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Old 09-23-2013, 04:07 PM   #1
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1996 535 Dolphin - Removing facia at slide

Hopefully someone here has a 1996 Dolphin (I think 97 and 98 and possibly 99 may all be the same) and can tell me what's holding the slide fascia in place and the best way to remove it without causing damage. I am going to tackle reupholstering both the fascia as well as the window valances. I've attached a photo
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Not sure if yours is the same but on my 2001 dolphin I removed the slide trim you are looking at from the bedroom slide. It was fastened by wood screws from the back side. On the top they some were under the rubber roofing material and I had to find them by feel. Hard to get to but I did get them off.
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Go to page two and read my post titled "inner slide flange and seal"
I think it answers most of your questions.
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Go to page two and read my post titled "inner slide flange and seal"
I think it answers most of your questions.
Thanks Mike! It helps but I'm confused on one thing, ok more than 1 thing but that's another topic! I see you split the fabric to get to the screws. How did you reattach the fascia after you reupholstered it? Obviously you didn't screw through the fabric. Help me understand! lol

Also is there another suggestion to get to screws without splitting fabric, I was hoping to use it as a template for the new fabric.
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I did not reuse the fabric covered material. I fabricated a new one out of maple. We wanted to get rid of the fabric...
My pieces were "U" shaped to hide the edges.
In addition to the screws set thru from the back side of the flange, I found a bunch of long brads thru the fabric on the inner edges. I suspect they were intended to hold the cover tight to the flange on the inner edge.
They did not use good wood for the base material. If I were you, I would consider destroying the existing stuff and starting with new material. You will spend a lot of time finding and removing those back set screws if you want to save the old stuff.
I also fabricated all new flange pieces. Partly to use better wood but also to get rid of three large gaps that I didn't like in their stuff. I reused the existing Dicor rubber pieces they were covered with, which were in excellent condition.
As far as reattaching the new fabric covered pieces, use a brad gun and go thru the fabric. Or do something with buttons or fancy trim rings to cover mounting screws. You could do something on all three pieces with a wood feature stripe in the center and hid the mounting screws behind it!
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Old 09-26-2013, 04:53 PM   #6
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Lee:
I finally installed my new fascia today. Not fancy, but no fabric!
We just wanted maple to match everything else.
I included a before picture. We think we made and improvement!!!
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