Great style is about the minute details. A good paint job or 17-inch rims aren't the only things that contribute to a stylishly sleek car. That's why it is also important to keep your car's trimming as perfect as the rest of your ride. One of these trimmings is your hood molding. Though choosing one can get confusing, there are only three things you have to remember to get the right hood molding-location, material, and finish.
It's a common misconception that hood moldings only fit in the front of your car. But on the contrary, hood moldings can be installed in two different locations, the front and the passenger side. Since the front hood molding covers the entire expanse of your hood, it is generally longer than the one found in your passenger side. Hood moldings look their best when they are fitted correctly to your car. So before your purchase new ones, make sure where they will be fitted and whether you need longer or shorter ones.
Material is another factor to consider when buying new hood moldings. Plastic is the most popular type of molding material. Aside from being corrosion and dent resistant, it is also very light. It weighs approximately 50 percent less than its steel counterparts, which makes it preferred for racing applications. The only disadvantage of plastic is that though it is more resilient, once it is damaged it is harder to repair. In extreme cases, plastic also tends to warp with applied heat. Metal is another material commonly used in hood moldings. Its malleability allows it to be easily altered. Whether by welding or simple pounding, you can make your hood molding fit to your car even if it's a few centimeters bigger than the needed size. However, this also causes metal hood moldings to be more prone to dents, dings, stone chips, and corrosion. They are also heavier and more expensive than plastics. Hood moldings can also be made of rubber. One good feature of rubber is that it is strong and it exhibits good abrasion resistance, which makes it the toughest material for hood moldings in the market. But be careful when purchasing rubber hood materials; low-cost latex products generally shrink at high temperature.
The type of hood molding finish would depend on the overall look that you're trying to achieve for your hood. If you want your hood to match your door handles and side moldings, then a hood molding with a chrome finish would go perfectly well with your other chrome trims. On the other hand, if you have a specific color in mind, then you can choose among black, white, or primered molding finishes. Black hood moldings give a sleeker style with their flat black and glossy finish. You can also go for a white molding if you want something more pristine. For those who prefer custom-ability, your best option would be a primered hood molding.