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

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244 Black Vinyl for 4-Door Sedan. 6 Pieces.

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245 Black Vinyl for Wagon. 6 Pieces.

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Above KIT includes a squeegee tool and disposable blade knife shown at left.

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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<<< 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 on, NO, it was NEVER painted.
These stripes were always made from black vinyl that was installed over the paint either by the factory or by a dealer.
These stripes first appeared on 240 Turbo models beginning in 1981 (on all colors except for black cars. Black cars did not get these door stripes).  Later it also appeared on many other 240 sedans and wagons through the 1993 year production.

The width of these stripes varied over the years.  They began in early years as about 3 inches wide and in later years they were often found to be 2 inches wide
These kits offered here will allow you to install new stripes in any width you need.
See instructions below.

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 NOT recommended.

The best recommendation, which works VERY WELL is to buy a VINYL ERASER WHEEL that will fit on your drill. A pneumatic drill is shown here, but any drill works.  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 this eraser wheel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=IJLIvxmB7e4You can find more by searching for "vinyl erasure wheel."
You can go through TWO of these eraser wheels on a large job like a typical 245.

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, 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 probably show when the vinyl is put on.  So do everything you can for a smooth surface.
<<< Keep this in mind. This surface it NOT ready.
The surface of your paint needs to be VERY SMOOTH to the touch before installing new vinyl. If there are bumps or small pieces of old vinyl that can be felt, they will probably show as imperfections after the vinyl is installed. So take your time and get things prepared well.


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

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. 

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, you DO NOT need to remove the fixed trim around the FIXED REAR GLASS.  Removing this fixed glass trim is a more difficult task, so it is recommend to leave it in place. 

You may cover that trim with some masking tape to protect it while you're removing your old vinyl.
If you have a 4-door sedan, you can remove this rear window frame by drilling out three rivets.  This is optional, but recommended. Removing this trim will allow you to work on the fender-top areas without interference.  When done, it can be reinstalled using rivets (black rivets recommended) or screws. 
If you have a 2-door coupe, you can remove this window and frame by first removing the screw shown here by the arrow.  That screw is a large Phillips type and if it has not 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 toward the rear of the car.  Be CAREFUL that you don't drop it.  That would be bad.

Most door stripes are between 2 and 3 inches wide.  When measuring the width of your stripes, measure from the window scraper metal trim strip to the bottom of the black vinyl stripe. 240 Turbos normally got 3 inch wide stripes. Some cars 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 best and 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 rear vinyl adhesive surface with slightly soapy water. The water/soap solution allows you to slide the vinyl into the precise position and them to squeeze out any air pockets in a very forgiving manor.  Mix a 16 ounce spray bottle with water and 1/4 teaspoon or less 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.

When your car is ready for the new stripes, 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. This will help keep your new stripes straight and even during installation.

When installing a vinyl stripe, install these pieces 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.  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, 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 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 is initially wider than needed, so it will be trimmed 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 under the scraper trim, so the scraper trim will cover the edge of the vinyl when it's reinstalled.  
<<< Here the front end of the 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 trapped. It will 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.

<<< It's hard to see in these pics, but there is a gradual curve upward of the bottom of the front door stripe here at the front.

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 it or by flipping the stripe 180 degrees to eliminate it completely.
<<< The final result can be beautiful!  The stripes this later 240 sedan got were only 2 inches wide.  So the width may be whatever you like.
<<<  Here's a pic showing how the rear piece on a 4-door car curves upward and how it lines up with the gutter trim.  This early 240 Turbo originally got 3 inch wide stripes.
<<<  Here's a pic showing how the rear piece on a WAGON curves upward and how it lines up with the end of the rubber window trim.  After installing this piece you will be carefully trimming the vinyl where it meets the rubber trim as closely as you can.
<<< Again from a 4-door. Here's a view of how the vinyl is folded over and trimmed on the rear fender piece behind the rear door. After you install it, you should trim it to about 1/4 to 3/8 inch below the fender outer surface.  The stripe on this 240 Turbo was 3 inches wide.
<<< Here a view of the front end of a WAGON rear stripe near the back of the rear door. The vinyl is 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 appears like this with a 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.  The stripe on the 240 Turbo in this photo was 3 inches wide.
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