Rocker Panel Trim
Thinking of ways on how to jazz up your ride without busting your funds? Then why not install a rocker panel trim? This aftermarket accessory is designed to add some flash to your vehicle's rocker panels without burning a hole through your pocket. Plus, you don't need to drill holes when attaching this trim. If you want to add some flair to your car's overall look, install one today. Here's how:
- Microfiber cloth
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Painter's tape
- Marker (preferably water-based)
- Long piece of string (preferably as long as your car's length)
Step 1: Clean the rocker panels.
Before you stick on the trims, make sure that the rocker panels are free from dirt, grime, or any contaminants that might prevent the moldings from adhering properly. Put some alcohol on a microfiber cloth and gently wipe the panels with it until the surfaces are thoroughly cleaned. While cleaning, it's a good time to take a closer look and see if the panels are dented or scratched. Fix any major issues first before you attach the rocker panel trim on each side.
Step 2: Align the trims.
Using painter's or masking tape, temporarily attach the trims without removing the adhesive backing. Once you've properly aligned the moldings, use a string to align the back pieces with a piece of string. Stretch this piece of string across the rocker panels. It helps if you have someone who can assist you in leveling the string into a straight line.
Step 3: Mark the positions with a marker.
Use a water-based pen to mark the exact position of each rocker panel trim. Once everything is installed, you can easily wash off the marks with plain water.
Step 4: Attach the rocker panel trim.
Remove the painter's tape. Then remove the adhesive backing from each trim. Following the marks, attach each panel trim, making sure that it's installed in a straight line. Lay each trim in place by pressing on it from top to bottom. Once the panel is in position, rub it with a clean cloth to heat up the adhesive a bit and to firmly attach each trim in place. Repeat steps 1 to 4 on the other side.
Step 5: Remove the protective sheet.
Once you've attached all the trims, remove the protective coating. A tip is to work from one corner and then pull the protective sheet diagonally across each trim piece. Don't forget to wipe the newly installed panels with a cleaner and to wipe off all the pen marks.
Tips to keep in mind
- If you want panel moldings that you can customize, opt for trims that are paint-ready. This way, you can easily paint them with whatever color you choose.
- Be very careful when putting each trim in place once the adhesive backing is removed. Remember that it'll be difficult to pull off the panel molding if you make a mistake.
- Once the trims are installed, keep them in top condition by cleaning them using the right products. A rocker panel trim with a chrome-like shine needs a special cleaner or protectant, while a stainless steel type can be washed with car soap and water.