How to Replace a Car's Kick Plates

  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 35-75
What You'll Need
Screw driver
Replacement kick plates
Masking tape

Your car's kick plates are attached to the bottom portion of your car door to protect your car from scratches and bumps. Over time the plates can get battered, requiring that you replace them to continue protecting your car door. This project is easy to carry out by following a few steps.

Step 1 - Remove the Kick Plates from the Car Door

The car kick plates are installed to the car doors through screws and using a screw driver thus the first thing that you need to do is to make sure that you remove the screw that holds the plates firmly to the door. Once the unprotected part of the car door is exposed, wipe off the entire area with a clean cloth to remove the dirt and grime that have adhered to the car door over time.

Step 2 - Mark the Area of the Door

The car kick plates usually come in standard sizes thus make sure that the replacement kick plates that you will use have the same size as the old one. Measure the center of the car door and mark the areas on the replacement kick plates using chalk for the holes where the screw will be set into later, this will ensure a perfect fit.

Step 3 - Drill Holes on the Kick Plates

Drill holes on the new car kick plates precisely with the location found on the old kick plates that were removed earlier. Make sure that you drill the new holes on the chalk marks you have previously made on the replacement kick plate. This makes it easier to facilitate the installation of the new car kick plates to the car door. You do not need to drill new holes to install the plates as the existing holes are already sufficient to install the new kick plates on your car door.

Step 4 - Set the Car Kick Plates to the Car Door

For you to easily set the car kick plates to the car door, you can apply masking tape to temporarily set the kick plates to the car door. This allows you to work even without an assistant. Install the car kick plates to the car door by driving screws on different parts of the plates. Tighten the screws using a screwdriver. Check the tightness of the kick plates and once the new kick plates are installed, you can now remove the masking tape which held the plates temporarily to the car door.