Much like any part of your vehicle's exterior, the door skin can get dents and paint chips, making it look unsightly. Road mishaps can also totally wreck the door skin. If any of these happens to you and you're now in need of a replacement, there are some things to keep in mind so you'll get the best value for your money.
Types of door skin
- Stainless steel
Door skins made of this material are perfect for vehicles with steel body panels. Many stainless steel door skins are primer coated to prevent rust and to make painting the skin's surface easy, especially for DIYers. Door skins that have gone through salt-spray test are great buys because of their resistance to corrosion. There are also stainless steel door skins with holes for door handle and side molding and provisions for belt and sash molding, making it easy for you to install the door handle and fit in the molding just in case you'll decide to outfit your ride with these add-ons.
When looking for fabric door skins for your soft top, make sure you'll get those made from high-grade, durable fabrics that can resist stretching and fading. For easy installation, you can go for units that come with hook and loop fasteners. Make sure also that the window material used is approved by the Department of Transportation. To achieve good looks, purchase a fabric door skin that matches your soft top's appearance.
This is a guarantee that the automotive product you'll get is free from manufacturing and material defects, so the longer the warranty coverage, the better.
If you will look through an online catalog to search for a door skin that will fit your ride and your needs, among the brands you'll see are Smittybilt, AutoTrust Gold, Bestop, Replacement, and Rugged Ridge. You can check some forums, review sites, and blogs to know which among these brands are reliable enough when it comes to automotive door skins. You can also visit the website of each brand to know if a particular company can be trusted or not.