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Interior Fit and Finish - Improving Your Truck Slider Installation Methods and Results



Interior styling and fit-and-finish standards have been steadily evolving in the truck arena. In the past, a truck served simply as a utility vehicle. Today, new truck owners are demanding a higher level of luxury and aesthetics. This applies not only to OEM products, but to aftermarket products as well.

C. R. Laurence Co., Inc. (CRL), the leading manufacturer and distributor of aftermarket truck sliders, is aware of this change of attitude and the need to address these issues.

Special Tools and Recommended Techniques
Paint damage is becoming a more important issue, as newer vehicles have exposed pinchwelds. If the paint is scratched in this area, an installer may need to have a body shop get involved. For this reason, CRL includes in every CRL Truck Slider box, detailed instructions for the removal of existing windows and the installation of the new slider. These instructions recommend tools and techniques that will reduce the potential for any damage to interior trim panels, headliner and exterior paint. The company wants to convey the need for improved methods of installation to its own customers and, in turn, to make them aware of their customers’ needs for proper interior fit and finish.

Improve Your Sightline
CRL has also improved and updated its truck slider designs to provide the best possible fit and finish with its exclusive Flexible Flange system. However, some trucks have trim moldings that do not cover past the edge of the pinchweld. With this design, the bead of urethane can be exposed to view - a flaw not accepted by the critical eye of this new breed of truck owners. A widely used, inexpensive product can help here. CRL recommends the use of foam sound deadening tape along the inside edge of the pinchweld for this purpose. This foam tape provides improved appearance and increases sound deadening for wind and road noise.

Bond Blocker Tape
When it becomes necessary to remove a slider, CRL recommends placing masking tape as a bond blocker on the sidewalls of the pinchweld, this prevents the urethane from bonding along the side of the pinchweld. If removal is required, the cutting blade can reach the urethane that is retaining the slider. Anyone who has ever tried to remove a slider when the urethane has bonded to the sides of the slider and pinchweld, understands the value of this step.

A customer may never know that an installer added these extra steps to an installation, but by applying these efforts, installers can have the satisfaction of knowing they achieved the best possible installation, and the potential for fit and finish call backs should be eliminated.

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