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Silicone sealant vs adhesive for trim

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The plastic door "recess" (on the top of the door) on my Elise cracked and needs to be replaced. I chipped the old one out but the adhesive Lotus used to affix it to the door had to be cut away with a knife which was not pretty. I would prefer to secure the new one with silicone sealant. Will this hold it in place securely?
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At least in bathrooms, removing silicone sealant is a pain. after it dries nothing sticks to it and it is difficult to completely remove (which you have to do if you ever want/need to lay down new sealant))
 

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I had good luck with contact cement. It's critical not to get any where you don't want it. To help with that I poured out some on a plastic sheet and let it thicken quite a bit before applying. You also might want to test first with just a tiny amount to make sure it won't melt the trim.
 

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I have the same problem and purchased the door recesses but have not been able to get all the residue off of the old ones, was going to try a heat gun.
 

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I ended up taking most of the old glue off the doors with a box knife and affixed the new door recesses with 3M double sided tape. Worked great.
 
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