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The whole hood/trunk 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. Hood/Trunk 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 hood molding compared to the installation area.
Trimming can be done either before installation of while installing the molding. If trimming is done before installation measure twice and cut once. 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.
Peel off the backing of the molding molding piece, and begin sticking it to the hood, working from one side to the other. Use your fingers to push down and smooth out the guard as you go.
Admire your own handiwork and resourcefulness in equipping your Honda, Toyota, Lexus, etc. with hood/trunk molding kit. 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.