Clean up interior trim

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  1. Banjo33

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    I have these aluminum trim panels that have some kind of faux wood looking tape on them. The tape is peeling away in a couple of places. Any recommendations/ideas as to how to clean these up or update the look? I’m not against putting something else in their place, but would need recommendations as to how to effectively remove what is still adhering. As you can see from the pic, my interior is all black. Airplane is white with gold/b AB56631C-E5F1-432B-A4EE-85C9A37F2D54.jpeg lack.

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    Are the aluminum panels easily removable?

    If so, what would you like it to look like?

    If'n it were me, I'd remove the panels, take them back to the house, remove the previously mentions faux wood, and adhesive, thoroughly clean, and I believe would give said panels a 'brushed' finish, with a polished surround. Then clean and apply a clear spray coating to keep it just like that!

    But that's just me

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    I’ve not tried to remove them, but I assume there are screw heads behind that “tape” and they’d be easily removed.

    I’m liking your idea, but not sure how to do what you’re suggesting.
     
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    A properly used heat gun should soften the wood tape's adhesive to allow you to slowly pull it backwards and off of the part. Just go slow to make it easy to remove and prevent tearing.

    Then some 3M adhesive cleaner (check collision repair supply sources) will clean the remaining bits of adhesive.

    Scotch Brite pad will do the scuffing for the brushed finish (tape off all areas you don't want brushed finish).

    3-4 coats Rattle can clear coat paint will seal the surface and add depth to the appearance. Wet sand with very high grit sandpaper between applications to make it look even better.
     
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    Sounds great, thanks!
     
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    Other idea...strip off the old stuff, find some vinyl headliner material that matches the side panel. Run a couple rows of stitching around the edge to class it up and make it look like a leather panel, and contact cement it in place of the wood grain.
     
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    Also sounds nice, but I really need to break up all of the black in the c/p.
     
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    Then go with a dove gray insert with black stitching...machined aluminum would look good too. Think the cowl on Spirit of St. Louis.
     
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    A hairdryer works just as good as a heatgun, but doesn't get as hot, and most folks have one somewhere.