Can I remove the body cladding/lower trim?

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    So as the title says. I have a 08 Expy, EB, standard length. It has the fairly common two-tone paint job, with the lower section being the plastic body cladding, painted a tan color. I would like the vehicle to be all of one color, as I think it would look better. So, can I just simply remove the plastic and be done, or do I need to get the plastic painted to match the rest of the body?

    Is there holes under the plastic?

    Would like your thoughts. Thanks.
     
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    You can probably have a body shop paint it

    Just unbolt it all so it's done right, there's a bunch of bolts holding it on... looks like either 10mm or 5/16"


    Having examined mine (1-tone white SSV cop model), it seems to have all the same parts, just not painted two-tone
     
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    There are holes so u can't just take off and be done...but that makes it easy to get them painted and still have your truck

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    Are there for sure holes on the 3rd Gens?

    Yeah leaning toward paint. Seems like it wouldn't look "right" without the panels.

    Thanks for input.
     
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    Yes there are holes in the 3rd gens...many have asked thus question over my 6yrs active on this site and ppl have provided pics...how else will the bolts hold them

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    OK. Would you be able to point me to some threads and or pics so I can see what all is involved? I tried a search but didn't find much....
     
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    That's a lot of digging due to this being years ago...I'll see what I can find

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    Holes?

    YES

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    Ill be swapping door cards sometime today or in the next few days if I procrastinate...ill try to remember to snap a pic of a stripped door while Im at it
     

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