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I notice the clear coat PEELING on the windshield panels are very common with the 3G.
Is there a way to detach them so I can sand off the rid of the old clear coat, and put on a new clear coat. It straight-up looks like a VERY USED car with the clear coat chipping like that.

I can do it while on the car, but I don't want to cover everything around it and clear coat it..and I don't want the risk of the clear coat being "runny" due to the angle the panels are at.
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I believe those are called appliques or windshield molding trim, not sure exactly but yes there is a way to take them off. I highly recommend using a small but sturdy plastic trim tool. It's kind of a lot of work to get it off and you might break a couple fasteners in the process so your best bet is to mask off the surrounding area and clear coat it while still on the car. You shouldn't have to worry about clear coat being runny if you don't spray too much. That's all on you. I would spray two light coats and two medium coats. Or just follow the directions on the can.
 

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I notice the clear coat PEELING on the windshield panels are very common with the 3G.
Is there a way to detach them so I can sand off the rid of the old clear coat, and put on a new clear coat. It straight-up looks like a VERY USED car with the clear coat chipping like that.

I can do it while on the car, but I don't want to cover everything around it and clear coat it..and I don't want the risk of the clear coat being "runny" due to the angle the panels are at.
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Yeah that's true....It's an 2003 so any plastic I hit under the trim would break easy, and it would be difficult to put back on.
I'll try doing it with the trims on, see how that goes.
I should just sand it, and leave it..but it wouldn't match the top trim which has no peeling or cracking at all.
Thank you brother for your advice!
 

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This is a common problem and has been asked before ..... may I suggest having them done in vinyl wrap... no need for masking
 

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Is there a way to detach them so I can sand off the rid of the old clear coat, and put on a new clear coat. It straight-up looks like a VERY USED car with the clear coat chipping like that.
Remove the plastic a-pillar trim from inside the car. Then remove the two 10mm nuts holding the exterior trim in place.

The piece you want to replace is held on by the two nuts, and by a glue. Sometimes the glue is dried out and has a weak bond, and you can gently pry the exterior trim off. Most of the time though you'll break the trim if you try to pry/pull it free. Dealers don't carry the trim pieces any longer. But you can find them on Ebay pretty regularly for about $100 each.

Others have reported success by using a lightweight wire saw to cut through the glue. You slip the wire between the trim and the actual a-pillar, and saw back and forth. I haven't done this myself, but I expect you'd have to be careful not to scrape up the edge of the trim as you saw back and forth.

Refinishing these trim pieces really transforms the look of the car and is worth the time and money you put into it. Whether you remove, paint in place, or wrap, you'll be very happy not seeing the faded clear coat. As part of the project, I recommend you also remove and paint the plastic wiper cowl at the bottom of the windshield, and the wiper arms.

Post up pics when you're done!
 

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FINALLY got around to doing my pillars.
Left the pillars on the car.
I sanded the clear coat off, painted them black (they are black anyway), and put on clear coat...alittle runny due to the angle of the pillars but much better than before!

Just a note: If you're going to sand a coat off, be careful! I thought the pillars were black plastic, when it's actually white under black paint.

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