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How to replace them chrome window seals without taking out the window frame on a Audi

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  1. Turkster
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    Turkster Bro.Paul 2.5TDI Quattro Sport

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    Right lads

    them chrome window seals that always seem to go milky after the cheap TFR has eaten away at them over time,

    Today i got into the mode of replacing them, well one of them to start with, Now i had to buy a whole seal unit as we broke the old one taking it off for the painting of the rear door, So a new one was fitted by taking the door card off, the window frame and it was a pain up the bum hole,

    BUT after looking at the taken off bit and wondering how it was all put together i found out that the chrome part just literally clip's on with some great ease,

    here are some photos of the old unit as i predicated on it,

    I will be doing this job to a strip whilst on the car tomorrow and will take and upload more photos of the said action!

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    Peel back the old edge, bends real easy with fingers!
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    Flat nose screwdriver down the 1st bit to get it going,
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    then the rest will just peel off with ease, dont worry about bending it as its being replaced.
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    off she blows!
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    the bare edge of the seal.
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    just clip on the top bit 1st along the whole edge with the new part.
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    press and clip in a uniformed fashion along the edge!
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    and Bingo the new strip is installed!
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    and all back on again!
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    you may want to add this to th e"DIY" section !
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    but do you have to REPLACE them or can you put the old ones back on after painting, as ive been meaning to do mine black for agers
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    Turkster Bro.Paul 2.5TDI Quattro Sport

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    you can put the old ones back on if you wish, BUT they will get a light bend upon taking them off, but you can de-bend them and put them back on,
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    Turkster Bro.Paul 2.5TDI Quattro Sport

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    This may want to be put in the DIY section,

    Right, Today got around to finishing the change over,

    the photos will do all the talking,

    first nip back the edge like so,
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    then poke a slip screw driver down it and get the lip off and peel,
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    take off fully and wipe off any crud thats got in behind it over the years,
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    new one will clip straight on, top lip to be put in place all along the top edge first,
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    then push down along the lower edge so that that part clips back on into place securlly, it will need a nice firm press, id advise using a flat bit of plastic or wood block as to evenly press it into place as you get only one shot at putting them on right as they will bended kink taking one off again, so yer, this is a one hit wonder,
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    Looks a great job, you will have helped all those members sort out there milky chrome trims :applaus:
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    I'll add this to the DIY guides sticky.
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    how much did the new parts cost all in mate
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    if you buy all 4 chrome strips, it comes to about £80 to £90 mate.
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    thats not to bad is that trade ? also did you do the rear window suronds
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    its normal price from the main dealer, Iv not done the rear surrounds yet, I'm under the impression that the glass has to be taken out to be able to do them, Maybe a quick trip to an Glass fitter could assist in that part ? I'm sure we have a screen fitter here on the forum,
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    yes we do i just see him coment on a post some where ;-) i will get a prce for it on trade see if it make s a dent or not
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    to save loads of hassle after xmas think ill just wrap mine, will be cheaper and easier
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    i did look into that idea but felt it was not the right thing to do as i want to keep my B6 as original as it came out the factory and the chrome is a nice touch when all changed over, i am mixing my own waxing compound to protect the chrome from future TFR damage.
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    for them that seek!
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    Can you add chrome trims to normal black ones?
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    I can't see why not, you nave have an issue fitting the rear tiny window edge as they are bonded in.
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    Nice work,

    May have to get you to do mine??

    not too far away lol :idea:
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    Is there a guide to how to get just to this stage?

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    I've heard it's door cards out, then drilling rivets? Or maybe that was the top strip? Either way, to remove the whole lot I'm drilling some holes in my car? :sadlike:

    I'd like to remove all mine and get them painted black to match my roof.
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    I would LOVE to have the chrome strips around the windows on my avant, it looks like a Passat without it, and everyone is taping theirs black! Shame it's such a PITA to swap them over.
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    Looks like some pieces just pull off, but there's still rivets to drill all over the place. Worth it though, my chrome is looking pretty dire.

    Fixing my zx-6r this weekend so once I have a spare set of wheels to get around on I'm free take the car to pieces and not worry about how I'm going to get to work. Then the dismantling can commence!

    Cheers James.
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    i want' NEED mine Black
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    I'll be sure to document my mistakes...errr "findings" when I start taking things apart.
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    just the fact its a ball ache for some thing simple is keep putting me off doing it :(
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    Are the black ones different or are they just what it looks like without the chrome? I have milky chrome ones and would prefer black.
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    +1 i want to have the chrome as well!! :(
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