Door Sill Vinyl Protector Covers for the 6th Gen Bronco – Quick Installation Guide & Review
The 6th Gen Ford Bronco door sill guards are essential for protecting the portion of the body under the kick panel – “the sill”. The protection guards serve as both a stylish add-on in addition to adding real-world value; protecting the Bronco’s paint.
Let’s look at the top 3 reasons why you might want to lay down a set of these for your two-door or four-door Bronco.
- Protection: The primary purpose of door sill guards is to protect the painted surface of the door sills from damage caused by dirty/muddy shoes, and debris – mostly from passengers getting in and out of the vehicle. The Bronco specifically has a very large door sil that’s prone to scratches, scuffs, dings, and scrapes. In addition to that, many people actually think the door sills are a step. You might have seen some of the guards actually labeled “this is not a step” to prevent people from stepping on this area. I personally think that verbiage is a little overkill, but hey… to each their own. With a set of sil guards applied, you can gain a little bit of confidence in the fact that you’re preventing (at some level) unwanted scratches, scuffs, and overall damage to your paint.
- Looks: Not only do the sil guards protect your paint, but they can often be customized to match your style and build specs. There are a ton of sil guards on Amazon, Etsy, and other retail websites that offer different vinyl types, finishes, colors, patterns, horse colorways, and more. You can even have some companies custom print your company logo or any design you want.
- Resale Value: With a set installed on all corners of your Bronco, they can help maintain the vehicle’s resale value. Well-maintained body paint around the doors and door jambs goes a long way when someone is opening that door for the first time.
Find it online
- Fast Intentions Four Door Sil Guards: Check Price
- Cheaper Options on Amazon: Check Prices
- Felt Edge Vinyl Squeegee Tool: Check Price
Door Sill Protectors Overview
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Fast Intensions features the horse logo printed in the center of the vinyl aligned to the top so that when the material wraps around the door sill, it’s somewhat centered within the sill. They offer a handful of options for colors; Active Orange, Area 51, Grabber Blue, Carbonized Gray, Cactus Gray, Race Red, White, or No Logo (All Black).
- 3M Controltac Printable Calendar Film
- Clear Textured Laminate
- Air release channels help eliminate air bubbles
- Easy Installation & easy removal with little to no residue clean-up
- Available in a wide array of horse colors, to no logo at all
- 4 Door Dims: (Front 16-1/2″ x 3″) / (Rear 9″ x 3″)
- 2 Door Dims: 23″ x 3″
- Sill Guards are sold in a set of 2 (2-Door) / set of 4 (4-Door)
- Made in the USA
If you were wondering why you should grab a set of these, just look at the current state of my door sills. It’s almost impossible to step over this section when you’re jumping into the Bronco – especially when you’re running 37″ tires and a 3″ lift. I cleaned the sills often, but after noticing a few scuffs and scratches, I knew it was time for some sill guards.
Step 1. Clean Door Sill
Before you get started, just clean off the sills and while you’re in there, you might as well hit the door jambs all the way around.
Step 2. Peel Back 3M Film
For the application process, start by peeling back the long horizontal portion of the vinyl. This allows you to position the vinyl parallel to the kick panel on an even plane all the way across the sill. If you start from the top down or the bottom up, that will yield a more consistent line all the way across the sill. If you try your application from left to right or vice-versa, you’re more than likely to end up with a line that doesn’t line up with the kick panel.
Step 3. Mock Up Placement
On the first decal, I applied it from the top down and then for the rest of them I applied the vinyl from the bottom up. I found that the vinyl was less prone to bubbles and air pockets when moving up the sill instead of down the sill. The application will go much smoother if you have a felt-edge vinyl squeegee tool. I’m actually surprised that Fast Intentions doesn’t provide one in their kit. Most of the vinyl kits on the market provide one of these since they’re so cheap. You can buy them in bulk for around 50 cents per piece or around $3 for one on Amazon. It’s also a nice tool to have on hand for random stuff like this.
Step 4. Carefully Place 3M Film
For the actual placement, you want at least 1/2″ of the vinyl overlapping the lip of the sill. That’s where most of the contact is made with shoes entering the Bronco. Take your time with this step and line it up the best you can before you peel off the 3M backing to lay it down. If you’re unsure about laying it down, pre-mark the top and bottom with a piece of masking tape. That way, you can line everything up until it’s 100% perfect.
This is such a simple mod yet offers a ton of protection for a very vulnerable spot on the Bronco. I highly recommend getting a set of these sill guards. They offer some much-needed protection and they look great.