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Old December 15th, 2018, 23:14   #1
Jzallan
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Default Future Passat restoration project

Hi all. Have a 96 Passat that's next up for some restoration. Looking for body Moldings! The roof moldings and door belt moldings are sort of rough looking and I would love to replace them. Any thoughts, links or ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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Old December 16th, 2018, 07:11   #2
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The mouldings you're mentioning are color coordinated, so let us know what color you're looking for, and if your project is a sedan or wagon.

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Old December 16th, 2018, 19:38   #3
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The belt moldings along the window are black and seem to be swelling from rust. I believe they are metal that has a coating over them. The body side moldings are painted the same as the car color. I think Iíll just repaint those when I do the car. I tried the dealership to see if there was any old stock available, but they didnít think there was. I guess I wasnít sure if anyone made aftermarket ones? The roof moldings are just sun damaged. Probably didnít have much for UV protection back then.


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Got it,

I find the ones in junkyards south of the rust belt to be in good shape... But new I don't have a good answer... Sorry
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Old December 21st, 2018, 09:59   #5
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The belt moldings along the window are black and seem to be swelling from rust. I believe they are metal that has a coating over them. The body side moldings are painted the same as the car color. I think Iíll just repaint those when I do the car. I tried the dealership to see if there was any old stock available, but they didnít think there was. I guess I wasnít sure if anyone made aftermarket ones? The roof moldings are just sun damaged. Probably didnít have much for UV protection back then.


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Yes, the belt moldings have a metal core, a very soft metal core and they do rust sometimes if there's a cut or break in the rubber.

Now they are kind of difficult to find and yes, some of them are discontinued but I don't recall which ones. As of last summer there were a couple still available from VW IIRC.

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