Trunk Lid Molding: What You Need to Know
- On the vehicle body, you will find differently sized strips and pieces of molding, which are used to cover the gaps in between panels, protect the crevices or surfaces, and outline certain portions of the vehicle.
- The molding is typically made of plastic, more specifically polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a common material used in building panels and other parts of the vehicle since it is not only highly flexible but also heat-resistant and flame-retardant.
- The trunk lid molding accentuates the rear part of the vehicle, highlighting the emblem, license plate, and the trunk.
- The price of an aftermarket trunk lid molding ranges from around $20 to more than $150, depending on the design, vehicle, features, and brand.
On the vehicle body, you will find differently sized strips and pieces of molding, which are used to cover the gaps in between panels, protect the crevices or surfaces, and outline certain portions of the vehicle. The molding is typically made of plastic, more specifically polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a common material used in building panels and other parts of the vehicle since it is not only highly flexible but also heat-resistant and flame-retardant. The molding is attached to the vehicle using clips and retainers and other kinds of mounting hardware. On some vehicles, the molding is fixed into place using some 3M acrylic foam tape or any automotive-grade adhesive.
On the back end of the vehicle, the molding is found in the center or the upper portion of the trunk lid. This molding comes in textured or smooth black finish or in chrome mirror-like polish. This may also be painted to match the color of the vehicle. The trunk lid molding accentuates the rear, highlighting the emblem, license plate, and the trunk.
Why You Need to Replace the Trunk Lid Molding
Instead of patching up the broken pieces or edges of the trunk lid molding or buffing out the scratches and repainting the surface, it may be easier and more practical to just replace the old and worn molding.
As the vehicle gets older and accumulates more miles on the road, the molding, trim, and panel can be scuffed and pitted. Exposed to the elements such as road debris, the trunk lid molding’s smooth or polished finish can eventually get tarnished and ruined. This will make the back end of the vehicle look worn, unkempt, and shabby, especially since the molding can serve as an accent or a decorative element. The trunk lid molding can get easily dented, shattered, or detached due to bumps or damage from impacts. As part of the vehicle’s repair or restoration, the trunk lid molding can be conveniently replaced to bring back the cleaner, sleeker look of the vehicle.
The molding on the trunk lid is not only used as a design accent for the vehicle’s back end. It also covers gaps or crevices on the trunk lid. Over time, the molding can have cracks, holes, or cuts or may come loose due to chewed-up or missing clips, retainers, and fasteners.
If the molding is attached using tape, the adhesive may lose its bond because of wax, bug remover, and other chemicals. All these will allow dirt, debris, water, mud, and other contaminants into the seals, nooks and crannies, and other parts of the trunk lid. Grease, dirt, and moisture buildup can lead to corrosion and accelerated wear of the trunk lid. By installing a new molding, the trunk lid can be better protected against damage and wear.
For a Higher Resale Value
If you are planning to sell a used automobile or an old vehicle, you have to be sure that it is not only in good running condition but also well-maintained. If the trim, molding, and the vehicle body do not have unsightly scuffs, dings, and chips, this will make the vehicle look clean and polished.
With a well-kept exterior, the vehicle can retain a good resale value. Since the trunk lid is a commonly used part of the vehicle, the trim and molding around it can be more noticeable. That is why the trunk lid molding should be intact or fixed.
How to Find the Right Trunk Lid Molding for Your Vehicle
When shopping for a vehicle panel, trim, or molding, the foremost concern should be fit. You would want the molding to fit into the trunk lid seamlessly and to be fixed into place without coming loose and falling off any minute. Here are some of the things you have to consider to get the right molding for your vehicle’s trunk lid:
So the molding would not have to be cut to size or modified to fit, look for a molding replacement that is made according to the trunk lid’s contours and dimensions. Since the exterior design and features of the vehicle may be refreshed per model year or may vary per body type, you have to include the complete vehicle description or information on your search, including the year, make, model (i.e., 2016 Honda Accord trunk lid molding) as well as the body type and trim level if needed.
On some vehicles, the molding is fastened to the trunk lid using some mounting hardware such as nuts and clips. Depending on how the molding is installed, the mounting hardware may come in different types and may vary in number. Before you buy a piece of molding, check the available holes and slots on the lid and the installation requirements. With the right replacement, you do not have to drill holes, weld, or cut. On other vehicles, the molding is conveniently fixed into place with high-strength double-sided adhesive that can be applied easily so long as the surface is free from dirt, oil, and wax.
Material and finish
High-quality automotive molding resists heat, ultraviolet rays, and weather elements fairly well, which makes it durable. Although this is typically made of thermoplastic, this should not warp or break easily upon impact or when exposed to chemicals. As for the finish, you can choose a trunk lid molding with a smooth or textured finish or with a shiny gloss, depending on how you want to accentuate the vehicle’s rear. The color could be the same as your vehicle’s or could be black or chrome. Some even come in carbon fiber, a sleeker, more updated design. Just note that some of the trunk lid molding may or may not come with emblem provisions.
Benefits of Buying an Aftermarket Trunk Lid Molding
If you order your vehicle molding from the dealership, it will definitely cost you more. The selection is limited as well compared to the wider variety of options provided by aftermarket car parts manufacturers. Aftermarket molding replacements come in more designs and features, which make them a great alternative for DIYers (do-it-yourselfers), car enthusiasts, and practical car owners. They can get good-quality automotive parts at much lower prices.
Price of a Trunk Lid Molding Replacement
The price of aftermarket trunk lid molding ranges from around $20 to more than $150, depending on the design, vehicle, features, and brand.
How to Fix a Damaged Trunk Lid Molding
The trunk lid molding is that strip of plastic paneling mounted on the back of your car, often in middle or upper portion of the trunk lid. It serves as a key accent to the vehicle's rear, making the logo and license plate stand out and highlighting the outline of the trunk itself. However, this also makes the molding jut out by design and thus more prone to scratches, cracks and other forms of damage.
Managed to scratch or scuff your car's trunk lid molding? Follow these steps to get it back into shape.
Difficulty level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Flathead screwdriver
- Epoxy/heavy duty glue
- Primer spray (optional)
- Spray paint (optional)
- Clear coat spray (optional)
Step 1: Open the trunk and locate the fasteners securing the molding on the interior of the trunk lid. The trunk lid molding is usually held in place by a series of plastic retaining clips, metal screws, or a combination of both.
Step 2: Loosen the fasteners one by one. Remove the screws using the appropriate screwdriver type and nudge the plastic retaining clips out by hand. You can also use pliers and screwdriver on the clips if they prove to be difficult, but be careful not to put too much force as they snap easily.
Step 3: Once all of the fasteners have been removed, pop the molding off the trunk lid. It should be easy to remove at this point with the fasteners removed, but if the molding still remains uncooperative use a screwdriver or a thin metal ruler covered in cloth as lever to pry out the molding from the lid.
Step 4: Wash the molding with soap and water. This should remove any dirt, dust, and grease that may obscure any damaged spots that you may have not noticed before.
Step 5: Sand off any scratches with sandpaper. Dip fine grain sandpaper in water and wet-sand the scratched area of the molding in a circular motion. If the grooves are particularly deep, you may need to patch it with a filler agent such as rubbing compound as well.
Step 6: For cracked or broken moldings, patch it up with epoxy or heavy duty glue. Take the pieces of the molding, apply the adhesive on the broken edges, join the pieces together and let it set for a time specified in the bonding agent. Make sure to wipe off any excess glue with a clean cloth.
Step 7: If the paint is also damaged, prep the molding for priming. Wet-sand the molding and let it dry for several minutes before spraying with automotive primer. Coat the molding evenly with at least two coats of primer and let it dry for an hour.
Step 8: With the primer dried, paint the molding with your preferred color and finish. Make sure to let the paint dry for at least an hour before adding another coat. Once the paint has reached your desired look, seal it with a protective clear coat spray.
Step 9: Reattach the molding to the trunk lid. Be sure that all of the fasteners are secured onto the molding and on the trunk lid.