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Removing truck side molding is a simple way to not only "clean" up the look of your truck, but an effective way to remove years off the look of your truck if it is starting to look more and more its age.
This project of removing the body trim molding from this '03 truck also included removing some adhesive pin striping, as well as the small emblem located on the C-pillar area of the truck.
If you look in the picture above, you can see not only the obvious truck body moldings to be removed, but the pin stripe just below the window, as well as the small emblem behind the rear side windows.
Typically, there are 3 specific reasons people choose to have the truck body moldings removed:
The first thing to go was going to be removing the aging pinstriping from this truck that was also adding to its age.
Removing the pinstriping on this particular job proved to be a surprise moment when we discovered that the dealer had simply used white adhesive pinstriping to cover the original painted pinstripe that had begun to wear off.
Rather than simply remove the aging painted pinstripes, they used the band aid approach of cover-up. This meant we were faced with the challenge of removing both painted and decal pinstripes.
Any beginner who had decided to take this project on would have found themselves already running quickly into problems.
There are a few basic rules anyone must consider when attempting to remove rub rails, pinstriping, or badges:
As part of the "cleaning" up process of removing truck side molding and emblems, is the removal of this emblem located on the cab area just behind the side rear windows. The easy part is the removal of the top, rubberized plastic dome of this insignia. What lays behind is he difficult part that can be seen in the picture below.
Underneath the top layers always lays either double sided tape or some form of adhesive; and usually both. It is the process of removing the double sided tape and adhesive residue that proves the most difficult part of the process.
Here we have a picture of the underlying double sided tape found after removing truck side molding. In the case of the Chevy truck side moldings, the double sided tape is rather thick and difficult to remove.
The double sided tape has been changed over the years and is different on later Chevy trucks as opposed to this '03 Chevy truck. What you are seeing above is a combination of white double sided tape, along with years of accumulated dirt that has been trapped against the truck paint and the truck side body molding.
Here we see the a wear pattern that has been created by dirt and debris that gets underneath the truck side moldings and abrades a perimeter line into the paint. It is this line of abrasions that must be polished away if you are going to deliver professional results.
Here is the completed edition of this Chevy truck:
So if this is your first time considering removing truck side molding, badges, or pinstriping, I hope I have added some additional information you should consider before attempting this project yourself.
And of course you can always shoot me a text and let me know if this is a project you would like a professional like myself to perform for you.
If you are still interested in performing this job yourself and would like to see the exact tools and products I use that can greatly increase your results and hassle, you can see them at removing car emblems.