Are There Different Kinds of Rocker Panel Moldings?
CARiD features rocker panel moldings for all popular cars and trucks. They differ in the material they're made from and the area of coverage on the vehicle. Let's start with the material.
Most of our manufacturers make their rocker panel moldings from high grade stainless steel, which has high chromium content for resistance to corrosion. This stainless also has properties that allow it to be precision formed, so it perfectly fits the contours of your vehicle. In the final step of manufacturing, these moldings are polished to a mirror-like luster that's virtually indistinguishable from chrome.
A small percentage of our rocker panel moldings are made from Thermoplastic Olefin (TPO) plastic, which has been laminated with a chrome film. The TPO plastic is impact, heat and chemical resistant and the chrome laminate is UV, chip and chemical resistant, a combination that ensures the rocker panel moldings will look great and stay that way for many years. Both molding types are attached to the vehicle with 3M™ acrylic foam tape. This adhesive is super strong and so effective it's used by the automobile manufacturers to attach trim at the factory. The foam core allows the tape to expand and contract with temperature changes and conform to surface irregularities. Installation is not only simpler; there are no unsightly fasteners to deal with.
The term rocker panel describes the area of the body on the side of the vehicle between the wells of the wheels and below the doors. Traditionally, moldings were installed in these areas at the factory for styling and to protect the body from stones and other debris. However, these moldings began to disappear from new cars or they were replaced by black or body-colored plastic moldings as chrome fell out of favor with OEM stylists. Our manufacturers offer "rocker moldings" for the original rocker panel areas as well as moldings that cover all or parts of the doors right up to and including the body side molding. In short, you can get as much shine as you desire!
A rocker panel kit includes molding(s) that are attached directly to the traditional rocker panels. A lower door kit includes moldings that attach at the very bottom of the door(s) and extend up a certain distance from the bottom of the door(s). This kit also includes moldings that extend from the door(s) to the front and rear wheel wells (as required). An upper door kit includes moldings that attach at the bottom of the body side molding and extend down a certain distance on the door(s) from that molding. This kit also includes moldings that extend from the door(s) to the front and rear wheel wells (as required). A full body kit covers the door(s) between the body side molding and the bottom of the door(s). This kit also includes moldings that extend from the door(s) to the front and rear wheel wells (as required). A molding insert installs in place of or over top of an existing body side molding.
As you can see, there are "rocker panel" moldings that cover much more than just the rocker panels! But regardless of what they're called, these moldings will add shine and style to the sides of your car or truck, along with a certain measure of protection.
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