Door Molding Reattached

Technical info on the Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix including do-it-yourself info
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Door Molding Reattached

Post by vibrologist » Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:12 am

The Vibe's passenger side door cladding gets easily dislodged. When you park curbside and a passenger opens the door wide and plops in the seat the end of the door can bite into the grass. This passenger will tug on the door to close it and rip out the rear end of the door cladding in the process. :(

To go from here :( to there :) takes few $$ and about 60 minutes.
  • Get 2 packs of Balkamp 665-2849 fasteners at the NAPA Auto Parts Store. You need 9 but they come in packs of 7. I think this is a well planned coincidence.
  • While there, pick up a roll of 3M Super Strength Molding Tape.
  • Pull the molding completely off the door with your hands. Start at the loose end alternating on the bottom and top edge, working your way to the front.
  • Using combination pliers grab the fasteners that remain in the door. Wiggle and tug to pull them out. They will break in the process.
  • Remove the old molding tape from the door. I put on a mechanic's leather glove and rubbed it off with my thumb.
  • Remove the old tape from the molding. The gloved thumb should work here too. However, I used a chisel. I also rubbed some dust into the gooey stuff so it looses its adhesive power.
  • Wash the door and the molding. Wipe down the surfaces where the molding tape will be placed with rubbing alcohol.
  • Put the fasteners into the slots.
  • Lay down the molding tape and leave the cover film in place. The tape goes on the top edge and at either end. There is no tape at the bottom.
  • Check that the fasteners line up with the holes in the door. Adjust if needed.
  • Remove the cover film from the molding tape, line up the molding with the holes in the door and pop it into place. Go around the perimeter and press the molding to the door to make sure the tape grabs everywhere and all fasteners are seated.
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Re: Door Molding Reattached

Post by vibrologist » Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:17 am

And two more pictures:
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Re: Door Molding Reattached

Post by trb » Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:40 am

Looks good! I need to work on my driver's door as it came loose on the outer corner. And to top it off, my son's car's rear fender piece got scraped to heck somehow, so now I have to work on it too. Thanks for the part # and info.
Thomas
the "Mustang Guy"
1987 5.0 LX Mustang
2016 Mustang GT - current daily
2004 Satellite Vibe &
2009 Red Vibe GT -twin's cars
2003 Neptune Vibe GT - prior daily
2010 Red Vibe GT - RIP 6/16/14
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Re: Door Molding Reattached

Post by KingKrab65 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:51 am

I just did this door molding reattachment this weekend as per this article. Excellently written and pictured. The most difficult part of the whole process was tracking down the hardware at NAPA. Since my 2003 car is almost 16 years old, the Balkamp hardware was not as readily available now as it was three years ago. The previous petrified molding tape was a little bit of a bear to remove on the cladding itself but not impossible. And the whole job only cost $33 and about an hour of time.

Thanks again to the Genvibe community for creating the DYI and for making it easy to find.
2003 Base Vibe

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