Lexus LS430 Door Guard
Troubleshooting Lexus LS430 Door Guard Problems
Some people like it, others don't, but a Lexus LS430 door guard serves an important purpose of protecting the vehicle from dents, nicks, and dings. Here are the common problems you may encounter with your door guard and how to solve them:
Age and constant use will definitely take their toll on your vehicle's door guards. When it's time to replace these components, it's wise to use a heat gun or a hair dryer in softening the adhesive. Once the adhesive has softened, take a fishing line and slide it under the area that has been heated, behind the adhesive. Keep it as close to the vehicle as possible without pressing against the paint. Make sure you pull the fishing line towards the opposite end of the door guard in an up and down motion until you get a secure grip of the door guard. Remove the fishing line and pull the door guard carefully away from the car while constantly applying heat. Note: do not pull the door guard off of the door if the adhesive is still hard. Doing so will damage the clear coat or even peel off the clear coat. Remove the old door guards as carefully as possible so that you don't have to spend on repainting.
Hard-to-remove leftover adhesive
Removing the old door guards may leave you with a clear coat that has patches of dry adhesives. To remove these, you can use any of the three products: an oil-based cleaner, WD-40, or an adhesive remover. Apply any of these products onto the surface with dry adhesive. Using a microfiber cloth, wipe the adhesives off. Repeat the process until all the dry adhesives are completely removed.
Partially detached door guards
You have two options: reattach the door guard or remove and replace the door guard. Either way, the process could not be any simpler. To reattach the door guard, you can either completely peel it to clean the surface where the guard will be reinstalled, or leave the partially detached door guard on and clean the surface with a dry adhesive. To completely remove the door, follow the steps above.