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#46 of 85 03 TL type S exterior window trim
Sep 20, 2007 (12:32 pm)
Anyone ever have problems with the black trim around the windows separating? Hard to describe. It almost looks like a protective plastic covering of some sort is separating from the paint somehow. I'm sure it's due to the weather as it has never been garaged. I'm wondering what it will take to repair as it is looking sad. I have tried to look at some other TL's same age to see if they too exhibit issue but have not seen anything so far. Any comments would be appreciated...First time poster.
#47 of 85 Re: 03 TL type S exterior window trim [nim4ever]
Sep 20, 2007 (1:03 pm)
Post a pic, if you can
#49 of 85 Re: 03 TL type S exterior window trim [nim4ever]
Sep 21, 2007 (12:03 pm)
Ugh... I'm not really sure what I'm looking at from that pic.
I see the narrow black weather strip in the center, but I'm not sure that's what your talking about.
From your description, it sounds more like years of UV abuse, but I'm not sure from that pic, what I'm really looking at.
#50 of 85 Re: 03 TL type S exterior window trim [scottm123]
Sep 21, 2007 (12:17 pm)
Like I said, hard to describe. It is almost like a film that was originally on all the black trim around all the windows that is separating. I could compare it to a screen protector on a LCD screen on a phone or PDA that is showing it's age. Some spots worse than others and in one place it is starting to actually crack. It looks like it could be peeled off but at what cost in terms of appearance. It's only around the trim on the windows and becoming quite unsightly.
#51 of 85 Re: 03 TL type S exterior window trim [nim4ever]
Sep 21, 2007 (12:34 pm)
If it's the rubber trim, try some rubber conditioner (black magic, armor all) Replacing all that rubber seems like it would be $$$. Its not the paint right? If so, that may be covered under warranty.
#52 of 85 Re: 03 TL type S exterior window trim [nim4ever]
Sep 24, 2007 (4:30 am)
Okay Nim... I'm gonna be a real pain in the butt.
I want some more pics....better pics. LOL
Take some from different distances, so I know what I'm looking at and also have the close-up to go by.
If it's what I think it is, no creams, conditioners or waxes are gonna help, but I have to know what I'm seeing first.
#53 of 85 Re: 03 TL type S exterior window trim [scottm123]
Sep 25, 2007 (7:07 am)
I posted 4 new pictures. I actually discovered on the passenger side the material is actually drying out and cracking pretty bad. It is obvious the window pillars/trim is black plastic and not paint and it is drying out from the weather. I hope to stop by the Acura dealer this week and ask about it. The one window is very bad and has already cracked and is peeling. Maybe I will luck out and they have some warranty coverage for it???
Thanks for your interest...
#54 of 85 Re: 03 TL type S exterior window trim [nim4ever]
Sep 25, 2007 (7:26 am)
That appears to be a defect in the paint/surface coating of the black material (which I believe is plastic). I'd be interested to know if that is covered under warranty. Let us know.
#55 of 85 Re: 03 TL type S exterior window trim [nim4ever]
Sep 25, 2007 (7:53 am)
I get it now, much better...
There's nothing you're going to do to get those to look any better.
Those pieces are replaceable and really shouldn't be all that expensive. (Even if you have to hit a junk yard)
I believe they're held on with clips, so they can be removed and replaced.
Let me know what they say!