crystal clear". For instance, Dupli-Color (http://www.duplicolor.com) sells a "crystal clear" p/n=DA1962, as well as a "clear top coat" p/n=DS125. Use the DS125. I've used it, and it works GREAT!
 

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Well let me tell you what I plan on doing with my C-pillars. I took them off of course so that I could paint underneath where they were, not to mention my C-pillars look like ****. Probably because of the damn sun here too.

But I am going to just wet sand them and then just shoot clear over them. They each have one crack at the top of them, and I still might buy new ones if I can find where to get them at, but I think when I shoot some clear over them they will look sweet.
 

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I just washed my car an hour ago, and i was fed up with those c-pillars, so i tried to viciously rub in some Turtle Wax F-2001.....it didn't work. Then i tried Black Magic Tire Wet....to my surprise, it worked. It didn't get them glossy, but they were black and shining. THANKS BLACK MAGIC!!!
 

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Oh yea, you can armor-all them and they will get really shiny and clean looking. You can armor-all , all of the trim and the front black plate that holds the windshield wipers, makes you car look really sweet, but do it before you wax because that armor all get **** all on your car. Or fine a good detail spray to get it off.
 
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