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Old 03-21-2002, 01:42 PM   #1
Ajax77
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Angry So I took off my Moonroof Deflector...

... and my paint is totally messed up where the rubber was in contact with the roof.

I bought my car last November, and never bothered to remove the roof deflector, even though I didn't really like the loko of it that much. My car is a '99 RBP, as you can see in my details to the left. So last night I decided that I was bored and thought, "Hey! I'll take off my moonroof deflector!" It took me a whole 2 minutes to do that, and when I pulled up the deflector, I saw what I expected, which was a lot of grime. I got myself a wet rag and started to wipe off the nastiness. Unfortunately, when I started cleaning my roof, I noticed that I had a beautiful paint discoloration where the rubber used to be on the deflector. I did it in my garage last night and I haven't had a chance to see it in full daylight, so we'll see how it is when I get home, but I'm feeling a little miffed at this point. Oh, and I also noticed that I've got some nice little paint chips that were under the rubber.

When I get home, I'll give my car a proper cleaning and we'll see how extensive the damage is. If it's real bad, you can understand that I'm going to be in a dark mood, to say the least.

So, just a warning for anyone with a moonroof deflector, either take the puppy off once and a while and clean under it, or don't use one at all. I'm going to recommend the "don't use at all" idea. I don't know if the discoloration was because of the rubber or just having crap stuck there for 3 years, but it's bad either way.

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Old 03-21-2002, 03:27 PM   #2
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Forgot to mention something.

Just in case the paint isn't discolored and it's just still really dirty, is there anything anyone might recommend to clean the surface? I'm not a detailing buff, so I don't know if there are any good products out there to give your car that "deep down clean."

Thanks!

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Old 03-21-2002, 05:31 PM   #3
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I took mine off, and I have minimal damage. However, I put it back on because the wind noise coming into the car was deafening.
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Old 03-21-2002, 05:42 PM   #4
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I took mine off and had some damage (the paint was still intact). It helped to buff and wax it - it's pretty much ok now. I think the damage is mainly from the rubber. I might put mine back on some day, permanently (or not?).
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Old 03-21-2002, 09:10 PM   #5
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I took mine off last summer, i had the same deal, mostly alot of dirt and grim, i scrubbed it really good and got most of it off there is still a small bit of discoloration there but i can live with it. Makes the car look a little leaner and meaner
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Old 03-22-2002, 12:23 AM   #6
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I had mine on for about three months. I couldn't stand it anymore and took it off. Had some damage from the visor itself scratching the paint. (Nothing real major) As for the gunk from the paint itself, I used a bug and tar remover that was safe on clear coats. Then I just washed my car and waxed it.


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