Remove Chrome Radio Panel


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Remove Chrome Radio Panel

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PO installed a chrome radio panel (like Show Chrome 52-696). I want it gone, interferes with button function and always seems create a blinding glare when we finally get a ride in the sunshine.
I would like to remove it, but I'm concerned about damage to the textured surface of the actual radio, damage to the printed markings, and possible damage to the radio electronics if I use solvents.
Does anyone have any good ideas or know of a resource I haven't discovered yet?


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Use heat from a heat bun to warm the panel and soften the glue on the two sided tape that is holding it in place. As it is heating up, pry up at one corner and keep pressure on it until it releases.
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DITTOES on heat.
You might find an imprint in the plastic from the adhesive, that's not irreversible.
Heat & prying can warp the cover.
This works, once the heat is applied place wet towel on the backside to stiffen up the plastic then pry while keeping heat going.

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If the double-sided tape is foam tape, I've also successfully used monofilament line slipped underneath to slice through that foam enough to get the piece off, then the remnants of the foam tape can be removed afterwards, like this:



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I was just going to mention the dental floss technique...
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Agreed, both the monofilament line and dental floss are a great way to start at the corners of the panel.
Depending on where the double stick tape is, it may be a little difficult to get the line or floss in the exact position needed.
That is why I would start with a little heat from a good heat gun around the perimeter of the panel while prying slightly with a plastic trim tool.




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Thanks Mike, That was my concern on the floss technique. Anyone know where the tape normally is on this cover? Due to its shape, it is difficult to get a look under it.
I will see what I can do for a heat gun. Would a blow dryer get hot enough to soften this up?
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I would imagine a thin strip of the tape would be around the perimeter. It doesn't look like there is a lot of room anywhere else.

A high output blow dryer may work, it will just take a bit longer to generate enough heat to loosen the grip of the glue on the tape.


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