Tips in Buying Door Sill Protectors
As much as possible we want our cars to look shiny and new all the time. So we take extra care in going about in our cars to avoid scraping any part of it or damaging the paint. But sometimes no matter how cautious we are with our movements, we can't possibly control other people's actions when they get inside our cars. Especially kids-they are generally pretty reckless in stepping in and out of the car. So don't wait for your door sills to suffer before you buy those door sill protectors. Here are some things to consider before deciding which protectors to buy.
Types of door sill protector
There is a wide selection of door sill protectors available in the market today. They are made from different materials to suit the preferences of consumers. Here are the most common types that vehicle owners use:
Plastic door sill protectors
There are door sill protectors in the form of a plastic film. This type is very easy to install. You just cut the right size from the roll of plastic film and then stick it on your door sill. Only trouble is the bubbles that might form, so you'd have to smoothen it carefully to achieve that sleek look.
There are also door sill protectors made from molded-in, PVC plastic. Compared to the plastic film door sill protector, this one looks more durable and reliable. Installing it is easy, too. And you won't have worries about bubbles or an uneven finish.
Stainless steel door sill protectors
If you don't have confidence with plastic door sill protectors, you can choose the ones made of stainless steel. These protectors will surely hold up from corrosion, and you can be sure of its durability. Aside from that, it also gives a good-looking finish for your door sills.
Aluminum door sill protectors
These protectors are lighter than the stainless-steel protectors, but they are also resistant to rust. It can give you an assurance that your door sills will be protected for a long time.
Enhancements on your door sill protectors
If you're not just after preventing scuff marks on your door sills and you want to give it some personality, then you might want to purchase illuminated door sill protectors. These protectors give a stylish look on your door sills-generally a sporty effect.
Of course you'd want your door sill protectors to fit your door sills perfectly. There are protectors available that are custom-fit to certain models. Although there are protectors with universal fit, it's still best to go for the ones that have the precise cut for your car.
Replacing Door Sill Protectors
No one wants his car blemished with scratches on any corner. But then we often neglect to concern ourselves with our car's door sills-mindlessly entering and exiting our vehicle, as our shoes scrape the door sill. This action doesn't dawn on us until we notice that our door sills have looked shabby. So to make our sills look neat and scratch free, installing new door sill protectors or replacing worn-out ones will definitely do the trick.
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools that you'll need:
- Heat gun or hair dryer
- General adhesive remover (optional)
- Soap or dishwashing liquid
- Clean towel
- Measuring tape
The following steps are meant for door sill protectors made of plastic film or PVC.
Step 1: Warm the door sill using a heat gun for the adhesive to loosen. Make sure that the heat source is in motion so that the film won't melt.
Step 2: Peel one corner of the film.
Step 3: Remove the film by carefully peeling it towards you. Use a general adhesive remover if there is still any adhesive left on the vehicle.
Step 4: Clean the area where the new door sill protector will be placed.
Step 5: Measure your door sill, and cut an appropriate size of door sill protector.
Step 6: Put the door sill protector in place, and make sure that it is lined up straight. Press gently and then smooth it down with your hand.
- You may spray more soapy water on door sill protectors made of plastic film so you could move the part easily.
- For care and cleaning of your door sill protectors, washing them with mild soap and drying them with a clean cloth will do.