Pimpin' Your Ride: Finding the Perfect Fit Dash Trim Kit for Your Vehicle
For most car enthusiasts, their cars are the extensions of their homes, or possibly, their own bed rooms. With this in mind, it is important for them to customize or personalize their vehicles according to their own styles and preferences. For the car owners with thick and wealthy wallets, they have the option to bring their 4-wheeled buddies to car customizing shops for overall exterior and interior customization. But for those with limited budgets, their ?pimp my ride' dreams can turn into reality through dash trim kits.
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Dash trim kits are commonly used for either vanity or repair. These kits are composed of custom-cut sticker-like parts with two ply adhesive at the back. Each piece fits a portion of your car's dash board. Generally, there are two types of dash trim kits:
- Flat dash kits ? these kits are pre-made for various makes and vehicle models. They are considerably inexpensive and easy to install. If you're lucky, the trim kit will fit your dash perfectly. If not, some adjustments must be made by the car owner. The only downside to this is that sometimes there are no available pre-made dash kits for certain vehicles.
- Molded dash kits ? these kits require measuring the car's dash board first before making or manufacturing the actual pieces in the trim kit. Although they are relatively more expensive than the first type, the car owner is guaranteed to have a perfect fit trim kit for his dash board. This includes the 3-dimensional parts that require wrap-around pieces.
Different styles for different tastes
Whether you prefer the inexpensive flat dash kits or the more expensive modeled dash kits, you are sure to have the dash board design of your choice. With so many colors, designs, patterns, and textures to choose from, you will surely have a great time shopping for your dash trim kit. Here are some of the most common materials and styles of trim kits:
- Aluminum dash kits
- Carbon fiber dash kits
- Chrome dash kits
- Solid color dash kits
- Wood dash kits
Although they are available in different materials, styles, and designs, most dash trim kits are covered with polyurethane to improve its strength and durability.
The bottom line?
As we have mentioned, there are literally hundreds of dash trim kit designs to choose from. All you need to do is find the right one that will fit your style and personality. Another important consideration would be your budget. Some designs or patterns are more expensive than the others. It will all boil down to how much you are willing to spend to achieve the look that you want for your car.
How to Install Your New Dash Trim Kit
We buy new dash trim kits for two reasons?one is to cover up the evidences of wear and tear in our old dash boards, and two is if we are in the mood to personalize our vehicles. Shopping for the perfect trim kit is fun and exciting. Installing the pieces on your car is a different story. Although the process itself is very easy, sticking the pieces in place is tricky. But if you know and follow the right steps, setting up your new dash trim kit is just a piece of cake.
Below are the tools you need and the steps that you have to follow to perfectly install your new dash trim kit.
Difficulty level: Easy
Things you'll need:
- New dash trim kit
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Clean and lint-free cotton rags
- Heating gun or hair dryer
- Adhesive promoter stick
Step 1: Check your dash trim kit if it is complete. Verify if all the pieces are there by dry fitting every part on your car's dash board. This will also help you align the pieces before fully sticking them in place.
Step 2: Pour a considerable amount of isopropyl alcohol on the cotton rag. Use this to clean your vehicle's dash board. Repeat this step several times to make sure that the entire dash board is clean and free from any beverage spillage or Armor All.
Tip: To test if your dash is squeaky clean, cut a piece of masking tape and stick it on the dash' surface. If it sticks easily, your cleaning job is done. If not, repeat the process.
Step 3: Open the adhesive promoter by pressing the black dot on its packaging. Apply a considerable amount of adhesive promoter on the surface of the areas where the dash trim pieces will be placed.
Step 4: Install the dash trim pieces carefully. It is advisable to warm them up using the heating gun or hair dryer. Make sure that the gun is at least five inches away from the pieces. This will make them more flexible, thus promoting quick and easy installation.
Step 5: Peel off the trim pieces from its packaging to expose the adhesive or the sticky layer. Test fit the components before completely putting them in place. Once you're sure, use your fingertips to carefully mount each piece to the dash board part where it should go. Repeat the installation steps until you've covered the entire dash board with all the trim kit pieces.
Step 6: Clean your upgraded dash board using the lint-free cotton rag to remove all the unnecessary marks and residues left by the installation.
And there you have it! In just 6 easy steps, you now have a brand new dash board, which will surely improve your vehicle's overall look. The entire process will only take about an hour to finish depending on how careful you are in putting the pieces in place.