Mounting decorative strips with Mini

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Try cramping around the plastic chrome strips those around the fender edges and sills of your early Classic Mini to hear, to assemble, but fail despite frantic attempts? The large bends are easy to make, but then you come to the sharp bend where the strip goes over to the sill. No matter how busy you are, it will not work and 'pats', such a comic just breaks. You need the hair dryer of your loved one and not the paintstripper...! You only need a little bit of heat and ONLY in the 'outside corner' (so the bottom). Keep the strip in place until it has cooled completely. That takes at most one minute. If you heat the strip on both sides, it will go flat and you will never get it (neatly) on the protruding edge of the sheet metal… Also, never put the strip in hot to hot water, because even then it will happen these seriously distort. To do it all right, the so-called seam is wise molding clips pressing the protruding edge in advance. At least at the beginning and end, but also where the 'tight turn' ends and in the middle of the sill. It is also important - after restoration - to keep the excellent edge as thin as possible. Deburring before the cart arrives at the sprayer. At a later stage of the Classic Mini the factory used another type - not chromed - lists. Because of the optimum flexibility, they are easy to handle assemble. But here too, the protruding edge on the body must have a thickness in accordance with factory specifications.

Applying the chrome decorative strips becomes child's play after reading the installation tip!

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