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Roof trim came off during a car wash.

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Volt, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. Mar 7, 2021 at 2:58 PM
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    Volt

    Volt [OP] Well-Known Member

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    The passenger side roof trim on my 2018 came partially off during a drive through car wash. I clicked it back into place but it looks like it might have been glued down originally.

    Does any one know if the roof trim is factory glued in place? The drivers side seems to not be glued down as well. What glue should I use?18C3BB28-B694-4693-B038-77941184F8E4.jpg
     
  2. Mar 7, 2021 at 3:04 PM
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    leomodz

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    Its not glued, but held down with thick 1/4 double sided tape. I took mine off with a roof rack install and reattached with layers of outdoor ds tape.
     
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  3. Mar 7, 2021 at 3:05 PM
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    Mas Olas

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    Two part epoxy.
     
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  4. Mar 7, 2021 at 3:59 PM
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    Big tall dave

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    Maybe it’s just me, but I definitely wouldn’t use epoxy like someone else recommended.
    Just clean the channels and trim, then add a few thick dabs of cheap silicone every foot or so, then snap it back in. Easier and cheaper than double sized tape too.
     
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    What he said ^
     
  6. Mar 7, 2021 at 4:03 PM
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    Mechanical car washes are evil.
     
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    Midnight beauty

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    I would use some 3M trim adhesive.
     
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    Definitely gorilla glue!

    Oh wait...that's for your hair.:crazy:

    Two part epoxy for long lasting fix.
     
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    Mine came off a couple of months from new. I don't know when or how, I just noticed it one day. The replacement had a small bit of double sided tape near the front, I added a couple of dabs of RTV silicone and shoved the new strip into the channel. Still attached approx 5 years later
     
  11. Mar 7, 2021 at 7:41 PM
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    Trail Limo

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    This.

    Could even get the adhesive silicone from an auto parts store. Silicone is removable if you ever have a reason to remove the trim. Epoxy guarantees you will destroy the trim, and likely the paint under the trim if you ever have to remove it later.
     
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  12. Mar 7, 2021 at 10:18 PM
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    Tacomike18

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    Never go through car washes. Already several posts about how automated car washes damaged the roof molding.
     
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  13. Mar 8, 2021 at 4:51 AM
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    I just added good 3M double sided tape, it is the thick version, I believe there is a gap you need to fill.
    Also, yeah the carwashes are hard on paint and other things, I only use them once or twice a year, in the winter to spray off road salt.
     
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  14. Mar 8, 2021 at 6:24 AM
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    I've went once or twice a week for two years. Zero damage to anything. They also cover anything factory and have cameras. My truck seems to love it.
     
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  15. Mar 8, 2021 at 6:48 AM
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    Newwt

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    This happened to mine after a touchless wash and became a PITA. Tried using 3m tape and still would fly off when going down the interstate causing black marks on the side of the truck.

    I've read a few threads where the dealer would fix, under warranty i'd try that first
     
  16. Mar 8, 2021 at 6:58 AM
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    I got to checking my other trim pieces and noticed my door weather seal rubber is loose at a lot of places.

    It seems like the roof trim valley might become an area for rust to develop.
     
  17. Mar 8, 2021 at 8:42 AM
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    leomodz

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    its not sealed forsure and used as a water channel to escape. Which is why would also caution against permanently attaching the trim. If i remember arnt there plastic barbs near the front that hold it down? Perhaps the tabs became worn or broken off requiring replacement.
     
  18. Mar 8, 2021 at 8:59 AM
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    Trail Limo

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    I second this. I run mine through a touchless weekly in the winter here to get the salt off. No issues so far.
     
  19. Mar 8, 2021 at 9:02 AM
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    brandon78lusch

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    I usually tape the ends down when I go through an automatic car wash lol
     

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