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Old 03-20-2009, 01:56 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I have had my car for about 3 years now and ever since i bought it, there is one part that is scratched and I dont know what it is. It is on the driver side door. if you are facing it, it will be on the right side of the door. I want to call it the doors "B" pillar but I know that is probably not the name. Does anyone know what I am trying to describe? It is scatched really bad and I just want to replace it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Hmmm....can you post a picture? I have an idea where I believe you are mentioning, but a picture is worth a thousand words and will eliminate any guessing.
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I think you're right in calling it the B pillar, front is A, middle is B, back is C, and I'm not sure if that can be replaces beacuse it is part of the structural frame of the car, possibly some touch up paint done
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If I'm right you are talking about the black pieces on the doors that when you close the door looks like a B pillar. Those do come off ...somehow, it would probably be easier to paint it on the car though.

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if its the black peice on the out side of the door by the rear part of the windows... it does come off but it has a push in retainer at the top, and a bolt screwed in at the bottom... if its another part please take a picture and i can help... i have full schematics at work of all gm parts hehe
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Replacing this part appears to be different on the 2000+ Bonneville than in previous model years.

We are all assuming the part in question is the one I've indicated by the yellow box in the picture below (it is called a door applique). Don't mind the broken out window. Some little puke decided to try and steal some stuff from my car the night before.



This is a somewhat involved process, not terrible if you're familiar with these doors but not a five minute job either.

1. Put the window in the full down position.
2. Remove the interior door panel. This in itself if a bit of work to do correctly (especially reinstallation) if you've never done it before.
3. Remove the molding on the inside of the door that runs across the bottom of the window opening. This is piece the top of the door trim panel clips onto and should be pained flat black.
4. Remove the window weatherstrip ONLY along the edge where the door applique to be replaced is. Start at the bottom and pull it forward towards the front of the car. This will expose three door applique fasteners.
5. Remove the door applique fasteners (3).
6. Detach the rear portion of the black trim that runs across the base of the window openeing on the OUTSIDE of the door. You should not need to completely remove this part. Only enough to provide clearance to slide the applique off the door.
7. Slide the door applique forward and off the door.

Installation is basically the reverse.

When reinstalling the weatherstrip, pinch it together first with your thumb and forefinger where it presses onto the sheet metal flange. This will counteract any effect of the removal process making it fit more snugly in place. Do the same for the channel running across inside of the door across the window opening (again, the part the top of the inside door panel clips onto).
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I have painted those on cars before,,,,,, take your time masking and taping off ,,,,,,prep,,,, prime,,,, paint !!!
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I have painted those on cars before,,,,,, take your time masking and taping off ,,,,,,prep,,,, prime,,,, paint !!!
I would NOT recommend painting this unless you have experience as a professional painter. This is in an extremely conspicuous location and would be very hard to do well. Matching the same gloss with the similar piece on the rear door and the other similarly coated moldings around the windows would be difficult. These parts appear to have a plastic coating on them and it would be far easier for a novice to replace than to prep and paint.

Alternatively, there have been some who have purchased a vinyl material from Flaming Decals Home Page and applied it over the existing parts to fix blemishes.
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Did it on my friends 1995 sse and it looked great for the 2 years he had it !!!!

But I understand what your saying
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Did it on my friends 1995 sse and it looked great for the 2 years he had it !!!!

But I understand what your saying
I know extremely little about the pre-2K Bonneville generation. Do they also have that plastic coating on them? It seems that as soon as the film gets blemished they look terrible. I'm thinking about either replacing or recovering mine since the break-in.
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