How can I fix the molding on a car door?

My dad isn’t really great with cars. His Subaru is all banged up and now the molding is hanging off of his driver’s side door. Can you reattach car door molding? If so, how?

Fixing the molding on a car door is actually simpler than it seems. For less than $20, you can pick up adhesive remover and molding tape at your local auto shop.
All you’ll need after that is:
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A plastic putty knife
  • A clean rag
Step 1: Start by saturating the rag in adhesive remover and cleaning the old adhesive off the door. Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area—preferably outside. Scrape the old adhesive away with the putty knife and clean the area with alcohol once all the adhesive is gone. Follow the same process on the backside of the molding.
Step 2: Apply the molding tape by pressing firmly along the length of the trim. If the trim is wide, use two strips. Once the strips are in place, peel the protective film away and expose the sticky surface.
Step 3: Carefully position and apply the molding, starting at one end of the door. Once the molding is in place, push it firmly in place with a rag using back and forth motions.
If your dad’s car is older and things are starting to go wrong more frequently, it might be a good idea for him to get roadside assistance. Jerry offers towing coverage, lockout service, tire change, jumpstarts, key replacement, and more through its roadside assistance membership for under $5 a month.
Chloe Jenkins
Answered on Oct 29, 2021

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