Refresh Your Vehicle With Do-it-Yourself Aftermarket Parts

Maybe you’re not in the market to buy new, but you’d like to change the look of your car, truck or SUV. Or maybe you just bought a new or used vehicle and you’d like to add some personality. It’s easier than you may think.

The internet puts thousands of decorative and protective automotive parts at your fingertips. A quick internet search reveals a myriad of options for any vehicle. Maybe you’d like the look of a grill insert or stainless steel rocker panels or the protection provided by body side moldings or a bug shield. For the high-performance look, you can choose an air dam, side vent or hood scoop. Maybe you like the look of the latest chrome accessories such as the newer chrome side window vents or mirror and door handle covers.

While the internet makes buying easier than ever, it can also create confusion about quality and reliability. If you’ll be installing the parts yourself, be careful to choose parts from companies that supply thorough instructions for the do-it-yourselfer, and pay attention to how the parts are installed. 

For many years, a wide variety of these accessories have been supplied ready to install with 3M™ Automotive Acrylic Foam Tapes. Because these tapes are designed to work so well, often no other attachment method is necessary.  Other parts may require some drilling, which can lead to rust and corrosion, or are attached with lower-quality tapes and adhesives that can fail over time.

To protect your investment, choose proven products that are backed by credible testing from reputable companies. Also be sure to follow the recommended installation techniques very carefully – including cleaning steps – so you don’t compromise the performance of your new parts.

For a listing of aftermarket parts manufacturers using 3M tapes, check out and click on Where to Buy.

With a little internet research and some well-written installation instructions, you can transform your vehicle from bland to bold in no time.

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