07-08-2001, 08:45 AM
I saw a post a while ago that warned of paint damage under the mudflaps. I checked and sure enough I they have worn through the paint!. I have the low sport suspension, so the rear mudflaps often drag on driveway exits.
How should I repair the damage and what can I put in the area to protect the paint? I can't leave the mudflaps off now because the damage will be noticable even when repaired.
Steve A4 98.0 2.8QMS + mudflaps
07-09-2001, 06:14 AM
As for fixing the damage already done, well, it sounds like you need to have the affected area(s) professionally repainted.
07-09-2001, 01:22 PM
On the main board, X-pel was named as a source for clear material. After a little searching I found it and the bulk 3M Scotchcal material they sell. I will order some and try it.
I plan to fix the paint myself. You can't see the area, it's under the mudflap edge which is why people don't notice it. If I was to remove the mudflaps it would need professional repair, but I plan to just use touch-up paint, then cover with the clear film, and lastly put the mudflaps back on. There is no visual problem now, I just don't want to see rust running down the side someday.
Steve A4 98.0 2.8QMS + mudflaps!<ul><li><a href="http://www.xpel.com/bulk.html">X-pel</a></li></ul>
07-10-2001, 06:17 AM
The X-pel stuff comes in 12" widths, but Griot's sells something similar in 2" and 4" widths. If you're going to be cutting it down to such a width anyway, you might as well save a lot of money and buy the Griot's product, which being much smaller in width is also much less per foot. It's 12 mils thick.<ul><li><a href="http://www.griotsgarage.com/catalog.jsp?L1=L1_1000&L2=L2_1007&L3=L3_1090&SKU=77896">Clear protective strip at Griot's Garage</a></li></ul>