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#1 2005-06-11 15:07:26

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Door sills

Picked up my Aero today, along with a couple of accessories - including the door sills. Any tips on installing them? I saw owl's post in another thread about using contact cement instead of primer - any other advice? Obviously, I want to get these things on right the first time.


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#2 2005-06-12 04:16:38

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Re: Door sills

contact cement is holding strong and no residual install "stains" or indications - I was worried if I used a primer that the primer would "rip" right off of I tugged at the sills...  also, home depot mentioned that the spray primer version would hold/stick better, but I didn't want to risk excess spray on any other part of my car


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#3 2005-06-12 12:18:01

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Re: Door sills

Okay, cool, thanks for the info. What kind of contact cement did you use? I assume you applied it sparingly.


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#4 2005-06-12 12:22:07

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Any pictures of the door sills?  I don't know why but they have some appeal to me for some strange reason.  I'd love to see what they look like installed.

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#5 2005-06-12 18:35:21

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Re: Door sills

Parker1974 wrote:

Okay, cool, thanks for the info. What kind of contact cement did you use? I assume you applied it sparingly.

I'll post pictures of the contact cement brand and door sill installation tonite or tomorrow - I used the cement "generously" - I'm pretty sure you can remove with a little work in the future if you need to...  honestly I think the primer would be harder to undo than the contact cement - plus, primer bottle was $3.24 after tax and primer from $4-10 plus the cement will have other good uses after this application


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#6 2005-06-12 19:21:34

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Re: Door sills

Went ahead and installed the sills today. It was pretty easy. I used contact cement, as owl suggested (DAP brand, purchased from Home Depot). They seem to be on there securely, and I think they look pretty good.

There was a brief period of confusion when I couldn't figure out which side of the car the rear sills went on (each one fits on both sides, the only difference being the orientation of the word 'Saab') - but then I realized one was stamped on the bottom LH, and the other RH. Problem solved.

Actually, I thought the hardest part was removing the blue plastic film. It doesn't come off in one piece. There are several fake 'rivets' in the sills, each with a small circle in the middle about the size of a pencil lead - and getting the plastic out of those circles was a big pain.


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#7 2005-06-12 20:12:05

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Re: Door sills

Parker1974 wrote:

Went ahead and installed the sills today. It was pretty easy. I used contact cement, as owl suggested (DAP brand, purchased from Home Depot). They seem to be on there securely, and I think they look pretty good.

There was a brief period of confusion when I couldn't figure out which side of the car the rear sills went on (each one fits on both sides, the only difference being the orientation of the word 'Saab') - but then I realized one was stamped on the bottom LH, and the other RH. Problem solved.

Actually, I thought the hardest part was removing the blue plastic film. It doesn't come off in one piece. There are several fake 'rivets' in the sills, each with a small circle in the middle about the size of a pencil lead - and getting the plastic out of those circles was a big pain.

Do you have any pics ? I would like to see how it look like


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#8 2005-06-12 21:01:47

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Re: Door sills

here is a link to a bunch of pictures of the before/after for the door sills...  looks great in my opinion

door sill slideshow

http://s89531464.onlinehome.us/athena/www/9-2x/door_sills/images/IMG_1138.JPG

http://s89531464.onlinehome.us/athena/www/9-2x/door_sills/images/IMG_1137.JPG


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#9 2005-06-12 21:03:49

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Re: Door sills

contact cement brand I purchased is also DAP - $2.99 + tax - I used about 1/3 bottle when I generously applied the glue

the door sills probably look best on black, red or blue because of the color contrast...  it would still look good on the silvers but probably not stand out as much


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#10 2005-06-12 22:08:57

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Re: Door sills

owl,

Thanks for the pics!

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#11 2005-06-12 23:40:06

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That look very nice, I think I will consider buying a set smile

Thanks you very much owl for the picture.


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#12 2005-06-13 02:35:45

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Re: Door sills

I posted the exact price in another thread, but I can't remember exactly right now...  I paid about $145+tax (or thereabouts) - list price is $189 I believe for the door sills from saab


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#13 2005-06-13 11:07:36

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Re: Door sills

I think I paid $143 - I have the paperwork somewhere, I'll take a look.

There's also a trunk sill, which covers the area right at the base of the opening of the hatch. Looks pretty similar. I think the dealer was charging around $50 for that one.


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#14 2005-06-13 19:38:53

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Re: Door sills

The directions actually say to use that glue? Odd.

I would be curious what trunk sill the dealer said was available, dont see that it the catalog.


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#15 2005-06-13 19:52:13

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Re: Door sills

talo wrote:

The directions actually say to use that glue? Odd.

I would be curious what trunk sill the dealer said was available, dont see that it the catalog.

trunk sill is on page 9 of the accessories catalog - p/n 32 009 561 - list $68

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the door sill installation instructions say to use a primer on the plastic before using the double stick tape on the door sills - the primer method I find not as good because usually you will want to sand the plastic first and then apply primer - the primer isn't guaranteed to stick - so I figured the glue/contact cement provides a better bond plus it is technically reversible (use acetone or something similar to remove the glue residue) - I'd bet it's pretty difficult to remove the primer


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#16 2005-06-28 19:33:04

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Re: Door sills

Looks really NICE!  So you just place them right on top of the old one?  Or do you have to cut/remove the old plastic sill?

*edit*

I saw Owl's post about the sills.  Explains it all.banana

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#17 2005-07-09 21:24:40

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Re: Door sills

The sills just stick on top of the existing plastic without modification.  They are actually thin stamped sheet metal, not billet as they appear. I used some paint prep cleaner on the surface of the plastic to remove any mold release, etc. for a good bond, and just stuck them down with the double sided tape which was already on the pieces, per the instructions.  They seem to stick pretty well, so I don't think the plastic primer is absolutely needed.  I'll let you know if they ever get loose...  I can always buy more of the tape and stick them down again if they loosen.


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#18 2005-07-10 23:15:47

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Re: Door sills

One last question.  Besides using the contact cement, did you also use (or did you take off) the factory double sided stick tape?  TIA. 

I'm tired of looking at the box with the sills still in them. tongue


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#19 2005-07-10 23:22:32

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Re: Door sills

Mars_D wrote:

One last question.  Besides using the contact cement, did you also use (or did you take off) the factory double sided stick tape?  TIA. 

I'm tired of looking at the box with the sills still in them. tongue

I used both the contact cement and the pre-attached tape. They ain't going anywhere.


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#20 2005-07-10 23:30:32

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Thanks!  I'll be applying them soon banana


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#21 2005-07-11 03:31:04

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Re: Door sills

Parker1974 wrote:

Mars_D wrote:

One last question.  Besides using the contact cement, did you also use (or did you take off) the factory double sided stick tape?  TIA. 

I'm tired of looking at the box with the sills still in them. tongue

I used both the contact cement and the pre-attached tape. They ain't going anywhere.

ditto - I used both the contact cement and double stick tape (after taking off the red top layer of course) - as the other poster mentioned, the neither the contact cement nor the plastic primer are necessary for adhesion...  but for me I didn't want to worry about it after a couple winters and summers that the double stick tape might dry out - the contact cement will *not* lose its adhesion (well, you could force it loose  wink)


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#22 2005-07-21 15:22:24

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Re: Door sills

These door sills look really nice, but do any of you know what material they are made of?  (Aluminum, stainless steel, etc.) 

How well do they stand up to everyday use?  Do they scratch easily?


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#23 2006-02-23 10:56:45

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Hey, I saw in the accessory catalog that there is a trunk sill plate as well.  Anyone have this?  I'd like to see it installed before I decide, but haven't seen one yet.

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#24 2006-02-23 12:06:16

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#25 2006-02-23 12:06:48

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