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Old 06-27-2010, 06:21 PM
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Anybody try or know about the 3m scotch guard film. My fiber glass tonneau cover is slightly rubbing against the side of my bed and sratching my paint. I was thinking about putting the 3m tape to prevent further damage. Does anybody know about this product or have any ideas on the best way to fix this problem. I adjusted the clamps on the cover already to the highest setting. It helped but still getting a little rub. The mopar cover is cut real snug along the bed.
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It would wear through pretty quickly.

It might be easier to file down the tonneau cover a bit to get some clearance.
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The 3M ScotchCal product is awesome! I've had it on every vehicle since my 2001 Lexus IS300. It does wonders to protect from rock chips and scratches (like on your door sill or under your door handle pulls). I just got my Sport and had my installer cover every incho f the forward-facing surfaces on the front, plus door pulls, door sills, and under the mud flaps. That plus X-Pel headlight protection is the best insurance you can get to preserve the look of your vehicle.

As for using it to protect from rubbing by your fiberglass tonneau, that is a tough question. Fiberglass is pretty abrasive and it may well eat through the ScotchCal eventually too. It all depends how tightly it is touching. If you can reposition the tonneau so it barely touches then the ScotchCal would work (i.e. like mud flaps). But if it presses hard it wont' help that much. Better than nothing though. Maybe you can just buy a bit of the product from some installer and replace it yourself every year or so as it wears through.

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where does one get the scotchcal put on?
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Most (many?) dealers will contract with an installer so you can work through them. They'll rape you on price though. Try to find an independent installer in your area and work directly with them. Talk to some auto custom shops (like places that do window tint) and see if they can refer you to someone.

You can also go to the Xpel web site and use their dealer search tool to find local installers. Xpel is the same type of product. I've never used their paint protection film but I do buy their headlight protection kits.

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The rub is slight and not that bad, but it's just enough to burn the paint. I can get it out with a wheel. I know if I don't try and stop it now it will get worse. I was thinking about shaving it down a little bit but there it's pretty thin already and don't want to chance it. Also anybody know a good product to protect the edges of the doors, like a rubber guard?
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Chances are if it's that light then ScotchCal will work well to protect the paint. Worst case the ScotchCal is sacrificial and you can replace it as needed if it starts to wear through, while still keeping nice paint underneath.

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Seems like it's worth a shot, I will have to look more into it and see if it's worth it.
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Anybody try or know about the 3m scotch guard film. My fiber glass tonneau cover is slightly rubbing against the side of my bed and sratching my paint. I was thinking about putting the 3m tape to prevent further damage. Does anybody know about this product or have any ideas on the best way to fix this problem. I adjusted the clamps on the cover already to the highest setting. It helped but still getting a little rub. The mopar cover is cut real snug along the bed.
Before I put my cap on I ordered the 4" film from griots garage....it works great......hope that helps.
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I have used x-pel on all my vehicles, the stuff is Great! Mainly the headlights but I will do the door sills and high impact spots as needed. Definitely worth the $$. I buy it by the foot and cut myself to save $ too.
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