How to Install Chrome Molding

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How to Install Chrome Molding
Remove your vehicle's chrome mouldings to perform paint jobs and fender repairs. (a car in a car show image by Gary from

Some cars, such as a Volkswagen Beetle and MGB sports cars are adorned with chrome moulding. A car's exterior can consist of six moulding strips for a four-door car and four for a two-door vehicle. Each door and fender is fitted with a chrome moulding, and these mouldings can be removed to perform any necessary bodywork or painting. With proper tools and some patience, chrome mouldings are relatively easy to install.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Remove the stud plate for each moulding by unscrewing the nuts located behind the front fender's wheel.

  2. 2

    Open your boot and use a screwdriver to remove the stud plates located in the rear. Stud plates for the doors are found in between the side doors.

  3. 3

    Pull off the mouldings once the stud plates have been removed. Use a screwdriver to pry the moulding off the pop-rivet button.

  4. 4

    Pop out the rivets and use an electric drill with a 1/8-inch drill bit to drill the hole where the rivets were. This will make it easier to install the new rivets.

  5. 5

    Use a screwdriver to pry off rivet clips that keep the moulding in place.

  6. 6

    Push the buttons onto the rivets, pointing the open end of the button toward the rivet's nail end. The rivet is pushed through the fender or door.

  7. 7

    Push the rivet into the fender or door using a rivet gun over the nail end of the rivet. Hold the door tightly and squeeze the handle to set the rivet. This step should be used for installing each rivet.

  8. 8

    Insert the stud plate into the back of each chrome moulding, resting it on your lap while you are sitting on a bench or chair. This eases the installation process of the stud plate and helps prevent damage to the moulding.

  9. 9

    Fix the square, slotted end of the moulding over the rivet and slide it over the fender or door, fitting the slotted end of the moulding onto the next set of rivets.

  10. 10

    Push the stud plates all the way through the moulding.

  11. 11

    Repeat the above steps for each moulding.

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