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Old 04-03-2012, 11:32 PM   #1
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Thinking of adding a strip of molding along my doors

With extreme care to avoid it I got a door ding on my new SS less than 4 days after purchase. Paintless dent guy was able to fix for about $100 which was great but that's not always going to be the case.

I'm thinking about trying to find some type of molding to put along the crease of each door that would be able to absorb the impact of normal careless door dings. Anybody done this yet?

I saw the door shox that are available and I'm thiking of trying them out but I hate to stick magnets onto my car.

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Old 04-04-2012, 01:07 AM   #2
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So you are saying that you are going to put a molding type of absorber alone the horizontal crease of the doors?

Not my car, but damn I don't think that would look good at all.

I had door edge molding on my other camaro along the edge where the door stops right under the handle on the pointy part...but that was to keep me from accidentally dinging other peoples cars.
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:32 AM   #3
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I'm not to keen on the idea of magnets either, unless they are super strong, eventually they will move. Will that damage the paint? I don't know.

Even the best placed protective moulding (on any vehicle) is not 100% protection against door dings. Depends on the shape of the door that hits it. Although most front doors on vehicles are straight up and down, some back doors are not.

So, I think you'd be wasting your money buying anything. You were lucky the "paintless dent" guy could fix it, and I know he's expensive, but hopefully you won't need his services again.

I worry more about paint scratches, the kind that go through the clear coat and down to the primer.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:42 AM   #4
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You should get some mud flaps as well to complement the molding..













J/K. Don't do it..
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:10 AM   #5
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jeremy3721:

If you do it, get these:

http://www.sportwing.com/chevrolet-c...e-molding.aspx

At least they look like they came with it.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:20 AM   #6
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Thanks suplex,

I hate to do it but I have no faith in parking next to another vehicle. Has anyone tried these? http://www.sportwing.com/chevrolet-c...e-molding.aspx

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Old 04-04-2012, 08:55 AM   #7
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No problem jeremy3721,

I figured if you want to get door moldings, they would probably be the right ones.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:14 AM   #8
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Check out these bad boys:

http://www.doorshox.com/
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:19 AM   #9
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Check out these bad boys:

http://www.doorshox.com/
those are ugly as hell

dont park next to people....thats the only solution
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:32 AM   #10
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those are ugly as hell

dont park next to people....thats the only solution
They don't stay on the car, they're just used when parking, who cares what the car looks like in the mall parking lot.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:42 AM   #11
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I saw a pretty low profile door molding once, thinner than what was posted above, but can't remember where it was from. I'll research...
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If paint is dirty and apply the magnets and when removing, i see plenty of scratches coming.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:24 AM   #13
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When I was but a wee lad, my mother put thick, clear plastic covers on all of the furniture. This was to protect it. It looked horrible, was not comfortable in the least, and, did I mention that it looked horrible? But, hey, at least we knew that there was a clean couch under there.

I sort of took that experience in developing my own philosophy: If the protection is worse that the possible damage, then it's a waste of effort. So, I have learned to accept that most things can be cleaned, repaired, or replaced...

Not saying that molding is a bad idea, but just offering a little food for thought. I'd never fault you for installing molding, but keep in mind that it may not look right, and, your doors can STILL get dinged and scratched and bumped and keyed.

Park away from mere mortal "cars," don't piss anybody off, and school your passengers on how to open the damn door... not with a shove of their shoulder while the fire hydrant next the car is the door stop. And please don't get any of the molding from Home Depot's building material section... the half rounds of 3/4" pine are going to look awful, even when painted!
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:26 AM   #14
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Oh, yeah, magnets WILL eventually buff a mark into the paint... between shading them from the same sun/ exposure that the rest of the car gets, the subatomic dust particles caught underneath, and the ever- so- slight movement of magnets, they will leave a "footprint" one way or another, over time.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:23 AM   #15
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Check out these bad boys:

http://www.doorshox.com/
They look like they would physically do a better job of keeping the car protected, I just wish they could be color matched to your car like the link I provided can be.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:31 AM   #16
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They don't stay on the car, they're just used when parking, who cares what the car looks like in the mall parking lot.
They have a "come try me out and see if you can make a dent in this car" look
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:03 PM   #17
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Don't do it. Just park as far away from people as possible. And if you HAVE to park near someone, don't park next to a car you would figure a careless person drives.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:01 PM   #18
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I wonder how much it would cost to fabricate a "plastic door" for the camaro similar to my old Trans Am? At least that part would be less prone to dings.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:56 PM   #19
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I wonder how much it would cost to fabricate a "plastic door" for the camaro similar to my old Trans Am? At least that part would be less prone to dings.
Be careful what you wish for..............another bankruptcy at GM would be the death of another make and model.
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I got my first ding that resulted in a HUGE chip of paint missing after 14 months. It is inevitable. You can't park farther than me but the wife works at a hospital. I bought the Sport Wing things immediately. They look decent and one Helena lot better than dents, dings and effed up touch up paint. I'll send pics. They even had carbon flash for the vert.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:08 AM   #21
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Don't do it. Just park as far away from people as possible. And if you HAVE to park near someone, don't park next to a car you would figure a careless person drives.
If it sits all day you don't know who's coming and going.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:10 PM   #22
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They have a "come try me out and see if you can make a dent in this car" look
This, someone sees door pads like that and someone will go out of their way to whack a 100 pound door against the side of your camaro.
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:50 AM   #23
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Here is what a good product looks like. And more importantly, they are very functional and will prevent any more dings - at least where the strip is.

If you're interested, I got them from Sport Wing in Valley View, OH. Nice product that was shipped on time and packaged professionally. About $125.00

From 20' away they are virtually invisible!



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Old 05-18-2013, 10:02 AM   #24
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Moto-mojo those look good.

I still wouldn't park next to anyone.
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:38 AM   #25
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I have the door shox and they work great. They don't move (If I'm lazy and taking a short trip I don't even take them off the car while I'm driving) and they protect much more than just the door. After I received $1400 in damage from a door ding, the $100 for the door shox was no problem.
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