You don't always need to spend money on expensive accessories and makeovers for your vehicle. Adding a bumper trim can be enough to accentuate the front and rear section of the automobile. The lining on the upper or lower part of the bumper can definitely create some flair and change how the front and rear bumper looks. The good thing about trims is that they're fairly easy to install. Buying them is also not as complicated as with other types of accessories. For the most part, you just have to choose the color, finish, and material.
Bumper trim materials
- Steel: This material can withstand heavy blows. It's most resilient to impact and other forms of damage, although a bit heavy.
- Stainless steel: This material is light but still durable. It also has high resistance to rust and corrosion.
- Plastic: This material is light and also resistant to rust and corrosion. However, it's not as tough as the other metal components.
Bumper trim colors and finishes
- Black/textured black
- Gray/textured gray
- Primered (can be painted with any color of choice)
The color/finish can make the car look a bit rugged and sporty or smooth and sleek. Choose a trim that will go well with the style and finish of the vehicle exterior.
Bumper trim features
- Light holes
- License plate mounts
- Hitch openings
Use trims that can accommodate other accessories or any bumper-mounted part. Some trims can be easily attached to the bumper assembly using adhesive.no drilling or any modification required.
How to remove bumper trims
To easily remove the trim, follow these steps:
Step 1: Wash the trim using automotive soap and water mixture. Use a rag for cleaning. Once it has dried completely, you have to put some degreaser on the trim. The degreaser can be removed with a rag and some water. After getting rid of grease and residue, let it dry.
Step 2: Remove clips on the trim, if the vehicle have these. (Note: In some vehicles, clips aren't used.) Undo the screws that secure the trim using a screwdriver. In some vehicles, adhesive is used to seal in the trim instead of screws. If this is the case, remove the adhesive.
Step 3: Pull off the trim using a flathead screwdriver. Be careful when doing so. Don't use excessive force to prevent breakage. When pulling off the trim, start at one end and then work your way through detaching the whole bumper accessory. As you gently pull on the trim with the screwdriver, the other parts to be peeled off can be done by the hand.
Step 4: Clean the space where the trim had been. Remove grease and residue using paper towels and non-corrosive adhesive. Allow this cleaned-up area to dry fully before you put on a new trim or take your car for a spin.
Removing the bumper trim will take just a few minutes of your time. Use the right tools to carefully pull out the trim and avoid causing any damage on the bumper assembly.