The long rubber strips or rubber mouldings attached on the sides of the car and on the edges of the car doors, help in protecting your car from unexpected dents, dings, scratch marks and other damages that usually occur in tight parking lots. These rubber mouldings also help in insulating the car door frame and prevent the water from seeping in through the window edges.
These rubber mouldings that are already present on your car may have either become loose, detached or turned white in some spots because of the harsh sunlight. So in such a situation, rather than relying on your service advisor for repairing the almost torn rubber mouldings, you can fix the issue right at home! Just get a hold of a couple of things and repair the rubber mouldings in no time at all. Here are some easy to do tips on how you can repair or glue back your rubber mouldings on the car.
7 Tips On How To Glue Rubber Mouldings In The Car Door
1. Remove any old rubber mouldings from the car with the help of a knife and discard (if they are in terrible condition). Then using an adhesive remover on a cloth, rub it on any old adhesive from the surface of the car until it becomes soft, then use a putty knife and scrape away the softened old adhesive, keeping in mind not to scrape any car paint.
2. Then using a second rag cloth, wet it with a generous amount of denatured alcohol and rub it over the place where the old adhesive was scraped off, so that it remove any kind of residue (which might have remained after scraping) from that area.
3. If the old rubber mouldings are in a good shape and if you are planning on reusing those same mouldings, then use the adhesive remover on a cloth and wipe it on the edge of the rubber mouldings, so as to remove any old adhesive. This is done so that you can use fresh glue on mouldings with ease.
4. Using a double sided moulding tape, place strips of it on the areas of the car, where the new rubber mouldings will be attached. If necessary place more strips depending on the size of the rubber moulding.
5. Peel off the protective paper from the moulding tape, so that you can attach the rubber moulding to the exposed sticky surface.
6. Measure the area of the car where the rubber mouldings will be attached and mark those exact measurements onto the new mouldings. Then using an anvil pruner, cut through the moulding. Make sure you cut the moulding about 1/8 inch shorter in terms of the length of the car door to prevent any unwanted obstruction when opening the door.
7. After cutting the moulding, carefully position them onto the exposed sticky tape and start pressing hard from one side and work it up to the other end of the moulding, so that it sets firmly onto the tape. Let this sit for three hours, after which you need to press it again firmly so that it is secured well.
These are just some of the tips on how to repair or glue your rubber mouldings without having to spend extra cash in car servicing every once in a year. Follow these easy tips and protect your car for many years to come!