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Tips From the Pros
- Fixing Loose Body Trim
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The following information is general in nature. It should not be used as your entire source of information when working on your vehicle. Details on your particular vehicle can be found in your Haynes repair manual.

If you find that a piece of trim is loose, it's worth taking the time to fix it before it falls off. Most trim parts are held on with clips or strong adhesive tape. Don't try to glue it back into position - the repair won't last long, and you may damage the paint.

If the trim panels are secured with adhesive tape, you can buy special trim tape from an auto parts store. In many cases, it's best to completely remove the entire strip of trim and reattach it with new trim tape. Once removed, it will be important to clean away all of the old adhesive using an adhesive remover product (follow directions).

If the trim is attached by clips, gently pry the trim strip away from the body, being careful not to scratch the paint. Replacement clips can be purchased at your local auto parts store or dealer parts department.

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To help line up the trim, apply masking tape along the body as a guide. Stand back and make sure it is straight.

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Cut the adhesive tape as necessary and stick it to the back of the trim strip. On wide trim you’ll have to use two strips of adhesive side-by-side.

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Using the masking tape as your guide, peel away the backing paper a little at a time and press against the body.

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