quote Me&MyTiger:

Have a look at the Sunbeam Specialties website catalog under exterior trim. There are drawings/pics of the various clips.

Well, yes, of course I’d looked at that prior to posting, but these sorts of diagrams are generally only helpful to me if I already know what I’m looking at or looking for and as a newbie for this vehicle, I’ve no idea whatsoever. I’m happy to experiment with my car, I’m just surprised if I’m the first one to ever remove the trim. No worries about the paint, it’s awful and needs to be removed in any case. Sounds like it may be OK just to try and pop the trim off with a panel tool or thin putty knife and that the original retention method may be reusable but if not then some aftermarket plastic clips are available to perform the function?