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Skate or 'DIY'...? $12 Door Sill Protection

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by TruckyTruck, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. Jul 15, 2014 at 5:23 PM
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    Guys I finally got around to doing this. I had a couple scratches in my rear door sill that really bugged me. So after fixing the scratches, I decided to do something to protect them.

    This isn't my grand idea, but I figured I would share it with the rest of you and the measurements.

    I went to the local skate board shop, which was a clothing shop too at the mall and picked up two sheets of board grip tape. I got the most gritty they had, but you can just ask to look at them to see what you prefer. each sheet I found you can get three sill protectors out of, which was a good thing because I originally cut the first ones too long and the curve of the door made the end pull apart, which ill show a picture of at the bottom of my post.

    So here it is... i cut them 23" x 2.75"
    that's the biggest you can make them without getting crazy with them. (I did one 24 inches and it cracked at the edges.)

    Once you get the first one cut, just use it to trace the other three out. You dont have to do this, but I used a shot glass to round the corners. I just traced around it. Once you have them all cut out, just take a piece of the leftover grip tape and use it to lightly sand the edges of your sill protectors to remove any sharp edges and loose grit. I figure if its worth doing, ill make it look nice.

    Be sure to clean the sill with alcohol or something well before sticking them down. Once you do stick them, they are hard to get them up without ruining them so go slow and take your time. I just stuck them where I wanted at the bottom of the outside portion and worked it around the curve of the sill slowly so there wouldn't be any bubbles underneath. Just go easy on the pressure you apply around the curve near the ends so you dont crack it.

    These measurments are for a 2nd gen crewmax, but I bet they are the same for a third gen truck and the front doors of a double cab.

    Ok, this is pretty simple if you take your time. I know there are several options out there for really nice sill protectors, but I decided this would be satisfying to do it myself, make it look nice and to be inexpensive. You could probably even get by with one sheet if you made them a little more thin, but more coverage helps you not to have scratched up paint!

    Here are the pictures. Good luck!

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    A little piece cut from the leftover to clean up the edges.
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    This was the original one I put on that was 24 inches. One inch too long for these, notice the crack at the end. Do them at 23 inches and keep away from the curve on either end of the sill.
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  2. Jul 15, 2014 at 7:43 PM
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    Very nice. I might have to do this too. Tundra isn't bad yet but my tacoma's was all scratched up.
     
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  3. Jul 15, 2014 at 8:28 PM
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    Yeah I had to use touch up paint for my rear drivers side sill. I figured I better do something about it. Lowes sells a roll of grip tape too but I'm not sure on the width and I'm positive the grip tape will stick better. Either way it's cheap and can be replaced.
     
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  4. Jul 17, 2014 at 7:26 PM
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    Those turned out well..it'll make a great anti-slip in wet conditions too.
     
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  5. Aug 13, 2014 at 7:21 PM
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    you're squared away!
     
  6. Sep 6, 2014 at 7:35 AM
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    Great idea man, that deck tape has 1001 uses
     
  7. Jun 17, 2016 at 8:48 AM
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    How are these holding up?
     
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  8. Jun 17, 2016 at 9:03 AM
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    I can't believe it's been 2 years since I posted this... but in two years, they still look brand new. I don't step on that part of the truck really. The one on the driver's side has a little dirt, but can be cleaned easily. Since no sun gets to them, they haven't faded. Not bad for 12 bucks.
     
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  9. Jun 17, 2016 at 9:10 AM
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    Question: Does the deck tape touch the underside of the door when closed? Is it scratching that up?
     
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    I am going to do this now, was looking for ideas on fixing this. Great fix , thanks for sharing
     
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  11. Jun 17, 2016 at 9:16 AM
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    No, there is about a half inch or so distance from the tape to the door. The weather striping does touch the side of the sill though.
     
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    Yeah I almost bought those, but I always seem to find something wrong or incomplete with the design if things. The problem I have with those is that they don't fold over the edge to protect the paint. The only ones I've found that do that are metal ones on another forum. I think gtec or something, but I didn't want to pay that much for them.

    And the edge seems to be the place that will take the most abuse.
     
  14. Jun 17, 2016 at 12:14 PM
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    They may have updated them since you looked into it, because these ones actually do go down a pretty good ways. One sec I'll go snag a pic.

    Edit: actually its only the fronts that cover the edge on mine since its a dc. Not sure what they give ya on the crewmax but the backs were just little strips (didnt bother with a pic).

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    Well I'll be...
     
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    How much were those
     
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    I wanna say around $28.
     
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  18. Jun 17, 2016 at 4:51 PM
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    Wow, pretty snazzy! May have to pop these on my beast.
     
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