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Evo5man



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Side Steps - Protection of Aluminium Trim

I fitted a set of side steps last year and have noticed that the aluminium trim is starting to get marked on the leading edge from stones and road grime thrown up from the front wheels. I have tried various methods of cleaning but decided that some form of protection was required to prevent further damage.

I decided to try applying some 3M paint protection film to the leading edges of the trim. I am please with the results and the film can only be seen if looking very carefully at the trim finish. The original aluminium trim has a satin finish and the 3M tape has a gloss finish.

The film is easy to apply, just keep it wet with a mixture of water and washing up liquid, this allows you to slide the film around on the trim until you have it correctly aligned. Then just use a plastic card to squeeze the water from behind the film and that is it.

I will provide an update in the Autumn to see how effective the protection is Thumbs Up





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Post #553424 Sat Apr 07 2018 5:04pm
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dobbo9



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Good job. Great solution.

Post #553429 Sat Apr 07 2018 5:28pm
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Eaters



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Yes. Interesting. Just got to get mine in a condition where they’re clean enough to warrant protection. Very Happy Robin
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Cymruambyth



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Why not put it on the whole length? Protect it all then Very Happy As said, I`d need to get mine half decent to bother with this. Steve.

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PDC



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I thought that I was the only one that had this problem. They really are a Censored to keep clean!!! Big Cry  Current: 18 RRS HSE Dynamic 3.0
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Post #553500 Sun Apr 08 2018 11:25am
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Eaters



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Cymruambyth wrote:
Why not put it on the whole length? Protect it all then Very Happy As said, I`d need to get mine half decent to bother with this.


I did try some T-Cut and then some rubbing compound which did improve it quite a bit but there are still, what appears to be ingrained marks left. Next step will be fine wet & dry I think Robin
2008 Range Rover Sport TDV8
Awaiting rebuild: NGTF
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Post #553502 Sun Apr 08 2018 11:48am
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Evo5man



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Cymruambyth wrote:
Why not put it on the whole length? Protect it all then Very Happy As said, I`d need to get mine half decent to bother with this.


Hi Cymruambyth,

Yes, that would definitely be an option to cover the whole length but it is only the leading edge of the aluminium cover trim that seems to be a problem on my side steps. From a visual perspective, it is not obvious that I have only covered the leading edges, I had to take a lot of photos from various angles to get it to show up in the pics!

I will monitor the trim over the next 6 months and if necessary, will cover the whole trim length before winter arrives Thumbs Up 2013 SDV6 RRS L320 HSE Black Edition - Orkney Grey with Ivory Interior
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Tyrefitter



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While we are on the subject of sidesteps,,,,ive just replaced mine after having them colour coded last week by a friend who’s a paint sprayer.


Andy. Andy.

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Evo5man



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Looks good Andy Thumbs Up

If my 3M protection film does not 'hold up' to road conditions, colour coding will be my next option Thumbs Up

Did your sprayer mate take the aluminium trims off and paint them or mask the steps up and paint the trims while still attached to the steps?

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Tyrefitter



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Steve,,mine are aftermarket steps & the trim is only riveted on & is metal not alloy,,so i drilled the rivets out removed had them painted then refitted this morning.I put a coating of Gtechniq C5 on yhem thurs for extra protection

Andy Andy.

2014 RRS SC santorino,coris roof.
2014 Evoque D-Lux Fuji
Previous motor.
2016 VW Amarok Highline,candy white
2014 RRS AB FUJI
2012 RRS Dynamic red edition Fuji
2012 RRS SE santorino
2015 Navara White
2008 RRS white TDV8
2007 RRS black TDV8
2002 RR Vogue
1996 P38 2.5 HSE.

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Paulcp



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A thin coating of ACF50 every few months over 3 years and mine were almost like new when I sold it after 40k miles

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Tyrefitter



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Just the vents to do black & tint the front windows & all will be good.


Andy Andy.

2014 RRS SC santorino,coris roof.
2014 Evoque D-Lux Fuji
Previous motor.
2016 VW Amarok Highline,candy white
2014 RRS AB FUJI
2012 RRS Dynamic red edition Fuji
2012 RRS SE santorino
2015 Navara White
2008 RRS white TDV8
2007 RRS black TDV8
2002 RR Vogue
1996 P38 2.5 HSE.

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Cymruambyth



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You`ll need to look out for plod if you tint the fronts Sad Steve.

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Tyrefitter



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It will be ok,,they will give me a form to take to MoT station after ive removed it to get stamped,,,,,,ive got a mot station Laughing Laughing

Andy Andy.

2014 RRS SC santorino,coris roof.
2014 Evoque D-Lux Fuji
Previous motor.
2016 VW Amarok Highline,candy white
2014 RRS AB FUJI
2012 RRS Dynamic red edition Fuji
2012 RRS SE santorino
2015 Navara White
2008 RRS white TDV8
2007 RRS black TDV8
2002 RR Vogue
1996 P38 2.5 HSE.

Post #553556 Sun Apr 08 2018 5:57pm
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Cymruambyth



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I think they usually make you take them off at the roadside Thumbs Up Steve.

Post #553574 Sun Apr 08 2018 7:27pm
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