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Door Edge Guard Trim installation instructions

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Installation Instructions for Door Edge Guards from Trim Gard

Installing Trim Gard door edge guards is simple and takes little time. Before you start installation make sure you have the following:

  • Anvil type pruning shears or a razor blade.
  • A clean cloth.
  • A non-oily cleaner (Carbon Tetrachloride or Chlorathine New are recommended, however rubbing alcohol will also work in a pinch.
  • A rubber mallet, though a clean cloth and your hand will work as well.

After making sure you have those supplies, be sure the temperature of both your vehicle and the door edge guards is at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius) before installation. This important to make sure the adhesive bead inside the U-shaped channel of the door edge protector adheres to your vehicle properly and the trim piece stays attached.

Begin by cleaning the door edges you will be installing the door edge protector to with a non-oily cleaner and a clean cloth. Be sure to remove all dirt, grime, waxes and anything else along the door edge to ensure it will properly adhere to your door.

Next, measure the length of door edge guard you will need for each door. It is always wise to measure twice before cutting. Not only will it ensure a proper fit for each door; it will also keep you from wasting the door edge molding if you cut too little! When cutting the moldings with your razor blade or shears, make sure the side door edge trim you want the public to see is down.


Now it's time to install the trim on the door edge.

For U-Style molding
, simply put the U-shaped protector along the door edge where you want it and make sure it's placed how you want it. Then press it down. After pressing the door edge guard against the door DO NOT MOVE IT. Moving the molding will affect its ability to adhere to your door edge.

For L-Style molding
peel off the red backing from one door edge guard and begin sticking it to the door edge, working from top to bottom. Use your fingers to push down and smooth out the guard as you go.

Once the door edge molding is placed and pressed against the door of your vehicle, take a blunt object, like a rubber mallet, and gently tap it along the length of the trim piece, especially at both ends. This helps the edge guards stay attached to your door. If you don't have a rubber mallet, use a cloth as a barrier and firmly push the molding against the door edge with your hands.

You're done! Now that is easy installation! Not only is your truck, SUV, van or car's door protected from ugly dents or chips, door edge guards can add a nice custom touch to your vehicle's appearance. Now that your new molding is installed you'll want to be sure not to expose it to temperatures over 200 degree Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius) such as heat guns, etc. For care of your door edge protector molding you may want to clean it with paste wax.

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