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Old 01-22-2018, 06:10 PM   #1
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Default Side Door Belt Molding/Trim...Fix vs Replacement

So like a lot of ION owners, the belt molding on my doors has started to warp some. It looks just like the following picture:

I looked up the parts for replacing these, and the minimum is 50 to 60$ each!. Thats expensive for a simple door trim. That would cost over 200$ easy.

So I found a thread here and was wondering if anyone else has simply removed belt molding/trim, cut off the vinyl, spray painted the trim to rubberized coating and then placed it back on their doors.

Seems like a quick and easy fix. 200 bucks seems like a tough ask to get 4 new small parts, when Ive gone to a junk yard in the past and gotten a few bigger Ion parts for that much.


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Old 01-26-2018, 08:15 PM   #2
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Yes I used Plasti dip but it only lasted about 4 years here in the mid west. If you use Plasti dip purchase the Plasti dip U/V protectant and apply a couple coats over the black Plasti dip. I removed all of my belt moulding and took a razor blade and trimmed all the rubber crap off ao all I had was the aluminum and the seal that goes up against the galss. Just put them on a scrap card board box and spray 4 to 5 coats then apply a couple coats of U/V protectant and I will promise it will last twice as long. One can of Plast dip worked for me and no one can tell the difference. Tip handle the thin aluminum belt moldings with care as they are very fragile and bend really easily when taking them off. Do not force them back on or tweak them out of shape.


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