Will black side moldings look ugly on a red Forester

Discussion in 'Subaru Forester' started by chester, Sep 21, 2003.

  1. chester

    chester Guest

    I've just bought a red Forester and would like to
    protect its doors from getting hit by strangers.

    I'm thinking about putting black self-adhesive rubber
    moldings (about 1-inch wide) on the doors, like the
    Style Guard by Cowles Products Inc.


    but I'm wondering how they're going to look since this
    car already has several horizontal lines on the sides.

    If anybody has done this please let me know if you're
    happy with the results.

    Also if it turns out that I don't like the results and
    want to remove the moldings, will I have to worry about
    the paint coming off ?

    chester, Sep 21, 2003
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  2. chester

    BoB Guest

    I've never tried the add-ons. My first and only door ding in my red
    '02 Forester is located just below the rear door handle. Not where
    you'd expect.

    Look around at vehicles that have door moldings. They are still
    dinged up. Don't know how happy you will be with the effectiveness
    or the looks. I'm more concerned about my bumpers that are unprotected.
    There's too much concern for looks instead of protection IMHO.

    BoB, Sep 22, 2003
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  3. The problem with side moldings is that they protect only where they are
    put - but car, trucks, and SUV's are a variety of shapes and sizes - so
    there is no single "best" location to put them. I had them on my last car
    (a corolla) and got more hits above them than on them. It can't hurt to
    try, though. (and don't worry about them pulling off the paint - use a hair
    dryer to warm them up before you start pulling them off, take your time, and
    you won't have any problems with the paint)

    If you want to see what it would look like, find a picture of a red
    forester, and draw a black line where they would go.
    David & Caroline, Sep 22, 2003
  4. chester

    chester Guest

    Are you sure the hair dryer won't hurt the paint ? Since
    the adhesive is behind a very thick rubber I'll probably
    have to heat the car's doors and let the metal transmit
    the heat to the adhesive.
    I have already done this but still can't tell. But I can put
    the moldings on one side of the car using an easily removable
    adhesive first to see how they look.
    chester, Sep 22, 2003
  5. A hair dryer won't damage the paint (it won't get it any hotter than it gets
    sitting out in the sun) - a heat gun, on the other hand, gets much hotter
    and can definitely damage the paint. It's easier to get off than you would
    think - once it gets started, you are just heating the adhesive.

    Once you get it, I would tape it down with clear packing tape and see how it
    looks - if you like it, stick it down - if you don't, just don't apply it.
    David & Caroline, Sep 23, 2003
  6. chester

    Del Guest

    I had red toyota tercel 4wd estate it had a 3 inch wide moulding strip at
    bumper level which looked pretty good and gave some real protection against
    muppets opening doors in car parks.I would find a picture and use a
    graphics program to judge how it will look saves messing about with tape
    Del, Oct 9, 2003
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