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The whole door molding installation process can be wrapped up in six quick steps, all of which are laid out below.
Before applying any molding trim, be sure to clean the area. Door molding will stick best on a surface free of dirt, dust, road grime, and wax, so be sure to remove any stubborn spots, including leftover adhesive residue.
Inspect the length of the door molding to be sure they aren’t too short. Just hold them against the door itself to see how they measure up.
Trimming can be done either before installation of while installing on the door. If trimming is done before installation measure twice and cut once. Be sure to leave a 1/8 inch gap from the edge of the door to allow it to close. Trimming can be done with a good pair or scissors or a razor blade. A razor will give you the best finish on the edges.
If you are using a 3m promoter apply this to the installation surface and allow it to sit for 3-4 minutes before installing the molding pieces. Peel off the backing from one door molding piece, and begin sticking it to the door, working from one side to the other. Use your fingers to push down and smooth out the guard as you go.
Repeat on as many doors as necessary.
Admire your own handiwork and resourcefulness in equipping your Honda, Toyota, Lexus, etc. with door molding guards. This might actually be the step that takes the longest. Go ahead. Pat yourself on the back a little longer. You can even add more time to this project by inviting other people to come see what you accomplished. Family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and total strangers passing by are all fair game.