2008-2013 Cadillac CTS Appearance Mods Discussion, Chromed door handles and Grill Inserts in Cadillac CTS Second Generation Forum - 2008-2013; There has been several threads on both chromed handles and chromed grill inserts. Here are photos of both. Some of ...
There has been several threads on both chromed handles and chromed grill inserts. Here are photos of both. Some of you like black stealthy looks. I like bright chrome looks. I am done with chromes after this. IMG_2121.JPGIMG_2120.JPG
I suggest that you buy Scotch/3M double sided outdoor tape (Extreme Mounting Tape) and put in between the space to maximize adhesion. I put the wedge shaped piece. My guess is that OEM wanted to save the amount of adhesive to put on ... Scotch/3M adhesive is expansive .. and just put the tapes at the very edges 3m adhesive.JPG
Answer to your first question. What one may see when the inserts are removed is urethane foam glued to the handles / grilles. The adhesive on double sided tape is tough designed for outdoor, and delamination occurs at the weakest point, double sided tape adhesive foam. The foam can be removed by strong elbow grease and rag damp with Alcohol. Alcohol WILL NOT damage the paint. Also what make cleaning easier is that the paint is Class A surface (very smooth in automotive terms) in comparison to rough surface. I am not worried.