MELLOW MOLDINGS – GM Builds Ease and Convenience into Door Molding Kits

| September 1, 2017
 

Repairers face the same tough, detail-intensive chores when it comes to replacing door molding assemblies. First, you have to locate all the parts for the assembly and make sure you scoop up all the necessary pieces. Next, you have to remove the damaged components, prep the repair area, apply the finish and finally reinstall the moldings.

That’s a lot of troublesome steps for what amounts to be a small job.

GM has come to the rescue with assembly kits that arrive with all the little details built right in. For example, Front and Rear Side Door Moldings arrive in service primer for easy preparation. There are no areas where the backing or inner panels interfere with providing a flawless finish coat. In many cases, there’s no need to tape off or block off critical areas for painting. All necessary installation fasteners are included, eliminating ordering problems and helping to reduce costly work stoppages that can occur when techs need to go se arching for these parts.

Installation is simple as well. Check out these removal/installation steps for door moldings on the all-new 2018 GMC Terrain.


Removal/Installation Procedure

Front Side Door Lower Molding Retainer (x16)

  1. 1 Apply two layers of masking tape around the top edge of the front side door lower molding to prevent any paint surface damage.
  2.  Starting at the front top corner using a suitable flat-bladed plastic tool, release the front side door lower molding retainers.
  3. Replace the front side door lower molding retainers as needed.
  4. Using a 50/50 mixture of isopropyl alcohol, clean drinkable water, and a clean towel, remove the leftover adhesive residue from the masking tape. To replace, simply line the W-Clip fasteners to the corresponding holes in the door panel and, starting at one upper corner, work your way around the molding until all fasteners are seated in place.


Removal/Installation Procedure

Rear Side Door Lower Molding Retainer (x 16)

  1. Apply two layers of masking tape around the top edge of the rear side door lower molding to prevent any paint surface damage.
  2. Starting at the front top corner using a suitable flat-bladed plastic tool, release the rear side door lower molding retainers.
  3. Replace the rear side door lower molding retainers as needed.
  4. Using a 50/50 mixture of isopropyl alcohol, clean drinkable water, and a clean towel, remove the leftover adhesive residue from the masking tape.

To replace, simply line the W-Clip fasteners to the corresponding holes in the door panel and, starting at one upper corner, work your way around the molding until all fasteners are seated in place.Minimal effort with maximum results—that’s how you can cut cycle time and help build revenue. GM just provided a critical piece to the repair equation. Contact your Genuine GM Parts dealer for more information.

 


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