Painted Roof Rails

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Phoenix
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2020 CX5 signature
Painted black, I think would go well with any color car. Super easy mod to remove rails, paint, and re-install. It's almost not even worth the time to instruct -

Remove Rail screw covers - place paper clip in the spring covers
Unscrew
Remove
Maybe sand
Rattle can primer/paint of choice - Can't really go wrong with rustoleum at HD
Perform 1st three steps in reverse order

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I bought a CX 5 roof rail/crossbar package on ebay. Rails are silver, crossbars are black. I'm going to scuff the silver paint with a 3M scuff pad and gel, but would like to remove the rubber gasket that runs the length of the rail bottom before painting them black. It looks like they should pop off just wanted to know if anyone has done this and any correct way to pop them off.

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Phoenix
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2020 CX5 signature
I thnk I tried that but there was something still holding it together so I just masked around it