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1" to 2" Wide Auto Body Side Molding

Decorative, Protective Trim Molding for all Vehicles

Auto Body Molding Provides Ding and Dent Protection and a Custom look.

Easy Peel-and-Stick installation.

Some Moldings on this page may be Ordered Directly from the Cowles Factory,

Some items may not be stocked and are manufactured to order,

which could mean 7 to 10 Days before they ship.

Beautify and Protect your vehicle from door dents
Universal Black Auto Body Side Protective Trim Molding Strips with Spear Points
Body Molding will Protect your doors from dings and dents
Chrome Auto Body Side Trim Protective Molding Strip with Spear Strips
2" Chrome M99-GT shown installed on truck above
Chrome 2 inch Door Protection auto body side Molding Spear Strips
2" Wide Chrome Body Side Trim Molding with Bullet Ends
M99GT  2" Wide Chrome 2-piece Bullet-end Kit,
Trim-Gard  
16 feet Kit - 2 pieces 8 feet long 
$79.50

Chrome Mylar covered PVC Body Side Molding
2 inches wide by 3/16 inch thick PVC Molding
Both ends are die-cut to bullet shape
GMC-Chevy Style, gray core
Not available in longer lengths
Molding Prices include Free Shipping*
     Side Profile view of 2" Chrome Auto Body Molding Strips    1-3/8 inch Chrome Auto Body Molding Strips 2" Wide  "Custom Chrome" Body Side Trim Molding
Chrome Mylar covered Body Side Molding, Square cut ends
M38-901 - 2" Chrome $3.70 per foot, 20 foot minimum
2 inch wide by 1/8 inch thick Chrome Molding with gray foam core

This foam core molding is somewhat more flexible than the solid PVC molding above,
M38-900 30 feet $109.50
One piece 30 feet long with square cut ends
Also available as M38-901 100 foot reel for $239.00
Moldings Cut to Length from long reels are not returnable
2" Black M38-680 shown installed on truck above
Side view of Black 2 inch Door Protection auto body side Spear Molding  Black 2 inch Door Protection auto body side Spear Molding
2" Wide Black Body Side Trim Molding with Bullet Ends
M38-680  2" Wide, Black 2-pieces With Bullet Ends
Cowles
16 feet Kit - 2 pieces 8 feet long
$74.50

Black PVC Body Side Molding
2 inches wide by 3/16 inch thick Molding
Both ends are Die-Cut to Bullet shape
GMC-Chevy Style, solid black, smooth but not glossy finish
Not available in longer lengths
Side Profile view of 2" Black Auto Body Molding Strips    2 inch Black Euro style Auto Body Molding Strips2 inch Black Euro style Auto Body Molding Strips2 inch Black Euro style Auto Body Molding Strips 2 inch Black European Style Body Side Trim Protective Molding
 2" Black Euro Style, 26 or 34 foot Kit, Square cut ends
M33-121  One piece 26 feet long $94.50

M33-122  One piece 34 feet long $119.50
2" wide by 1/4" thick
Solid black core, semi-gloss finish

Also available M33-120 as 100 foot reel for $325.00
Black and Chrome 1-7/8 inch Body Side Protection Molding Trim
Black and Chrome 1-7/8 inch Body Side Protection Molding Trim
1-7/8 inch Body Side Trim Moulding
Dodge Style Molding
M38-500 - 1-7/8" Black with Chrome Strip Molding
24 feet kit - one piece 24 feet long, square-cut ends
1-7/8 inch wide by 3/8 inch thick PVC
Both ends are square cut

$94.50 Call to order

Molding Prices include Free Shipping*
Chrome 1.5 inch Protective auto body side Molding Strips 1-1/2" Chrome or Black Body Side Trim Molding Kits
Trim-Gard, one piece Kits, Square cut ends
MCMV01-20 1.5" Chrome 20 foot Kit $72.50
MCMV01-50 1.5" Chrome 50 foot Kit $129.50
MCMV02-20 1.5"   Black   20 foot Kit $71.50
MCMV02-50 1.5"   Black   50 foot Kit $119.50
Chrome Mylar covered PVC Body Side Molding
11-1/2 inch wide by 1/4 inch thick PVC Molding,
Not available in longer lengths
Black Half-Round 1-1/2 inch Body Side Protection Molding Trim    Black Half-Round 1-1/2 inch Body Side Protection Molding TrimBlack Half-Round 1-1/2 inch Body Side Protection Molding TrimBlack Half-Round 1-1/2 inch Body Side Protection Molding Trim 1-1/2 inch Black "Dakota Style" Body Side Trim Molding
M38-540  1-1/2" Black  Molding
One piece 20 feet long with square-cut ends
M38-540  1-1/2" Black, 1 piece 20 feet  $69.50
Dodge Dakota Style Black Molding

1-1/2 inch wide by 3/8 inch thick PVC
Not available in longer lengths
     Side Profile view of 1-3/8 inch Chrome Auto Body Molding Strips    1-3/8 inch Chrome Auto Body Molding Strips 1-3/8"   "Custom Chrome" Body Side Trim Molding
M37-065 1-3/8" Chrome $3.25 per foot, 20 foot minimum
M37-060 30 feet $99.50

Chrome Mylar covered PVC Body Side Molding with square cut ends
1-3/8 inch wide by 3/16 inch thick white core Molding
If you want a different length other than 30 Feet,
Call to order, 20 foot minimum
Also available M37-065 as 100 foot reel for $259.00
1-3/8" Chrome Molding Bullet end Molding Spear Strips 1-3/8" Chrome Bullet End Body Side Trim Molding Kit with Bullet Ends
Chrome Mylar covered PVC Body Side Molding
1-3/8 inch wide by 1/4 inch thick gray core Molding
14 feet Kit - 2 pieces 7 feet long, all ends die-cut to bullet shape
M1401DC-14 -- 1-3/8" Chrome 2-piece Kit $74.50
M1401-50--one piece 50 feet long, square ends $124.50
Side Profile view of 1-1/8" Black Auto Body Molding Strips    1-1/8"Blavk "Universal" Auto Body Molding Strips1-1/8"Blavk "Universal" Auto Body Molding Strips1-1/8"Blavk "Universal" Auto Body Molding Strips 1-1/8" Black  Trim Molding with Bullet Ends
24 feet Kit - Two pieces 12 feet long with Die Cut Bullet shape Ends
M33-424  1-1/8" Black, 2 piece kit $69.50
Black PVC Body Side Molding
1-1/8 inch wide by 3/16 inch thick black Molding
Not available in longer lengths
Black and Chrome 1-1/8 inch Bold Line Body Side Protection Molding Trim    Black and Chrome 1-1/8 inch Bold Line Body Side Protection Molding Trim 1-1/8 inch Bold Line Chrome Border Moldings with Spear Points
Each comes as 26 foot kit - 2 pieces 13 feet long, 1/4" thick
Both ends are cut, formed and glued to spear point shape
Colored Center with Chrome Edges Auto Body Molding
Call to order, Colors Below with Chrome Borders
M25-135-01  1-1/8" wide Black  Kit $89.50
 
M25-135-02  1-1/8" wide White Kit $89.50  
M25-135-08  1-1/8" wide Buckskin Kit $89.50      Color 08 Buckskin Molding Trim Strips
M25-135-12  1-1/8" wide Silver (gray) Kit $89.50  Color 12 Silver gray Molding Trim Strips
Not available in longer lengths
1 inch Chrome Auto Body Molding  1-3/8" Chrome Auto Body Molding Strips 1 inch wide "Custom Chrome" Body or Wheel Well Molding
[Thinner & More Flexible than the European Style for Wheel Well Trim]
M37-715 -- 1" Custom Chrome $3.00 per foot, 20 foot minimum
Chrome Mylar covered PVC Body or Wheel Well Molding
M37-314 - 1"  Chrome  30 foot kit $97.50
If you want a different length other than 30 Feet,
Call to order, 20 foot minimum

1" wide by 1/8" thick, with Gray foam core
Also available as M37-715 - 150 foot reel for $259.50
Chrome 1 inch European style Protection Trim Molding Strips 1 inch wide "European Style" Chrome Trim Molding
M33-111--1" Chrome $2.75 per foot, 20 foot minimum
M33-313--1" Chrome 24 foot kit $64.50 
If you want a different length other than 24 Feet,
Call to order, 20 foot minimum
Chrome Mylar PVC Body Molding
[Not recommended for wheel well-it is too stiff]
1" wide by 1/4" thick, black core Square-cut ends only
Also available M33-111 as 100 foot reel for $210.00
Moldings Cut to Length from long reels are not returnable
Black 1 inch European style Protection Trim Molding 1 inch wide "European Style" Black Trim Molding
M33-110 1" Black $2.60 per foot, 20 Foot Minimum
Square-cut ends only
M33-312 1" Black 24 foot piece $59.50
If you want a different length other than 24 Feet,
Call to order, 20 foot minimum
Black PVC Body or Wheel Well Molding
1" wide by 1/4" thick, black core, matte finish Square-cut ends only
Also available M33-110 as 100 foot reel for $185.00
Molding Prices include Free Shipping*
Chrome 1 inch Ford Taurus style Protection Trim Molding Strips   Chrome 1 inch Ford Taurus style Protection Trim Molding StripsChrome 1 inch Ford Taurus style Protection Trim Molding StripsChrome 1 inch Ford Taurus style Protection Trim Molding Strips 1 inch wide "Taurus" Style Chrome & Black Trim Molding
M33-85x  1" Chrome-Black  20 Foot Kit, one piece, Square-cut ends
M33-851 Chrome & Black 20 foot kit $64.50 
M33-850            All Black   20 foot kit $59.50 
Black or Chrome Mylar covered PVC Body Molding
1" wide, black core, Not available in longer lengths
1 inch Chrome Auto Body Side Trim Moulding Spear  Strips

M38-640 (99-GT) 2" Chrome with Bullet Ends
Reflects the image off the box perfectly.
2 inch Chrome Auto Body Side Trim Moulding Spear  Strips
The pictures at left illustrate how our chrome moldings are perfect mirrors and reflect the product boxes they sit on.

Auto moldings by Cowles or Trim-Gard are made of the finest quality materials to provide easy installation and long lasting performance. Moldings are made with virgin PVC cores and 3M acrylic automotive mounting tape.

Chrome Moldings are made with a reflective aluminized polyester film (Mylar) sandwiched between a UV protective coating and a vinyl backing that attaches the film to the translucent gray extruded vinyl core. In most cases, the Mylar film is wrapped around the molding core to the back side so the edge is protected by the 3M tape and not exposed to the elements. Care should be taken to avoid abrading the protective film, which can then allow salt and road chemicals to degrade the reflective properties of the Mylar film.

All mouldings are flexible and easy to work with.

Wider widths come with two strips of 3M peel'n'stick tape, narrower widths come with one strip.

Molding Kits come packaged in lengths convenient for the do-it-yourself installer.

Body side moldings can be used to enhance the appearance of your car or truck as well as function as a protective barrier for those nasty parking lot mishaps.  Side trim molding for trucks, cars, vans, SUV's, RV's, etc.

Easy to install. All of our molding comes with 3M acrylic automotive foam tape attached and ready to peel and stick on. Once applied, 3M peel-and-stick pressure-sensitive self-adhesive backing not is affected by weather or road chemicals. Not available in stores, we offer our trim moldings direct to you! Why pay for expensive dealer installation?

Prevent most minor dings, paint-chips and body blemishes that can happen when someone opens their door and whacks your vehicle. Many vehicles come with decorative side moldings strategically placed at "door-ding height" to help prevent this problem. If your vehicle lacks such protection, you may want to consider installing it yourself. Installing side protective body molding is a fairly simple undertaking, provided that you take the time to apply it carefully and meticulously.

Measure: Be sure to measure the area you want to protect. Note the length of the pre-cut kits, some trucks may need two kits if you want to extend the molding to the box as well as the cab.  If you are installing moldings into slots in bumpers or body side panels, be sure to allow adequate clearance so you do not need to force the molding into place. Order enough so you have a foot or two extra to practice your cuts.

INSTALLATION:
Materials: Body Side Molding kit, Sharp Cutting tool, Rubbing alcohol, Clean white rag, Masking tape, Grease pencil (whose marks will easily rub off). A warm garage or a sunny day makes the whole job a lot easier. Do not use a heat gun, and do not heat by close proximity to a radiant heater. High heat may damage the UV protection layer over the aluminized film (Mylar).

Moldings with 3M tape are best installed at temperatures warmer than 65 degrees. Plastic moldings are more flexible, easier to manipulate and cut when warmer than 70 degrees. Smaller moldings can be easily cut with heavy sharp kitchen shears or tin snips. For larger moldings, more than 1 inch wide or 3/16 thick, a clean straight cut is somewhat more difficult. A clean sharp anvil pruner will make it easier to get a straight cut on all sizes. A carpenter's utility knife with razor blade inserts also works well, but not one with the break-off blades.


The picture at left shows the professional tool used by our installers to cut molding, with 3.75 inch long replaceable razor blade. The Center picture shows  Husky Multi-cut tool available in hardware stores for about $20. The picture at right shows an anvil pruner from a local hardware or garden store, it will do the same job if it is sharp and clean. Read at more on cutters at bottom of page.
Professional Auto Molding Cutting Tool with replaceable bladeProfessional Auto Molding Cutting Tool with replaceable bladeRegular Anvil Pruners used as Molding Cutting Tool

Prepare the vehicle bonding surface by cleaning it thoroughly with regular isopropyl rubbing alcohol and a clean lint-free white cotton rag or clean disposable toweling. Do not use shop rags which may have dirt or oily residues. For more professional results, use 3M brand Prep Solvent 70 or similar products available at many auto stores.

 

THOROUGH CLEANING removes oily or waxy residues so the 3M Peel-and-stick adhesive can bond securely. Avoid using colored cloth rags for this purpose, as dyes in the fabric may leave colored residue behind.

We do not recommend using packaged alcohol towelettes because they may contain antimicrobial agents such as Benzalkonium Chloride, skin lotion, conditioners, or other additives which could leave residues that may prevent proper adhesion of the 3M tape.

If you use packaged towelettes for one cleaning step, you should follow that by another cleaning with clean disposable toweling and alcohol or 3M cleaner. Do not re-use towels from one cleaning step to the next, since they may re-distribute residues you are trying to get rid of.

Some common automotive products, such as silicone-based waxes or surface conditioners such as Armor-All or Tire Shine. may be  more difficult to remove completely. If such products have been applied to the surface any time in the past, it may require 4 or more repeats of cleaning with new clean cloth and alcohol or 3M solvent to completely remove. If you have any doubt of cleanliness of the surface, test with a small piece of masking tape to different area’s that have been cleaned. (Use a new piece of masking tape for each area tested.)

If the masking tape peels off without much resistance, repeat cleaning steps until the masking tape sticks aggressively.

We have found that 3M tape adheres better to painted surfaces than plastic ones. This is due to the inherent smoothness of the paint, where the plastic usually has a fine textured surface that tends to hold onto wax residues and may need more thorough cleaning.

 

If you do not have a ridge or line to follow on the car,
Apply a strip of masking tape to be a guide
to help position the Body Side Moulding to be perfectly straight. You may want to measure up from the ground at each end to get a parallel line. Stick the masking tape at one end, and hold it a few inches away from the car while pulling tape off the roll to the other end, eyeball your line, then stick it down lightly. Step back and look to see the lines are right, change if necessary. It is easy to change the tape at this point. Once the body molding is installed and the glue sets for a few days, it does not come off!

Once the straight line of masking tape is in place to provide a guide, use pieces of masking tape to temporarily "dry-fit" the entire length of body molding in place on the vehicle.

Determine where you'll need to cut the body molding for the doors and seams for a precise and accurate installation. Use pieces of tape or a grease pencil to mark the exact locations on the molding where you'll need to make the cuts. At the door-openings, and where the molding terminates at the edge of wheel-wells, you may need to cut angles to match the vehicle lines. Allow 1/8" minimum gap for door clearance. At the hinge side of the door you may need to bevel the end of the molding so that there is enough clearance when the door is opened.

Once you've marked the locations, carefully cut the molding. The molding is made from a relatively soft plastic. Cutting isn't difficult, but it is easier when the molding is warmer than when it is colder. Always cut chrome moldings with the blade entering the chrome side, cutting down through to the tape side.

Work with one section at a time, peel about a foot of the backing from the adhesive strips and press the molding into place. Then pull on the loose end of the backing and move along the molding, pressing it into place. Do not peel so much of the backing away that thesticky glue surface can contact other dirty surfaces which could then impair its adhesion.

After it is applied to the vehicle surface, rub each section of molding firmly with a soft clean cloth to help ensure that it is seated securely. You may want to come back a few hours later, or the next day, to give it another pressure rub to ensure the best adhesion.

Open and close the doors slowly, watching to ensure that the side molding is not touched or rubbed as the door moves.

Allow the molding adhesive to set up for at least 24 hours before washing your vehicle. Maximum adhesion is reached after 3-5 days in temperatures above 70 degrees, longer if it is cooler.

 

Chrome Moldings are made with a reflective aluminized polyester film (Mylar) sandwiched between a UV protective coating and a vinyl backing that  attaches the film to the translucent gray base vinyl extrusion. In most cases, the Mylar film is then wrapped around the molding to the back side so the edge is protected by the 3M tape and not exposed to the elements. Care should be taken to avoid abrading the protective film, which can then allow salt and road chemicals to degrade the reflective properties of the Mylar film.

3M Automotive Attachment Tape is a .045-inch thick, medium-density white acrylic foam tape with high performance acrylic adhesives on both sides and a red release liner. 3M Automotive Attachment Tape uses automotive OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) approved acrylic foam core and adhesive technology. It is characterized by high peel and shear adhesion, high internal strength, high conformability and excellent plasticizer resistance. Typical applications would include body side moldings, rocker panel trim, claddings, bumper trim and other automotive trim components. Because it requires no drilling into automotive painted surfaces, 3M Automotive Attachment Tape eliminates the concern for rust development associated with the use of mechanical fasteners. The unique stress relaxation properties of the tape's foam core allow it to expand and contract with temperature changes. Stress forces of an application are dissipated throughout the foam core, providing excellent long-term performance. The viscoelastic properties incorporated into these tapes allow it to conform to surface irregularities and gaps, providing a better fit by compensating for some part-to-vehicle mismatch. The use of 3M acrylic foam tapes eliminates the unsightly appearance of bolt, screw or rivet heads associated with mechanical fasteners. Surfaces remain clean and smooth, contributing to styling and aerodynamic design. The use of acrylic foam tape can eliminate steps in the installation process, often requiring fewer parts and less labor time.

Phil, I received the (1/4" Chrome) Molding today. It was exactly what I needed. I appreciate your help with the order. I will add you to my favorite sites. I may want to add molding on the car after it is painted. I will stay in touch. Thanks again for your help!!!!!!!! Mel L, Lagrange Ga

I received the (1/8" Chrome Trim) molding yesterday in good condition and some is on the car already. I am waiting for a dashboard piece to be painted to do the rest. It went on easily and I got exactly the results that I wanted. You have a happy customer. Grant B, Harisburg PA

Phil I purchased the (M38-640 2 inch Chrome side molding) some time ago and today because it was warm I put it on my Canyon. I am surprised how good the truck looks. Thanks for suggesting the chrome molding. Another happy customer. Robert G Millsboro DE

Chrome Auto Trim Moulding installed on 75 Mustang Bumper

Phil:
Here is a picture of my 1975 Mustang, with the 1-3/8" molding installed. It fits the 74-78 Mustang bumpers perfectly, and is the final touch for the car show.
Bobby A, Placerville, CA.

Chevy Colorado with 2 inch Chrome Molding  I got door molding for my Colorado from AutoAmenity. They have any kind you could ever imagine. There are different size sections to click on with about 15 to look at in each section. I got the 2 inch chrome ones, they have 3M tape on it.
  Dave, Johnstown, Pa

Use Anvil-Style Cutters with a sharp Blade
going down onto a Flat Anvil surface,
to make the best clean, straight cuts, 
 as shown in the picture below

Do Not Use By-Pass cutting tools

such as Scissors or Tin Snips,

where two blades pass by each other,
they Will NOT give you a clean straight cut.


Example: 1 inch Chrome Molding as a Tailgate Accent

1 inch Chrome Molding as a Tailgate accent on a Dodge Dakota

Example: 3/4 inch Chrome Molding as Wheel Well Trim Accent

3/4 inch Chrome Molding as Wheel Well Trim

Example: 1/4 inch Chrome Molding as a Front Grill Accent

 Narrow Chrome Molding to accent grill bars