Easy Steps for Installation of Rocker Panel
The rocker panel adds both visual appeal and safety support to the vehicle. In the past, larger vehicles bend in the middle when a front end collision is encountered. But after the 1940s, the car engineers have put the rocker panels as an additional support to the structure of the vehicle, preventing it from crumpling in collisions. They are found between the wheel wells on both sides of the vehicle. And as they are not located under the carpet or leather lines in the interior but mostly in the external area, they have a shiny, polished look for added aesthetic value. But as time and use wear the part, the rocker panels need to be replaced sooner or later. Here's a simple guide for you to follow in removing the old ones and installing new ones. The whole process takes around 45 minutes.
Required skill level: Novice
Tools and things you'll need:
- New rocker panels
- Rubbing alcohol
- General purpose adhesive cleaner
- Prep solvent
- Rubber roller
- Detailing cloth
Preparing for the installation
If your car came with factory rocker panels, remove them and clean the area. Use the adhesive cleaner to clear out all the remaining adhesives from the old panels. Then use the rubbing alcohol to wipe the areas clear of any lingering dust. Unlike other cleaning agents, the alcohol dries up quickly without the need to wash it off, so it is ideal for this preparation process.
Placing the rocker panels
Lay the rocker panels on the sides of the vehicle and make sure they match the correct sides. Then carefully peel off the plastic backing and go one section at a time. Make sure the panels are perfectly aligned on the area before you stick them, because the adhesives are very powerful.
Once the whole rocker panel is in its place, use the rubber roller and press firmly. This is to attach it firmly and eliminate air pockets so as to prevent the rocker panel from falling off easily.
Other installation tips
When installing the rocker panels, make sure you have your car cooled down and that you are in a cool, shady area. This is because the ideal temperature is 65 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit for best results with the adhesives.