How to Replace Van Window Trim

Installing your own window trim might seem like a difficult DIY project, but we at GoCode Overland have simplified this process to allow all van owners to tackle this task. First let’s cover 5 simple steps for easy and efficient installation. 

Steps to Replace Van Window Trim

  1. Start by removing the old trim carefully with a utility knife or trim removal tool.
  2. Clean the window area with rubbing alcohol to ensure a smooth surface.
  3. Measure the new trim, ensuring it fits correctly.
  4. Use self-tapping screws to hold the window trim in place.
  5. Add wall panels over top and enjoy a perfectly trimmed window sill.


Understanding Window Trim Replacement Costs

The expenses associated with this project can vary. We'll break down some of the factors that influence the overall cost:

Material Cost: Depending on the type of trim you choose (rubber, plastic, or metal), the material cost can vary.

Labor Cost: If you hire a professional, labor costs can add to the total. The complexity of the job can influence labor costs.

Trim Type: Replacing exterior window trim or capping windows with aluminum might incur different costs.

Size and Complexity: Larger or more intricate windows can require more material and labor, impacting the cost.

DIY vs. Professional: Doing it yourself may save on labor costs, but ensure you have the necessary tools and skills.

Aluminum capping is a popular option for window trims, so let’s cover the cost to cap windows with aluminum. If you're considering aluminum capping for your van's windows, the cost will depend on the size and complexity of the windows. For a DIY project, aluminum capping materials can range from $2 to $5 per linear foot. If you hire a professional, labor costs may add to the total.

The other significant cost for window trim installation is labor. Hiring a professional to wrap your van's windows with aluminum may cost between $50 and $150 per window, depending on size and complexity. As we mentioned before, you can save some precious dollars by installing window trims yourself.

Replacing Window Trim Interior vs. Exterior

Exterior window capping and interior window trim are essential for both functionality and aesthetics. The material, style, and complexity can affect the costs associated with trim around windows. Whether you're replacing interior or exterior window trim, the process is similar. Interior trim replacement can be a DIY project, while exterior trim may require more expertise due to exposure to the elements.

See our blog on window trim replacement for more information.

Updating Old Window Trim

Old, worn window trim can make your van look dated. Updating it can breathe new life into your vehicle's exterior. You can either replace the trim or refinish it, depending on its condition.

Here you can see our Window Trim Ring, which is available in ABS plastic and ABS plastic with upholstery.

 Window (AMA Driver Mid) Trim Ring for Transit – GoCode Overland

PVC Trim Installation

PVC trim is a popular choice for window trim due to its durability and low maintenance. The process of attaching PVC trim to your van's exterior is similar to other trim types, but PVC may have a slightly higher material cost.

Vinyl and PVC Window Trim

Vinyl and PVC window trim offer durability and resistance to the elements. Replacing or installing these materials is similar to other trim types, but they may have specific installation guidelines.

Wood Trim Replacement with PVC

Replacing wood trim with PVC is a smart choice for durability and low maintenance. Consider the long-term benefits when making this transition.

Interior Wooden Window Sill Replacement

Wooden window sills can deteriorate over time. Replacing them with new wood or alternative materials is a great way to refresh your van's interior.

Full-Frame Window Replacement

If your windows are old and damaged, you might consider a full-frame window replacement. This involves replacing the entire window unit, frame, and trim, which can be a more extensive and expensive project.

Insert Window Replacement Cost

If you don't need a full-frame replacement, insert window replacement can be a more cost-effective solution, replacing only the window unit and leaving the existing frame and trim intact.

Residential Window Frame Repair

While our primary focus is on van window trim, residential window frame repair may be necessary for home maintenance. Seek professional assistance for such projects.

Van window trim replacement is a DIY project that can give your vehicle a fresh look and protect it from the elements. Understanding the associated costs and options for materials like PVC and vinyl can help you make informed decisions. Whether you're updating old window trim, replacing wood with PVC, or considering full-frame window replacement, a well-maintained van not only looks better but also retains its value.

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