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Audi A3 2006 Melting door B Pillar Trim

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    Hi, my 2006 Audi A3 3 door has an issue I think only on the drivers side where the vinyl keeps melting in direct sun light. I thought it would cure itself after I used a debit card to make it flat again, I have also left it bubbled untill the weather has cooled down and it reverts back to its normal shape. Any idea on exactly how to fix this? If these trims are removed will it reveal fresh colour coded paint?

    Anyone else had this issue?

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    Prob, plastic has now been permanently deformed.
    Best strip it all off, and apply a nice vinyl wrap.
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    Move to Scotland and you won't have that problem !
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    Unfortunately my vinyl skills arent that great, I do know of someone who I can send the trims to re-cover in gloss black vinyl. Or can anyone 100% confirm if the 2011/2012 S3 3 doors have gloss black pillars as standard? I could try and track these down through Audi if they are reasonably priced? Its weird I could leave it like it as when the weather cools down they go back to normal lol but I wont it fixed perma.
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    In that case, nothing lost if you try this.

    Prick the edges of bubbled areas in a few places with a sharp needle, then with your card, try to flatten the bubbles, so to expel any trapped air.
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    Not all 2012 A3/S3 have the gloss B pillars, only the Black Edition or those which have the Optic pack fitted. But I'm sure you can buy them as replacements, failing that there will be some kicking about in the classifieds.
    Or, as said before, how about finding a graphics company near you to wrap these in a gloss or Matt black, body colour, carbon... The list is endless?
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    Genuine Gloss Black ones aren't that pricey too be fair!!

    I'm doing some work with genuine Carbon pillars at the mo and the test ones I ordered via TPS were pretty good value!
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    I have got exactly the same issue, although not as bad yet.
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    Thats a great idea which I will try. but the strange thing is these air bubbles dont always appear in the same place when the sun has hit it, seems like the glue adhesive is still tacky behind the vinyl?

    Thank you for the tip, will be easier to explain when I speak to Audi/TPS.

    Thats good if I can get new genuine ones will have to make a call tomorrow.

    Thanks for the link I spotted these earlier I will have to be in contact if TPS want a lot of money for gloss black OE.

    Please could you let me know how you removed them? I have had a look and the ones on my car have 3 plastic rivets on the side of each trim (hidden behind the door rubber seal) so they look impossible to remove without having to break the rivets? Any help would be great.
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    You need to drill out the rivets and then fit the new pillars with new rivets and a rivet gun
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    You just need to drill them out and replace them with new rivets.

    You will need this : POP RIVET GUN WITH 4 NOZZLES & 60 ASSORTED BLIND RIVETS | eBay

    Gun and the right rivets.
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    Check my link below.
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    Can anyone let me know the part numbers for the genuine gloss items? How much are they roughly?
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    Lads, how do you remove this Bpillar? It appears to only have 2 plastic rivets on my 3door under the door rubber.. but I dont want to break them to get it off really..
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    roughly £45 each -
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    Greedy b******ds, audi parts are going up like crazy. At that price you might as well get the carbon version, much better looking.
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    Hero, thanks mate
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