Neiko 20596B Ergonomic Soft Grip Trim Removal Tool Kit, 5-Piece

Last updated date: June 23, 2020

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9.4

Neiko 20596B Ergonomic Soft Grip Trim Removal Tool Kit, 5-Piece

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Overall Take

The five tools in this kit boast a combo of chrome plated steel heads plus soft handles for maximum grip. Their construction makes them ideal for removing stubborn components. The wide variety of notch sizes means they can handle oddly shaped clips and fasteners. In our analysis of 3 expert reviews, the Neiko Neiko Ergonomic Soft Grip Trim Removal Tool Kit, 5-Piece placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 23, 2020:
Checkout The Best Trim Removal Tool Kit for a detailed review of all the top trim removal tool kits.

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From The Manufacturer

Auto Trim Panel Removal Tool Set with soft grip and specially designed pivot point for leverage and protecting the panel and trim, 5-Piece

An Overview On Trim Removal Tool Kits

There are a lot of diverse skills needed when it comes to auto repair and restoration — and for everyone, there seems to be a different tool. Some jobs require a jeweler’s finesse, like detail work and engine tuning. Other jobs like tire changes need a strong arm.

And then there are jobs that need a little bit of both. The removal of interior cosmetic parts is a perfect example. Most door panels will pop off with the right amount of elbow grease, but do it the wrong way — or with the wrong tool — and you’ll end up scratching the panel or worse.

When it comes to removing almost anything inside your car, trim removal kits are like a magic wand. The name of these tools understates what they can do by a mile. With a fully stocked kit, you can remove not just trim, but door panels, splash panels, dashboard components, wheel hubs, upholstery and more. More importantly, a good kit will allow you to do it without harming the materials.

Finding the right kit for your needs can be a little intimidating because of the wide variety of tools they offer. Most of them won’t even have individual names or labeling as to what they can do (partially because they’re so versatile). They might be made of steel or some sort of composite plastic.

At a minimum, your trim removal tool kit should include at least one fastener remover. It will typically be a steel tool that resembles a skinny, miniature crowbar. You can use this bar to start the process of panel and upholstery removal by prying up any fasteners that hold them in place. In some cases, you can accomplish this task with a screwdriver, but the remover makes things go much quicker.

Along with that essential tool, you should also have an array of panel removal tools. Sometimes these will be made of steel, and if they are, you’ll want that steel to be durable and waterproof. More commonly, they’ll be made of some form of high-impact plastic. That’s for good reason: Plastic tools are much less likely to scrape up the paint, fiberglass or whatever surface your trim or paneling is attached to. Nylon fiber tends to be a better material than ABS plastic if you can get it, but a lot depends on how the individual pieces are made. Your tools should be durable enough to be used as a lever against stubborn components, but slightly bendable so that you can wedge them in between those cracks.

These tools should also have some notches at one end, which will enable them to remove lighter fasteners like those in car upholstery. They’ll also come in a wide variety of shapes and thicknesses, each of which is suited to a different job.

DWYM Fun Fact

Auto trim and interior effects can seem pretty disposable, but they were a selling point for a variety of special edition cars in the ’70s and ’80s.  One of the strangest examples was a partnership between the AMC Gremlin and the ever-popular Levi’s Jeans. As you might expect, the seats were made of nylon woven to look like denim, and accented with copper rivets — just like the blue jeans. While Levi’s signature jeans have aged fairly well over the years, we can’t say the same for the Gremlin.

The Trim Removal Tool Kit Buying Guide

  • Most people who have a trim removal kit might not even use it primarily for removing trim, but it will definitely be stored with the auto repair tools. But did you know you can use trim removal tools outside the car as well? They’re just as effective on furniture upholstery as they are at the type in your vehicle. You can even use them for prying off molding, baseboards or anything where a wedge will give you an edge.
  • Fastener removers can save a lot of headaches when it comes time to pry open interior panels and upholstery. The downside is that you probably won’t be able to use those fasteners again. To mitigate that, some larger trim removal kits include replacement fasteners in a variety of common types. These can be a lifesaver and well worth the few extra dollars.