The dull, monotonous space between the car door and window area can be accentuated with a pillar trim. Pillar trims are simple design accessories that can easily transform the look of your vehicle into something far more exciting and eye-catching. They can have a smooth, polished look or mirror shine, giving your vehicle an edgier design or custom style.
Shopping for a pillar trim
If you want a different trim finish or if the old ones in your car have already lost their luster and shine, you can peel off the existing trims and put in new ones for a cleaner, smoother look. These can easily hide scratches and dings on your vehicle's pillars and provide another layer of protection to the car exterior. If your vehicle simply doesn't have one, you can always add pillar trims as accents. You'll be surprised how adding these little details can make a difference in the overall design and style of the vehicle.
If you're shopping for a new pillar trim set or a replacement, this short guide should help you out:
Pillar trims can be made of plastic, aluminum, or stainless steel.
- Aluminum trims can resist corrosion pretty well. Another good thing about them is that they're light and tougher than plastic. However, there may be limited options for aluminum trims compared to other materials.
- Stainless steel trims are highly durable. Stainless steel is a low-maintenance material that's typically easy to clean. It's also known for its high resistance to corrosion and high strength. Stainless steel trims can create a clean, polished look.
- Plastic trims can be chrome plated and can have a polished finish. Though not as tough as other materials, high-grade plastic can withstand usual impacts and harsh elements on the road.
Pillar trims can come in a polished, glossy, or diamond brite finish. Choose a color/finish that best matches the overall design of the vehicle for a more seamless look or for your preferred style to achieve the visual upgrade you have in mind.
You can get a single piece of pillar trim for replacement purposes or order a set of 2, 4, 6, or 8. Make sure that the trim you'll buy is for the right location, be it for the passenger or driver side, and for the right pillar, between the windshield and front side window, front and rear door, or rearmost pillar.
Most pillar trims come with automotive grade tape. The panels are pre-cut to match the pillars of a specific vehicle. All you have to do is peel the adhesive and stick the trim to the pillar surface. No trimming or modification is required.
Tips when putting a pillar trim
- Clean the pillar surface before you put on the trim. The surface should be free from dirt and oil so the adhesive will easily stick.
- Before you peel off the adhesive, lay the trim on the pillar surface to see if it fits. Slowly remove the tape as you press the trim in place. Be careful so you won't miss a spot or have edges sticking out of the pillar.