I talked to Dan about getting new ones. Part price was one thing, shipping a 10 foot skinny items was off the scale...
I don't know if you'll find raw edges, or paint scratched from the clips being wrenched. I'd think a simple "U" shaped molding could be slapped on them with some weatherstrip glue to hold the molding on for life. Get the black weatherstrip glue as it stays soft.
Are you guys talking about the chrome trim piece that runs up from the front fender along the gutters? If so, this is a GREAT place to conceal a wire running to the roof rack(if you are so equipped). I used it to conceal the power wire to my overhead lights so that I wouldn't have to drill a hole in the roof or run the wire out the rear hatch. Just ran it under the cowl and up the gutter. Just a thought for those of you thinking about removing them.
I took mine off. I think it looks fine, and the finish is nice under there except for a seam about midway back. One hangup is that they do not carry the water as well at the A pillar with the plastic liner gone, so sometimes you get a wet head when it's raining hard.