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Hi there, and welcome.

I'm not sure about the side mouldings, but ones in the bumper will have small plastic lugs along the edges. The best way to remove them is to use a large flat-headed screwdriver and gently prise an end away (try not to damage the surrounding paint in the process).

In order to paint the trim, you have 2 choices - keep the textured finish, or smooth it off.

Both will look fine once painted, but the finish will be slightly duller if the surface is textured - it really depends what you want.

Preparation is the best advice I can offer. The surfaces must be clean & dry. 3 coats of primer, three of basecoat, followed by 3 coats (very light, progressing to heavy) of lacquer (using heat on the last coat). Allow sufficient time to dry before refitting.

I would allow half a day (from start to finish) if this is your first time doing this, and paint indoors, with plenty of ventilation.

Best of luck, and any further questions - just fire away.


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