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vehicle / car zone--YOUR HANDYMAN ZONE!
Cars / Trucks /
Molding of the vehicle, such as found on the side
of a vehicle door,
has become loose and is falling apart.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Your vehicle's molding is falling off--in
particular, it may be off
one of the sides of its doors. What do you do? Try to glue the
molding back on with regular glue? No, that won't do.
Caution: When dealing with chemicals, such as
those found in an adhesive remover, make sure you take precautions;
read all adhesive-remover manufacturer instructions.
To do it right the first time, you'll need to
take the following steps:
off the entire molding strip that is loose and otherwise falling
off the surface of the vehicle where the molding is supposed to
be securely and firmly attached; for the door molding, this
concerns the pulling off of the molding on the side of the door.
gloves, apply an adhesive remover for vehicles that may be
purchased at an automotive parts store or online, as may be
applicable per the manufacturer's instructions of the adhesive
remover, on a mildly wet rag/cloth (that's been dipped in a
bucket of water), and then use this rag/cloth to scrub-wash off
the existing adhesive found on the backside of the molding and
then follow with the scrub-wash-off of the adhesive found on the
vehicle surface where the molding is set to be reattached; if
you are working on the molding of one of the doors of the
vehicle, the vehicle surface to be washed off, of course, is the
surface of the door with which the molding makes contact in put
back into its proper place.
On the vehicle
surface where the molding is to be attached, as it previously
was while its adhesion was in good condition, apply a thin strip
of masking tape all along this specific molding-to-be-placed
linear area so as to serve as a guide in the later reattachment
of the actual molding to this vehicle surface. Make sure
that this thin masking-tape guide is as accurately positioned as
possible, without any crookedness; if need be, check to see the
moldings of other doors of the vehicle or any other vehicle
surface similar to the vehicle surface you are working on to get
the molding at hand back into its proper, secure place.
Dry off the
vehicle surface with another rag/cloth as may be necessary.
Grab a hold of
the foam mounting double-sided tape that may be purchased at an
automotive parts store or online, and, without removing any film
wrap to expose its adhesion, cut a length of it to the size of
the molding that is to be reattached to the vehicle.
Then, take the
cut-to-sized foam mounting double-sided tape, again without
removing any film wrap to expose its adhesion, and place it
along the molding-to-be-placed linear area to ensure that it is
not too short nor too long.
cut-to-sized foam mounting double-sided tape determined to be
properly cut, pull the film wrap off of one side of this
double-sided tape and attach this adhesion-exposed side to the
appropriate side of the molding.
Next, pull the
film wrap off of the other side of this double-sided tape
(that's to make contact with the door) and, using the previously
placed thin masking tape strip as a guide, carefully start
reattaching the top portion of the molding (with the
tape-adhesive-side exposed) to the corresponding top of the
linear area of the vehicle surface marked for the molding,
pressing the molding firmly against this vehicle surface, and
continue to gradually place in position and press against this
vehicle surface the rest of the molding until all of it, from
top to bottom, is securely attached to the vehicle (be it the
vehicle door side or otherwise) as it should be.
That's what it takes to keep your vehicle's
moldings in good working order.
Handyman Zone Team