How To Remove/Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Posted 6/11/2013 by Tyler Rodriquez

Make your 1987-1993 Fox Mustang look new again with 5.0Resto body side moldings and body side molding kits!

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The body side moldings on 1987-1993 Mustangs add the finishing touch to the exterior appearance. However, they can be problematic, specifically the urethane ones, in inexperienced hands. By now, it is likely that your beloved Fox has had some sort of work done to it. Unfortunately, it may have involved removing one or more of the moldings. Follow along as we show you how to replace these Fox Body moldings



Step 1:
Using fishing string, a thin bladed putty knife, or simply using your hands, remove the existing body molding from the car.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Step 2:
Wipe off any dirt that is behind the molding.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Step 3:
Using an eraser wheel, remove any tape residue that is left behind making sure to not damage the paint.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Step 4:
Once you have removed all of the tape residue, wipe down the area with denatured alcohol to ensure no contaminants are left behind.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Step 5:
Using the 3M tape promoter included in the kit, wipe the area where tape will adhere to ensure a good bond between the body and the tape.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Step 6:
Pull back the edges of the molding tape backing a bit to allow yourself a grabbing point to remove the tape once mounted.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Step 7:
Align your moldings with masking tape to ensure you get them centered up.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Step 8:
Peel off the tape and press the moldings on.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Step 9:
Check that your moldings are straight and pressed onto the car firmly and you're done.

Step 10:
Moving on to the door moldings, set them out in the sun to warm them up to prevent warping when installing. It is very important that these are installed warm.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Step 11:
Use a heat gun if necessary to make the moldings pliable for an easier installation.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Step 12:
Wipe the door area down with isopropyl alcohol and ensure it is free of any residue.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Step 13:
If it helps, use tape at the front and the back of the door to align the moldings.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Step 14:
Dog ear each end of the tape.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Step 15:
Apply 3m Adhesion Promoter to the area the molding will be sticking to.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Step 16:
Align the moldings and tack the corners into place. Remove the tape and press the molding firmly into place.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)

Step 17:
Double check your work, and you are all finished.

How To Remove & Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93)


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How To Install Fox Body Mustang Door Body Side Moldings (79-93)

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Published on 2018-02-14
1979-1986 Door Body Side Moldings.
Restore the exterior of your Fox Mustang with this 1979-1984 Mustang door body side molding kit! These moldings usually become wrinkled during removal and unable to be straightened back out due to the metal banding inside; thus replacing them is the only option to get a straight molding. This high-quality reproduction molding kit features a molded urethane construction that's ready for prep and paint. The recessed C-Channel for the stripe accepts the several different stripes offered in this year range. The steel reinforcement bands were intentionally left out to prevent kinks that show through the molding. You won't find a better door body side molding for your Fox restoration project!

1987-1993 Door Body Side Moldings.
These moldings can become wrinkled during removal and unable to be straightened back out due to the metal banding inside; thus replacing them is the only option to get that perfect look again. These 5.0 Resto replacements for your Mustang get it back in showroom condition! They are molded from urethane and are reinforced with metal bands.

Installation Notes:
- Each molding must be properly prepped and painted before installation.
- Each door body side molding MUST be warm before installing them on to the door.
- 3M adhesion promoter MUST be used to ensure a proper bond between the double sided tape and door.

Application: 1979-1993 Mustang
Transcript
How’s it going, everyone? Landan with LMR.com! In this video, I’ll be taking a look at 5.0 Resto’s door body side moldings for the 1979-1993 Mustangs; as well as the installation steps.

Alright guys, if you’re needing to replace missing, warped or cracked door body side moldings on your 1979 to 1993 Fox Mustang, industry leader 5.0 Resto has the solution.

Like most things Fox Body, the door body side moldings changed throughout the years. Specific moldings for different year ranges include 1979 to 1984 cars, 85 to 86 LX and GT, 87 to 93 GT and Cobra, and 87 to 93 LX. 5.0 Resto currently offers a solution for all of those year ranges and trims.

The 79 to 84 and 85 to 86 door body side moldings are molded from urethane and incorporate the correct recessed ‘C’-channel which accepts the different accent striping that was offered during those years.

Each molding is side specific and is ready for prep and paint. Installation is a breeze because of the pre-installed double-sided tape.

Now the 87 to 93 LX, GT and Cobra door body side moldings are also molded from durable urethane and reinforced with metal bands. Each molding also matches the factory body lines which will provide a nice OE-look.

Like the other moldings, these are side specific, ready for prep and paint; and also include the pre-installed double-sided tape.

Before you install these moldings, it’s important to note that these things MUST be warm and FLAT. If you install these cold, they WILL peel up in the front or rear of the molding.

Also note, 3M adhesion promoter must be applied to the door prior to installing the molding. This will ensure a proper bond between the door and molding. 3M adhesion promoter is currently available on our site, LMR.com!

We will be starting with a clean car and the old molding already removed. You can reference our other video for proper molding removal.

As stated previously, these door body side moldings will need to be warm and flat prior to installing them on the door.

I would recommend letting them sit in the sun on a warm day or leave them in the house if it’s cold outside.

I’m also going to be using a heat gun to warm the urethane so that it becomes very pliable.

Make sure the door is wiped down with isopropyl alcohol and free of any residues.

Carefully heat one of the ends of the door body side molding.

Remember, this is already painted! Don’t get the gun to close and keep the setting on low.

Work one end up and down as it starts to become pliable.

Flip the molding to the other side and heat the other end.

If it helps, place a piece of painter’s tape at the front and rear of the door.

This will help with aligning the molding.

Also note the small tab on the back of the molding; this is also there for alignment purposes.

Dog ear each corner of the double sided tape.

Apply 3M adhesion promoter to the door where the tape will adhere to the surface.

Align the molding and then tack the corners in place; the rear of the molding will be approx. one-sixteenths of an inch from the edge of the door.

Because of the original design from Ford, the front and the rear of the moldings will not sit flush with edge of the door. With that being said, the front will has have a greater distance from the edge in order to clear the front molding whenever the door is opened.

Remove the tape backing and then firmly apply pressure with a microfiber towel.

Repeat these steps for the other side and then you’re all finished.

As far as installation goes, take your time; after all you are dealing with a body part that requires good attention to detail to ensure it’s even across the door.

Other than that guys, these 5.0 Resto door body side moldings are a must-have restoration item for your Fox Mustang!

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How To Remove/Install Mustang Body Moldings (87-93) Tech Info

5.0Resto and Ford body moldings available for the following Mustang GT & LX year models:
1985 (85) - 1986 (86) - 1987 (87) - 1988 (88) - 1989 (89) - 1990 (90) - 1991 (91) - 1992 (92) - 1993 (93)