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Old 01-15-2009, 06:32 PM   #1
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Hi folks,

I'm not exactly sure what it is that I'm looking for but I need some sort of clear tape like rockblocker or 3m clear bra to put on my roof to protect it from my roof rack. I need some for under the fairing and under the yakima towers.

Looking for bellevue, redmond, issaquah areas. I checked schucks in eastgate and no luck.

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Old 01-15-2009, 06:33 PM   #2
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how about something like this?

http://www.bestskinsever.com/servlet...-To-Fit/Detail

I don't know if its big enough for the fairing, but it should be for the towers.
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:42 PM   #3
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just a thought: I recently the a clear bra done on my sti. I was talking with the guy about putting this product on other parts of the car. Basically you could clear-bra anything and so long as the dimensions do not exceed the role, the sky is the limit. why not consider a strip of clear-bra type product down the length of the area where the rack goes? talk it up with your local "clear-bra" type installer and see what they can come up with.
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:00 PM   #4
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^^^that's kind of what i was thinking, but don't know where to get that stuff.

i wonder if the product in the link 12sechatch would work. I don't necessarily need something for the entire fairing, just the contact points. However, I'd rather have one longer strip than 4 individual squares. I suppose that would be better than the blue painter's tape I was using. hahahaha

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Old 01-15-2009, 07:17 PM   #5
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^^^that's kind of what i was thinking, but don't know where to get that stuff.

i wonder if the product in the link 12sechatch would work. I don't necessarily need something for the entire fairing, just the contact points. However, I'd rather have one longer strip than 4 individual squares. I suppose that would be better than the blue painter's tape I was using. hahahaha

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well, if you are looking for just small pieces, maybe call a "clear-bra" place and ask if they have what to them would be scrap that they could give you for *cough* for free?... When I got a tour of the little place that did my car, the stuff just come on roles, gets cut to shape and stuck on. doing larger pieces take some more doing, but small stuff, you could just cut it to shape.

Whatever you settle on, post it up b/c I am sure others would be interested in something that works (ie is strong enough to hold up to roof-rack mounts).
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:32 PM   #6
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There is a thread on here somewhere, atleast I think I remember seeing it somewhere, about someone doing this. He just used scrap 3M clear bra material.

I believe the site that I sent you to uses VERY similar stuff, it might just not be as thick, ie. 3mil thick instead of 5mil. But I do think that it will serve your purpose very well, as this stuff is pretty tough (on my iphone, as well as other electronics).

I would however put a call and or PM to Dave at SRP and see if he can get you some 3M scrap. I'm sure he can, and that would be worth a phone call for sure.
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:03 PM   #7
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if i put my rack back on i want to do the same thing...slap down some scrap 3m clearbra
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:05 PM   #8
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:21 PM   #9
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:27 PM   #10
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I asked Solar Reflections about the same type of thing because my bindings were rubbing on my roof. They said they can custom fab something.
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:19 PM   #11
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a member of legacygt.com came up with the perfect solution... just got my rack mounted last week...

Yakima Q-Tower Paint Protectors
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:20 PM   #12
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he includes 8 pieces for $7.99 shipped
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:23 PM   #13
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maybe we can get him to make some pieces for under the fairing as well! im still looking for a fairing and im gonna need protection for that when i can find one!
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Old 01-16-2009, 04:27 PM   #14
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i think i'm just going to order those. probably be a long time before I can make it over to SRP (not that i've even ever been there). Since it include 8 pieces (and assuming 1 piece is big enough for the tower) it would be simple enough to just cut them for the fairing. One roof wide piece would be cool, but not entirely necessary.

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Old 01-16-2009, 04:42 PM   #15
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yeah its 8 identical pieces that are about a 1/4" larger than the footprint of the tower.... i guess just in case you mess one or 2 up while locating the correct position.
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:42 PM   #16
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I did this last year and it is still working great to prevent scratches/wear. I just put some pieces 3" x 8" where my Yakima towers would be contacting the roof.
I bought a couple of squares of material from rockblocker, though if I remember correctly it took them a VERY LONG time to actually send them to me. I would suggest buying the material from somewhere else (unless rockblocker has improved since my experience last year).
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:09 PM   #17
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I asked Solar Reflections about the same type of thing because my bindings were rubbing on my roof. They said they can custom fab something.
We sure can! We have it in a bulk roll they can be cut to any size and shape you want!
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:21 PM   #18
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welp, may as well support a vendor.

PM on its way SRP...

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Old 01-17-2009, 02:36 AM   #19
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Check this out.

http://www.ventureshield.com/

Worth a look at least.

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Old 01-18-2009, 12:25 PM   #20
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yeah the fairing seems to cause as much or more scraping damage...
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:58 PM   #21
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hey Joel, what did you end up doing? cost?
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:32 PM   #22
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a member of legacygt.com came up with the perfect solution... just got my rack mounted last week...

Yakima Q-Tower Paint Protectors
ended up going with this.

he was out of stock for a long time which is why i never got back to this thread. I ended up getting a few extra pieces and $ back. his communication was great!

as far as the actual pieces, they're pretty thin. I didn't do a very good job putting the front two pieces on. I may have the rack installed wrong, but the foot doesn't sit on the paint only, so the protector is on the paint and some of the rubber gutter. plus, i made the mistake of touching the sticky part and so there are two very distinct finger prints. The two rear pieces went on perfect. when I peel the fronts off to re-apply i'll let you know how well they did protecting the paint.

the other thing is I'm not so sure if I really need them. I cleaned up the paint (clean, machinge polish, wax) before I put them on. the part where the feet go cleaned up really well. I'd had my racks on for a few weeks at that point so there was a definite footprint from the racks. I was pretty surprised it cleaned up completely.

I also cut up one of the pieces to stick under the fairing. I think these are very necessary. I have a lot of deeper scratches where there are contact points. The only thing now is when I go to polish/wax the roof, i have to go around the pieces.

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An old trick for the acrylic fairings are to get some rubber or vinyl vacuum hose, and split it down one side. Then you just slide it over the edge of the fairing.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:03 PM   #24
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Hey, One more source for future reference; your local auto paint supply. I picked up 4 sheets of 3m protection (1ft^2) for $5. They came in a single package and I believe more than one thickness is available.

End of season just heat it up a bit and peel it off when the rack comes off. My film had sand embedded in it under the post locations, but no paint contact. Cheap $5 investment.

If you bring cash, pick up some (bulk) polish and wax and ask nicely most counter assistants will bill you under a commercial account and save you a little too. Hope this helps.
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