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Auto Body Side Molding Fix

Reattach rubber or vinyl side molding on your car before it comes loose. Auto trim on late model cars is notorious for peeling off—here's how to reattach it before it ends up on the highway.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Body side molding fix

Maybe you're one of those people driving down the road with your rubber or vinyl side molding flapping in the wind. Well, for less than $20, you can fix this problem once and for all before your expensive molding strip ends up in the back of the highway cleanup crew's truck. At the auto parts store, pick up adhesive remover and molding tape. Then all you'll need is denatured alcohol, a plastic putty knife and clean rags.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Rags

You'll also need a plastic putty knife

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Adhesive remover
    • Double-stick molding tape

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November 30, 6:48 PM [GMT -5]

Late model cars? How about newer cars too? I have a 2003 mini cooper, and the trim came loose so I bought 3m trim glue, and today on the highway the trim flew off the car. I looked at the other trim I glued with that expensive garbage, and the cold must have made it start peeling up.

July 28, 3:55 PM [GMT -5]

Will this work for the trim around the windshield? I have a 2000 Ford Contour and the trim from top to bottom on the driver's side is coming loose. I snap it back in, but it doesn't stay. Any suggestions.

September 03, 5:37 PM [GMT -5]

This process worked great for me. I also was able to buy new replacement side molding at this site: http://www.customautotrim.com/products/moldings/body.htm

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