He mentioned in another thread that the black pieces on the bumpers are molded in and not removable. OP is apparently planning on replacing the entire front/rear bumpers.Is the black portion on the bumper not removable? Looks like just the last trim that goes down to the black.
What build up of water are you referring to? Fenders/bumpers without cladding will not accumulate water. Maybe I'm missing your point.looks wise, I prefer the cladding on.
But with the cladding, water will probably hang around much longer, keeping the area moist and more likely start rusting earlier.
Once the Rust starts taking shape, you can put the cladding back on and hide it !
If you look at the parts diagram online on GM Parts dealers it shows the front bumper cover has a separate cladding trim piece. It also shows that the bumper cover has ridges where the cladding goes. The diagrams are drawings not pictures so we can only assume that it could be an easy removal and reveal.Wondering if that last piece on the front wheel wells can be removed as well. If the OP would post how it was done, that would help too...
I'm about to pull the trigger on a black Tour X. I don't care for the cladding either. I like what you've done so far. I wonder if the piece circled in my pic could be removed and look as clean as the wheel wells? If so, I think I could live with removing all of the wheel wells and replacing the rocker trim with just the painted rocker pieces. Not too much $s either. Please keep us updated Hoffmantre.I have the side skirts on the way and I plan on buying the bumper too