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Side Molding

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Are you one of the many vehicle owners who are addicted to making your ride look great? With the lots of vehicle accessories and add-ons available in the market these days, you can now sustain that addiction without having to spend a fortune. Automotive accessories are now offered in many different types and designs to either add a conservative element to your ride or bring a radical change in how your vehicle looks.

If you think it's that time again when your ride needs a little something to look beautiful and more unique, don't think twice in outfitting it with a side molding. Available in rubber, plastic, and chrome materials, this add-on provides the vehicle's side with a more stylish look. And unlike other accessories, this one's way easy to drilling or any modification required.just a simple peel-and-stick type of installation.

Here are the steps in installing side molding for trucks and cars:

What you'll need:

  • Side body molding
  • Double-sided tape
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Bucket
  • Cold water
  • Masking tape
  • Utility knife
  • Rubber hand roller

Preparing the vehicle

Step 1: Park the vehicle in a covered parking area where there are no blowing dust and dirt. This will prevent dirt and debris from building up in the vehicle's surface during installation. It's also wise to make sure that the temperature of the place where the vehicle is parked is between 65 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. This will make the adhesive on the back of the side molding stick well to the vehicle's side panel.

Step 2: Get a soft, non-abrasive cloth and wipe the vehicle's surface to remove dust and loose dirt.

Preparing the cleaning solution

Step 3: In a bucket, mix water and alcohol. The ideal proportion is ½ gallon of 70% solution and ½ gallon of cold water. You can adjust the amount if you think the mixture is too much or too little for the surface area that needs cleaning.

Step 4: Get another soft, non-abrasive cloth and stir the mixture using it. Once the cloth is soaked in the mixture, wring out the excess fluid and use the damp cloth to wipe the mounting surface.

Step 5: Wipe the area dry with a lint-free cloth.

Pre-fitting the side molding

Step 6: The molding from the packaging is usually rolled, so you have to straighten it out first with your hands.

Step 7: Pre-fit the molding on the area where you want it to be installed. Fasten it on both ends using a masking tape so the trim won't fall off.

Step 8: Get your ruler and align the side molding correctly and accurately. Adjust the masking tape and add more tape, if necessary.

Step 9: With a utility knife, carefully cut the molding at door jambs or any spot where you don't want to place it.

Installing the side molding

Step 10: Starting at one end of the molding, remove the masking tape and peel off the liner paper to expose the adhesive. Firmly press the molding onto the vehicle's side body panel as you work your way to the other end of the molding.

Step 11: To make the adhesive adhere well to the surface, run a rubber hand roller over the trim molding.