As requested.. pictures of my body side molding addition. Had to wash my car first, it's been raining all week
Molding Closeup 2
Side, no molding
And, how does this CTS look-alike item help protect your paint from inconsiderate people that throw open their door, using your whip as a door stop? Did you ever see a child open the rear dor of his/her parent's car and shove the edges into your car fender? What about the people that open pickup truck doors into your wheel wells? How about those SUV people that have doors that will hit above that molding? So, in other words, what do these horizontal items do to protect your ride? Do the themselves dent or chip or pick up color from your respectfull neighbor's vehicles? Do they help prevent you from dinging the paint of a psarked car? Like, were they really worth it? :tisk:
10-20-07, 11:21 PM
A guy around here sprayed the whole outside of his car with polyurethane insulating foam and roofing rhino. That protected it pretty well against door dings.
10-21-07, 08:41 AM
I think it looks good. Thats similar to what is factory installed on my DTS.
Jim from Texas
It helps the car look lower. "Visual height"
Judging from the gouges on the factory molding on the 2000 sts i had,
it was a big help on protecting the doors. But you`re right, you cant protect your car against all those careless people out there. Oh ya, someone keyed my previous caddy too, front to back.It was a tough neighbourhood. I dont go to that mall anymore. I usually drive my wife`s mazda to the shopping mall now. Nobody ever keyed that car.
10-23-07, 03:58 AM
Personally, I think they're too "thick". Two-thirds of this would have been plenty of protection.
I'm curious, were you able top order these in a matching color or did they have to painted?
Lutz-era Cadillacs are coming to us with no body side mouldings. Look at the new CTS.
They come colour matched to the car, you have to supply the paint code
and they come very well packaged .
First they put them in a cloth sock and then a rigid tube.
They also instruct you to start 14 inches from the bottom at the back and slope it to 13 inches at the front .
I dont mind the thickness. I thought they were just right actually.
It does break up the height of the door though.
Most of the german cars come without the molding too .
I guess most dont want ( like ) them either.