If you want to jazz up your ride's interior but you don't have a big budget or extra time on your hands, then a dash trim kit is a good investment. This budget-friendly kit allows you to easily change your car's dashboard without having to spend hours in the garage drilling holes or installing various components. As a matter of fact, you don't have to get your hands greasy when installing a dash trim. Plus, depending on the kind of look you want for your car's interior, you have several options to choose from: carbon fiber, molded, and wood trims. You can even go for a customized trim design if you want a more personal touch. Now once you've chosen a design or pattern, all you have to figure out is how to install the kit. Here's how:
- Alcohol wipes or microfiber cloth and alcohol
- Paint brush
- Masking tape
Step 1: Clean the surface of your dashboard.
Using alcohol wipes or a microfiber cloth dipped in alcohol, thoroughly clean the surface of your vehicle's dashboard. In order for the dash trim strips to adhere properly, the surface should be free from dust, grime, or lint. You'll know the dash is clean if a strip of masking tape easily sticks onto the surface.
Step 2: Test fit each trim strip.
Before you permanently install each trim piece, make sure it perfectly matches your dashboard specs. Place each trim strip in place and check for mismatched pieces. The trim should snugly fit over every nook and cranny of your dashboard.
Step 3: Cover the surfaces with adhesion promoter.
Many trim kits today already include an adhesion promoter. This product preps up the surface to make sure the trim strips will securely and properly adhere onto the dash panel. Apply this primer with a paint brush, making sure that you only apply on surfaces that will be covered by the trim.
Step 4: Attach the trim
Carefully remove the backing from the trim's adhesive side. Then place each piece in position. For bigger pieces, a good technique is to peel off half of the backing then stick it in place. Continue to remove the rest of the adhesive backing while pressing the remaining piece in place. To tack each trim in place, press it gently with a finger tip. After attaching every piece, press each trim in place, focusing on corners and curved pieces.
Step 5: Clean the new dash trim.
After installing the trim, give it a good wipe with a microfiber cloth to remove smudges, lint, fingerprints, and adhesive residue.
Things to remember:
- Ideally, installation should be done if the temperature outside is 80 degrees and above. If you're planning to install the dash trim during winter, you'll have to warm up the trim pieces first to make them flexible enough for easy installation. Simply use a heat gun or hair dryer to warm trim pieces up.
- The adhesion promoter included in most kits is usually in a tube. To make sure you apply enough of this product, use up all the contents of a tube and spread it out with a brush for a more even application.