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Scotchgard to Protect Car Paint from Trunk Rack

Old 06-11-10, 01:47 PM
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Scotchgard to Protect Car Paint from Trunk Rack

I just got a Corolla, and need to put a bike rack on it. I ultimately decided on a trunk rack from Yakima. I'm worried about scratching the paint of the car while the rack is mounted.

Has anyone put 3M automotive Scotchgard tape on the car surface that the rack touches to prevent marring the car finish? Am I being too paranoid??
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Old 06-11-10, 02:38 PM
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I too would like to hear some opinions on this.

I'm buying a Saris Bone 2 for my Audi A4, and I was worried about paint scratching.
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Old 06-11-10, 03:08 PM
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I've used the Scotchguard tape with great success. Use it!
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Old 06-11-10, 03:17 PM
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The spots where my trunk rack sits are noticeable on the paint, with tiny scratches and dulling. But my car is old and I don't care. The Scotchguard film looks good. But what if you leave it on for a few years--will the protected paint that was under the film not match the weathered paint on the rest of the car? So you probably need to cover the whole trunk?
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Use a high-quality wax on the roof. Put the scotch guard on the rack, not the roof.
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No, you're not paranoid. I've used squares of clear vinyl (the same as the 3-M Scotchguard, but without the crazy markup. I work in an industrial serigraphics shop, so we have tons of it lying about.) It works fine, but the edges of the vinyl are visible especially if you have a dark car. You can remove it easily if you change your mind.
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if you really want to protect the car, get a rack that does not touch the painted surfaces of the car.
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If you don't want anything that is permanently stuck on your paint job, get one of those stickers that go on via static. Works just as well and you can remove and re-use.
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