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240 OUTER DOOR BLACK VINYL STRIPE KITS


242 Black Vinyl Outer Door for 2-Door (coupe). 4 Pieces.
Volvo 240 side door vinyl stripe kits.
242 Black Vinyl Outer Door for 2-Door (coupe). 4 Pieces.

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244 Black Vinyl Outer Door for 4-Door (sedan/saloon). 6 Pieces.
Volvo 240 side door vinyl stripe kits.
244 Black Vinyl Outer Door for 4-Door (sedan/saloon). 6 Pieces.

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245 Black Vinyl Outer Door for WAGON (estate). 6 Pieces.
Volvo 240 side door vinyl stripe kits.
245 Black Vinyl Outer Door for WAGON (estate). 6 Pieces.

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245 (wagon-estate only) B or C Pillar
Black Vinyl Kits

240 wagons/estates had black vinyl in these positions (except for black cars). 2-door or 4-door models did not use vinyl here.
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10DPB245B: B Piller Vinyl for 245 Wagon/Estate.
or 10DPB245C: C Pillar Vinyl for 246 Wagon/Estate.
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Bulk Black Door Vinyl Available by the FOOT if needed.
 
3 or 4 inch wide material. Any length. Same matte non-glare finish.
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  <<< Above door KIT includes a felt squeegee tool and disposable blade knife.

The above vinyl kit pieces comes in 4 inch width (102 mm) and various lengths, depending on the 240 model.  When placing the vinyl on your car, the best method is to line up the bottom edge of the new vinyl with a masking tape edge placed on the car by you.  Some cars had a 3 inch wide stripe (usually 240 Turbos). Some had a more narrow stripe (240s made after 1985). In the last few years of production, there were 240s with 2 inch wide stripes. The width of your stripe can be set according to your preference using this kit.  I recommend that you follow the directions and guidance below. After the vinyl is in place, then you will be trimming the top areas of the vinyl that meet or tuck under the trim pieces. 
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I N S T A L L A T I O N   G U I D E
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If you own a 240 with old, cracked door vinyl, this page will help with that.  To those of you who thought this black part was painted, NO, it was NEVER painted.
These stripes were always made from matte black vinyl that was installed over the paint either by the factory or by a dealer.
These stripes first appeared on 240 Turbo and GLT models beginning in 1981 (on all colors except for black cars. Black cars did not get door stripes).  Later these stripes appeared on many other 240 sedans/saloons and wagons/estates through the end of the 1993 production.


Planning for Your STRIPE WIDTH
 The width of these stripes varied over the years.
Early cars had wider stripes and later cars had more narrow stripes.
They began in early years (circa 1981) at about 2.5 to almost 3 inches wide. Beginning about 1986 they were often found to be about 2 inches wide or LESS.

So some planning will be important when you decide to install new stripes.
The kits offered here provide stripe vinyl that is WIDER than you will need.
The below instructions will show you how to adjust, install and then TRIM your new stripes in ANY WIDTH you need.
 

WIDTH OPTIONS
<<< These images will help to explain the differences in stripe width.  On any typical 240, the BOTTOM edge of the stripe at front of the front door will usually line up with the gap between the fender and windshield cowl as seen in this photo. 

Most later NARROW stripes have a bottom edge that will usually appear very straight as shown in this photo.
A earlier WIDER stripe bottom edge will curve outward or down as shown in this photo of the curved bottom edge.

Stripe kits offered here by default will have the a CURVED BOTTOM EDGE for the front door and they may be used for stripes up to almost 3 inches wide if needed. If you are planning for a more narrow stripe, you may simply adjust the position or turn the stripe around 180 degrees, using the front left stripe on the front right door, etc. 

If you are planning for a STRAIGHT BOTTOM EDGE, you may also order a set WITHOUT this curved bottom edge. That option may be selected in the order menu.

If you haven't yet removed the old stripes, now is a good time to take measurements of your original ones and take some notes.
<<< Here is the front of the front door on an EXAMPLE 1987 244.  Take note that this car has fairly narrow door stripes.

<<< When measuring from the outer edge of the metal trim strip that holds the rubber window scraper, the width of this stripe near the front mirror is about 1.75 inches.  240 door stripes don't usually get much narrower than this. Again, this photo is of a 1987 244.

<<< Same car. This measurement is at the rear of the front door. The stripe at this location is 2 inches wide.  If a door strip changes in width by about 1/4 inch like this one does, it's not something you will notice when you stand back.  So there's no need to worry about precision in the width.  It will be much more important to make sure the bottom edge stays even or level as this one does while it moves from one door to another.

<<< Here is the front of the back door.  If you're wondering why this measurement is more than 1/4 inch narrower than the front door only a few inches away, it's because the metal scraper trim piece sticks out a bit more.  Yes, that's right.  240s are not always made as precisely as you thought.  The difference here will never be noticed as long as the bottom edge of the stripe is even as it is in this photo.

<<< So by now you should understand that the stripes on a 240 do not have a 100% consistent width.  Here at the rear of the back door the width drops to under 1.5 inches.  Again, the important thing here is an even transition of the bottom edge at the door gaps.

<<< Here is the front of the rear stripe.  The width is slight under 1.5 inches at this point on this 1987 244.

<<< And the width near the back of this 244 stripe has dropped to just over 1.25 inches. 

A stripe that narrows slightly as it moves rearward may not be common, but the point of showing you these measurements is to show that perfect precision isn't that important (since it wasn't important at the factory).  You are free to install your stripes any width you prefer. 

There is one other thing to mention about this image.  As you can see, there is a small gap with a little bit of white paint peeking out near the drip rail.  This would not be noticeable on a darker colored car, but it's something that can be avoided with some planning.  Have a close look behind that drip rail and you'll see where it connects to the body.  This is a small obstacle that you will need to watch for (and trim around), so that this gap can be avoided.



<<< Here's another view of the back on this 1987 244.
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OLD DOOR VINYL REMOVAL
  You may be tempted to try scraping off or sanding off your old door vinyl.  Or you might be tempted to use a heat gun to melt it. These methods are up to you, BUT THEY ARE NOT RECOMMENDED.

<<<
The best recommendation, which works VERY WELL, is to buy a VINYL ERASER WHEEL which will fit on your drill.
A pneumatic drill is shown here, but any drill will work.  Vinyl eraser wheels are easy to find on-line.
Here's one for about $15 from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Remover-Stickers-Minutes-Wheel-toolkit/dp/B00VFACQRE/

Here's a YouTube video on using this eraser wheel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=IJLIvxmB7e4

You can find more videos by searching for "vinyl erasure wheel." 
It is possible to go through TWO of these eraser wheels on a large job like a 245 wagon/estate.

Work slowly and try not to allow too much heat to build up on the paint. 
This erasure wheel will buff the vinyl off and it'll do a much better job that any other method. In fact it will usually remove the vinyl without leaving any damage to the paint underneath.  And if there is still some glue residue on the paint after, you may do some final cleaning with a mild solvent, such as Goo-Gone or some paint polish, rubbing compound or cleaner wax. 
Take your time to clean your paint surface well.
It should be smooth to the touch. If there are any chips, deep scratches or raised bumps in the paint, they will show when the vinyl is put on.  So do everything you can for a smooth surface.
<<< Keep this in mind. This surface pictured here is NOT quite ready yet.
The surface of your paint needs to be VERY SMOOTH to the touch before installing new vinyl. If there are any raised bumps that you can feel or small pieces of old vinyl that can be felt by touch, those bumps will probably show as imperfections after the vinyl is installed. So take your time and get things prepared smooth and clean.


For the front doors, it is recommended to remove the side mirrors before starting. This will give you more room to work and trim vinyl.


On some early 240s the mirrors are small and may not interfere when installing vinyl, but still will likely get in the way of removing the window scraper trim and removing old vinyl. So removing the mirrors is just plain recommended.

Next step is to remove the window rubber scraper molding metal strips. Those simply pry UP and OFF after you release the metal tab that wraps around the door. 

The window scraper trim strip has a metal tab that wraps around the end of the door. On early models built before 1986, this tab hooks around the door on the front AND rear of the front doors.  On front doors for later 240s (built after 1986), there is a tab at the rear only, because the front end of this strip tucks under the mirror on a later model. 

Carefully, use a flat screwdriver to bend these tabs out just a little and away from the door.  It will not take much bending.




  <<< Now place the blade of a flat tool under the metal strip near the rear of the door.  Be careful to avoid damaging your car paint below the tool. You can help avoid damage by placing a piece of cardboard or other material under the tool to protect the door.

More complete instructions for removing or replacing the window scraper trim CAN BE FOUND HERE.



<<< If you have a WAGON/ESTATE, you DO NOT need to remove the fixed trim and rubber seal around this REAR SIDE GLASS.  Removing this fixed glass trim is a difficult task, so it is recommend to leave it in place unless you have experience or will have a professional do this part. 

You may cover that fixed trim with some masking tape to protect it while you're removing your old vinyl.

If you have a 4-door sedan/saloon, you can optionally remove this rear window frame. This is done by drilling out three rivets.  This is optional, but it is recommended because it will give you more room to work on the fender-top areas without interference.  When done, the frame can be reinstalled using rivets (black rivets would be good) or some ordinary screws. 


If you have a 2-door coupe, you can remove this window and frame by first removing the rear screw shown here by the arrow.  That screw is a large Phillips type. If it has never been removed before, it will be tight (Volvo used a thread-lock adhesive).  After this screw is removed, the entire window may be lifted out by pulling it outward a few inches, then toward the rear of the car.  Use both hands and be CAREFUL that you don't drop it!  That would be bad.

Most 240 door stripes are between 2 and 3 inches wide.  When measuring the width of your old stripes, measure from the window scraper metal trim strip to the bottom of the black vinyl stripe. 240 Turbos and other early 240s normally got 2.5 to 3 inch wide stripes. Later cars usually had a more narrow stripe (usually on 240s made after 1985). In the last few years of production, there were 240s with 2 inch wide stripes or sometimes thinner. 





The best recommended installation method is the WET method, however these stripes can be done wet or dry. The wet method involves wetting the paint surface and the back adhesive surface of the vinyl with slightly soapy water. The water/soap solution allows you to slide the vinyl into the precise position and then you will squeeze out any air pockets using a plastic squeegee. This method is very forgiving and will give you nice results. 
Water/Soap Solution: Mix a spray bottle with water and a few drops of dish soap. Something like Dawn works well. Dish soap only.  Do not use dishwasher soap.
  There are a number of YouTube videos showing the installation of vinyl decals using the WET method. One is shown below.
Here's a video showing both the dry and wet method.
This is NOT a Volvo, however the concept for installation will be the same.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS-AVKWGYYY







When your car is ready for the new stripes, you can use some masking tape to mark positions along the door where you want the BOTTOM EDGE of the new stripe to be. I recommend laying down a straight masking tape line and then stand back and evaluate how it looks. This will help keep your new stripes straight and even during installation.

When installing these pieces, install them one door at a time or one piece at a time.  

  <<< This plastic squeegee has felt on one edge.  The felt edge helps prevent scratches on the black vinyl surface when you're smoothing it out.

When you're ready to begin installation, peel the backing off the vinyl stripe and then spray the adhesive side of the stripe with the soapy water solution.  Also spray the car paint surface. 

Lay the vinyl stripe on the car, adhesive side down, and slide it into place.  Then spray the top surface of the stripe (to lubricate the surface) and carefully squeegee or smooth it down while pushing out any trapped water or air pockets,
beginning in the center and moving outward.  If needed, you may still lift sections of the vinyl and re-spray underneath and begin again in case things begin drying before you finish positioning, but once you begin squeezing out the water, the adhesive will begin to get stronger.  The soapy water being sprayed on the top surface of the vinyl is there to lubricate the surface and will help minimize scratches in the vinyl from the squeegee.  If you don't have a felt-lined squeegee, use what you have. You can also wrap a squeegee in a soft cloth to help minimize scratches. Once the vinyl is in position and begins to set, trimming the edges can begin. 


<<< This view is the FRONT of the front door of a later 240 near the A-pillar. The side mirror and the window scraper trim were removed before installation.

Use your water/soap solution to wet things down.

<<< Lay the new vinyl stripe down. The stripe material is initially wider than needed, so it will need to be trimmed AT THE TOP AFTER it has been placed into position. Move or slide the vinyl into it's final position and use your squeegee to squeeze out water, beginning in the center and moving outward. Yes, the door handle is missing on this door in this photo (because this car just got painted), but it does not need to be removed for this installation.

<<< Use your knife to trim the excess vinyl at the top. Trim it in a place that will be hidden under the scraper metal trim, so the scraper trim will then cover the top edge of the vinyl when it's reinstalled.  

<<< In this photo the front end of this stripe has been trimmed so that there is a small amount of vinyl to be folded over the door edge.  Using some heat from a hair dryer can help to draw out water and flatten out the edges of the vinyl in some circumstances if water seems to be still trapped under. Some heat can also help when forming the trimmed end over the door edge.
NOTE:
Be sure to CLEAN the underside of that door edge first.  The vinyl will stick better to a clean surface.



On some installations where the stripe is not very wide, some people prefer to reduce or eliminate this gradual curve up at the front.  This can be done easily by either moving the stripe forward to reduce the curve or you may flip the stripe 180 degrees to eliminate it completely and install it with a straight bottom edge.

<<< The final result can be a beautiful thing!  The stripes on this later 240 sedan/saloon were made to be 2 inches wide.  The width of the stripe may be set to whatever you like.

<<< It may be hard to see in this pic, but here is an image of a wider stripe a with a gradual curve on the FRONT bottom edge of the front door.
This is a 1984 240 with a wider stripe.


<<<  Another EARLY 240.  Here's a pic showing how the rear piece on a 4-door car curves upward and how it lines up with the back edge of the rain gutter trim. 

<<<  Here's a pic showing how the old REAR PIECE on a WAGON/ESTATE model curves upward and how it lines up with the end of the rubber window trim.  Removing the window glass and rubber trim on a wagon/estate is difficult and for most installations this will be done with that glass and rubber seal in place. In these cases after installing this piece you will need to carefully trim the vinyl where it meets the rubber seal as closely as you can.

NOTE:
Be sure to clean this area well before the installation so the vinyl can stick well.


<<< Again a photo from an EARLY 4-door sedan. Here's a view of how the vinyl is wrapped or folded over the edge and trimmed on the rear fender piece behind the rear door. After you install the vinyl, you should trim it to about 1/4 to 3/8 inch below the fender outer surface. 

<<< Here a view of the front end of a 245 WAGON/ESTATE REAR STRIPE near the back of the rear door. The vinyl is wrapped or folded over and trimmed on the rear fender piece behind the rear door. You should trim it to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch below the fender outer surface.

<<< This image applies to any 240 door where the door metal appears like this with an overhang.  The vinyl is trimmed and folded over the edge and under the overhang. Again, it will be important to first clean this underside area well so the vinyl adheres to the surface under there and stays that way. 



INSTALLATION GUIDE
245 (wagon/estate) B and C Pillars
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B-Pillar Vinyl Pieces (1 piece per side)
The below image shows the general shape of the B-pillar pieces (left and right sides respectively).
These pieces will come as two pieces trimmed to the proper width. They will have some extra length, so the top and bottom will need to be trimmed to fit. 
Also note that there is a slight taper on the front edge (edge facing the front of the car). The taper begins at the dashed line shown below and the front edge tapers as it goes up from that dashed line.  The dashed line position shown below should be at the approximate level of the window scrapers or top of the door/bottom of window. You should try a trial fit to test/verify positioning of these before peeling the back and installing. 

The vinyl should be installed as shown below.
Over the years, I have found TWO DIFFERENT original factory installation styles for this B-pillar (and C-Pillar) vinyl. These images show an installation onto a B-pillar that is painted the body color. 



Some OTHER original factory installations have been found as shown below, where the B-pillar (and C-pillar) was painted black first, then the vinyl was added.
Professionals who have done this restoration recommend using Würth brand black trim paint to restore the black painted area.



C-Pillar Vinyl Pieces (2 pieces per side)
The below images show the general shape of the C-pillar pieces (left and right sides respectively). 
The top horizontal pieces will come trimmed as shown with a slight taper along the length. They will have a little extra length, so you will need to trim the ends to the length as you need it. 

The vertical pieces will come as two 4 inch wide pieces and these will also need the top/bottom trimmed to fit during installation. 
Please note that the overwhelming consensus from looking at original cars has been that the top horizontal stripe always overlaps the vertical stripe. If you find something different on an original car, please let me know.
LEFT SIDE

RIGHT SIDE


The C-pillar vinyl should be installed as shown below.
As mentioned above for the B-pillar, TWO DIFFERENT original factory installation styles for this C-pillar vinyl have appeared over the years.
One method below shows how the factory installed the vinyl over body colored pillars.



This second installation style shown below shows a car on which
the factory first painted the pillar area black. 
 

Original C-pillar vinyl was installed at the factory BEFORE the rear side glass and trim was installed, so the vinyl wraps around the pillar and UNDER the rubber seal for that rear side window. 


REMOVING SIDE GLASS

So it appears the "proper" way to replace that vertical black vinyl piece will be to first remove the glass and seal.  There are a couple methods.

One method is done by feeding a piece of piano wire between the seal and body and move it along the perimeter of the window to release the grip of the rubber from the body. Then the seal can be folded from the inside and the glass and seal can be slowly and gently pushed outward. This method puts less force on the glass, so less risk of breaking it. 

Another method is outlined here: https://www.matthewsvolvosite.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=41014
Here's the info: First remove the embedded metal trim molding on the outside if it is fitted to the rubber seal.
Get some 1/4 inch nylon rope and a can of silicone spray lube.
Spray the rubber seal on inside liberally and liberally coat the rope.
Fold one of the top corners of the seal and put the rope in the rubber seal all the way round the window.
Use some 6 inch long pieces of 2 x 2 wood to push the window out at the back vertical edge while pulling the rope to fold over the rubber seal to allow window to go out. Once the back edge seal is outside the metal edge, then go forward along top edge and then down the front edge. You will need a second person before you get too far to be sure the glass doesn't fall out and break.
Use the 2 x 2 to push outward (with not too great force) to ease the rubber seal past the edge. Once the second side is started, the removal usually gets much easier pretty quickly.

Install by setting the seal over the bottom edge with rope already in the seal on the other three sides. Use silicone spray liberally, Lubrication is your friend in this job on removal and installation. Pull the rope inside to get the rubber seal edge to go over the metal edge. Have an assistant on the outside pushing in with a 2 x 2 gently in the area you are working with rope. Get a plastic trim tool, generally referred as a "bone tool."   It is used to pop off moldings and trim but it is great at helping the rubber over metal edge without harming paint or molding like a metal tool might. 

VIDEOS
PART 1:
This video demonstrates techniques for the removal of the Volvo 240 wagon rear side glass
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGHge1Q0NIg

PART 2:
This video demonstrates techniques for the removal of the Volvo 240 wagon rear side glass
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy-D7iUhrVE

PART 3:
This video demonstrates techniques for the re-installation of the Volvo 240 wagon rear side glass
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https://youtu.be/L7nHKUWA8tE


This video demonstrates the removal and installation of a VERY similar window in a
Jeep Cherokee. Same techniques will apply.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBXAIkRCBAs


Another method for the Volvo 240 Wagon is shown in the below VIDEO where a bit more brute force is used from the inside. 

If you do not have experience in removing this sealed side glass, using someone who has actual experience would probably be a good idea.
How to Remove the Rear Cargo / Quarter Panel Window on a Volvo 240.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1KaS4LgMII

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