Windshield Molding: How to Replace It
To help you restore your windshield molding's pristine condition, here's a step by step guide on windshield molding replacement.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Windshield trim removal tool
- Utility knife
- Glass scraper
- Compatible windshield molding
Step 1: Start removing the trim or molding using a special windshield trim tool. Slide your trim tool under the windshield trim and move it until you find a windshield clip. Gently twist your trim tool to loosen the clip. Work slowly to avoid damaging your windshield when loosening the clips.
Step 2: Your vehicle's windshield might have a couple of windshield clips around it so you'll have to loosen all of them before you can remove your windshield molding. We recommend that you check your car's manual if it has any information regarding the number of clips on your windshield. Otherwise, you have to work by hand and just move your trim tool across the edges of the windshield until you loosen all of the clips.
Step 3: Once you've loosened all of the clips, begin pulling out the molding. You might need to cut a part of the molding so you could get a good grip to pull it out, but once you've tugged it loose, you should be able to take out its entire length from your windshield's frame.
Step 4: If there are bits and pieces of molding stuck on your windshield, you'll need to scrape them off using a glass scraper or with a utility knife. Work slowly to avoid scratching the glass or nicking your vehicle's paint near the windshield.
Step 5: From here, you are ready to install some new windshield molding. Place one end of the new molding where your old one was held in place and push it firmly into the groove.
Step 6: You should then work on pushing the rest of the molding into place all around your windshield. Make sure that you work slowly around the edge, so you would be able to fit in the molding properly. If you work too fast, you might miss a spot and you'll have to work all over again.
Step 7: After you have installed your windshield molding, lock in all the windshield clips back into place.
Step 8: You should try shaking your windshield gently, to see if it moves around or rattles in its place. If you think that it is loose, you should remove the molding and install it again. Otherwise, you are good to go!