|Rover 800 820 825 827 Chrome Trim Inserts|
Car: 1999 Rover 800 820 Auto Fastback
Colour: Charcoal Grey / Black
The chrome trim inserts on the Rover 800 door trims and bumpers are something that tend to last and withstand the elements very well. They are not like the real chrome parts found on older classic cars, they are more modern plastic moulded items with a metal insert to provide the chrome effect.
We did have one Rover 800 where the chrome strips looked they had deteriorated really badly, but as we have found on most previous occasions they will clean back up to look almost like new. (Although on that particular Rover 800 it did take a few weeks of rubbing with Autosol and Autoglym to achieve this, especially on the back bumper trim which had been the worst affected area.)
Normally we have found the chrome strips can be restored to their former glory. On this occasion though (just on the 1 piece on the rear offside door), the plastic coating seemed to have opened up / split / become completely worn away along almost its entire length. This was causing dirt to get inside the chrome strip and was not anything that could simply be cleaned up, a replacement would be needed in this case.
After a trip to the nearest scrap yards (luckily a few miles away, we have access to several large scrapyards all located in the same lane, and have usually been able to locate any Rover we needed when required) we managed to find a very good door trim on a gold Rover 800, and a few other little items we purchased that day, and all for a fiver (so we reckon the new chrome strip only cost us a couple of quid!).
The colour of the door trim did not matter to us, as we were just planning to change the insert.
If you are going to do this yourself, then it is better to work on taking apart the replacement one first, that way if you damage it at all, at least the old one is still on your car, where it will have to stay until you can locate another spare.
This chrome effect insert has become damaged and the plastic surface has become broken along almost the entire length. This can not really be seen in this first photo, but a replacement was needed.
Success. A trip to the local scrapyards proved fruitful & although not the correct car colour, we purchased this piece of trim as we can hopefully disassemble it for the chrome strip.
Rather than try and lever the chrome strip out of the piece of door trim, we decided to avoid damaging the chrome strip it would be better to break away the trim from around it, allowing for us to then slice through the adhesive tape on the back.
This was the right way to take it apart, because the adhesive tape was stuck very well indeed.
The adhesive tape will all need to be removed to allow for new double sided tape to be used. This was all completed before attempting to remove the old one off the car, in case we damaged this replacement one.
The front of the trim cleaned up (the front had had a fair bit of green mould on it to begin with).
The rear of the trim cleaned up. (this took a bit of degreaser to do this)
Wondering how we would now remove the old chrome strip from the car, we decided that we would rather break/cut into it, to get it started than removing the trim piece from the car door. But when we inserted the putty knife in behind the chrome strip it was a nice surprise to find that this strip was hardly stuck, and we were able to just slice through the adhesive tape and get the removal easily started.
Once we had started to remove the strip, we pulled it out from one end, then worked on cutting through the adhesive to the opposite end.
The strip was removed although a fair bit of the adhesive tape still remained in place.
After using some degreaser we created the clean surface we needed.
Top: The replacement chrome strip off the scrap vehicle.
Bottom: The old strip off our car, has split along its length and the plastic surface is now beginning to come away. (Looked much worse than these photo's will show, although most people would not even have noticed it whilst it was on the car. It was only a matter of time before it would get much worse and more noticeable though!).
Double sided waterproof adhesive foam trim tape has been applied along the rear of the length of the chrome strip.
The 'new' chrome strip is a vast improvement over the old one, and the car is now back to having a full set of trims in great condition.