Window trim plays a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of a van's windows and protecting the interior from external elements. Over time, weathering and wear and tear can cause window trim to deteriorate, necessitating replacement. If you're considering replacing the window trim in your van, you may wonder about the level of difficulty involved. In this blog post, we will explore the process of replacing window trim in a van, the cost implications, and whether it is possible to replace the trim without replacing the entire window frame.
What is the difference between window trim and weatherstripping?
Window trim refers to the decorative and functional material surrounding the edges of a window. It helps trim and finish the interior window sill and enhances the overall appearance of the van. Weatherstripping, on the other hand, is a type of seal designed to prevent air and water leakage around windows and doors. It is typically made of rubber or vinyl and is essential for maintaining the van's insulation and weatherproofing capabilities.
Can You Replace the Window Trim without Replacing the Frame?
In most cases, it is possible to replace window trim without replacing the entire window frame. In a van conversion, it is easiest to install a window trim ring before completing wall panels. The trim can be removed separately, allowing for the installation of new trim while keeping the existing frame intact. This saves time and money, as replacing the entire frame is more complex and costly. However, it's important to assess the condition of the window frame during the replacement process to ensure its structural integrity.
Steps to Replace Window Trim in a Van
a) Gather the necessary materials:
You will need new trim pieces, a utility knife or trim removal tool, adhesive (such as 3M weatherstrip adhesive clear), a rubber mallet, and a clean cloth to replace window trim.
b) Clean the area:
Thoroughly clean the window frame to remove any adhesive residue or debris. This will ensure proper adhesion for the new trim.
c) Install and cut the new trim:
Using the van as a reference or measuring the dimensions of the window frame, cut the GoCode Overland window trim pieces to the appropriate length. These kits are made universally to adjust for any variation in factory window spaces. A utility knife or a saw with fine teeth can be used for this task to cut through the ABS Plastic.
d) Pop in the kit:
The kit pops into the factory threshold around the window and is flanged to support wall panels. The trims out this difficult area and solves the challenges for all van conversion builders.
What is the cost of window trim?
The cost of replacing window trim in a van can vary depending on the type and quality of the trim material, and whether you choose to hire a professional for the installation. On average, the cost of window trim replacement ranges from $100 to $500, including materials and labor. However, if you have some DIY skills, you can significantly reduce the cost by doing the replacement yourself. Our window trim kit is priced around $200-$250. For more information on our window trim kits read our blog here.
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Do I need to replace the weatherstripping of my van?
Rubber seals and weather stripping can deteriorate over time due to exposure to UV rays, extreme temperatures, and general wear. If you notice signs of damage, such as cracks, tears, or loss of elasticity, it is advisable to replace them. Rubber seals can often be replaced individually without requiring the replacement of the entire window. Universal window belt molding and other types of universal seals are available, making finding suitable replacements for your van easier.
Replacing window trim in a van is a task that can be accomplished with moderate DIY skills. By following the proper steps and using the right materials, you can achieve a professional-looking result while maintaining the integrity of the window frame. Whether you opt for vinyl window trim replacement or simply want to refresh the interior window trim, it's a worthwhile endeavor to protect your van from water infiltration and enhance its overall appearance. With proper care and maintenance, your new window trim will provide years of functionality and aesthetic appeal.