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To the extent that they help prevent phone calls to Dent-Pro, I install (or have had installed) body side moldings on all my cars. After an extensive Internet search, I decided to go with this outfit on eBay that sells them for the CT. I ordered a set in Tungsten Pearl from the vendor (Sportwing) about a week ago. They arrived yesterday and a friend helped me install them today. They were easy to install, but four eyes work better than two to ensure they are at the proper height and lined up perfectly straight.

Total cost with shipping was $123.95 via PayPal. This link should take those of you who might be interested to the vendor: <http://tinyurl.com/3op6gl3>

Some CT owners may not like their appearance. To my eye, however, they help break up the space between the top and bottom of the doors and give the car a more unique look than similar cars without them.

Thought some readers of this forum might want to see what they look like, so I shot some photos...
 

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Nicely done. I did the same for my Volvo when it was new. It does help. The only thing is that it doesn't protect against all the idiots who swing their doors open indiscrimately since it has to line up exactly with the door but better with then without. I found the best way to avoid is to park way out there in the lot away from the crowd but sometimes there is no choice.
 

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Bi mat, I like the look and thanks for the link. I am purchasing the Tungsten Pearl as well. What did you go with for the interior and are you happy with it?
 

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Bi mat, I like the look and thanks for the link. I am purchasing the Tungsten Pearl as well. What did you go with for the interior and are you happy with it?
The interior of my CT is the Ecru (light beige) Nuluxe. I like the looks and feel alot, and it will no doubt be cooler in the summer than black. I thought the Water Grey that is also available with Tungsten Pearl was too bland. Also added the bamboo dash trim that goes well with the ecru.
 

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Bilmat -
Thanks for the info. I was thinking about the Water Gray, but figured it would be too close to the Tungsten Pearl color and be a bit much. Now I'm thinking of going with either the Black Leather or Black Nuluxe. Do you know if this is real leather or a manufactured product?
 

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Bilmat -
Thanks for the info. I was thinking about the Water Gray, but figured it would be too close to the Tungsten Pearl color and be a bit much. Now I'm thinking of going with either the Black Leather or Black Nuluxe. Do you know if this is real leather or a manufactured product?
This link I found on Google describes Nuluxe better than I can. It also includes a link to a review of the CT:

<http://tinyurl.com/3avax48>
 

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Wow, you did a great job. They look really nice. Oooh and I wanna see your bamboo trim with the Ecru. ;-)

P.S. So nice that you have embraced the color "ECRU". ha-ha
 

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How do you afix them to the car? Do they screw on? Or is it a glue install?
The moldings have industrial-strength two-way tape on the back that is covered by a thin backing that you peel off when you are ready to press them onto the car.

Following the directions, my friend and I made two light pencil marks 14 1/2 inches above the bottom of each door (per the instructions) that we used to line up a long strip of painter's tape (blue masking tape).

Once the tape was applied and lined up perfectly straight from the front of the front door to the rear of the back door, we used one of the two alcohol wipes that came with the kit and applied the alcohol to the paint below the tape where the moldings will go.

We next used a small applicator that also came with the kit to apply a very light amount of substance (beats me what it was) and applied it to the area we had just cleaned with alcohol, being very careful to apply it only to the paint that would be covered by the moldings. The instructions made it clear not to let any get on the paint that wouldn't be covered by the moldings because, as the instructions said, "it could dull the paint." Whatever the substance was, it dried within minutes. It wasn't an epoxy. Best guess is that it was something along the lines of TSP.

Then it was a matter of my friend and I peeling off the tape backing from one of the moldings (there are two for each side of the car) and very carefully lining it up with one of us at each end, then pressing it to the paint when we were sure it was perfectly straight. Then we removed the painter's tape and voila; that side of the car was complete and we started on the other side.

The entire job could have been completed in a half-hour by someone who was familiar with the process, especially if it wasn't his or her car. Since it was mine, we worked at a snail's pace so we would make sure we got it right. Total time? About an hour.

Hey "Hey Gurl" — I'll snap a photo of the bamboo dash trim showing the ecru interior and post it tomorrow in a separate thread to keep the moderator(s) happy.
 

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Bill: You're the best.. Thx! ;-)
 

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Thanks for the lowdown on how to apply the moldings. I think I'd have it professionally done (I wouldn't trust myself not to get it slightly off kilter.)

Your moldings look great. An absolute necessity for an urban car, IMO.
 

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Dents yes; however, mostly ornamental. I think the lower door molding is too low to help much. I am going to get it anyway.:)
 

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Are the Lexus lower door moldings supposed to protect against dents or are those more ornamental?
Both. To save a door ding, however, the stars in the universe as well as the door next to mine would have to be in almost perfect alignment. But if the moldings save one call to Dent Pro to come to the house and roll out a door ding, they will have paid for themselves.

Beauty, of course, is in the eye of the beholder, and to my eye, door dings are not more attractive than color-matched body side moldings, as was stated in a previous post. If they were, I'd be out in the garage right now improving the looks of my CT using a ball peen hammer.

By the way, those pictured are not Lexus OEM body side moldings, which I don't believe exist yet. They came from a private vendor who produces them for the CT.
 
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