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Old 05-30-2013, 01:23 PM   #1
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Paint damage w/ Thule roof rack

Hello everyone

I'm new here, so please excuse me if this topic has been beaten to death...

Anyway, I bought a Thule roof rack for my Golf and was wondering if anyone has experienced any paint damage from leaving the rack on more often than not. I haven't installed it yet (waiting for the fit kit to get here), but have read of people placing 3M vinyl tape underneath the "feet" of the rack to avoid paint damage/fading. Is this really necessary? There are what looks to be rubber pads underneath. Will leaving the vinyl tape stuff on all the time ruin the paint?

I'm just a bit confused; I've never heard of anyone doing that before.

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Old 05-30-2013, 01:34 PM   #2
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You've got a hatch, put the bike in there instead.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:39 PM   #3
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My thule foot set came with clear film to put under the feet... but i didn't use it. Bars have been I for 1.5 years, and come off to clay/wax... No damage to speak of.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:41 PM   #4
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You've got a hatch, put the bike in there instead.
Not a very helpful answer. Besides, it's a real PIA taking the bike in and out all the time. Just pick up those clear 3M tape to put under the feet....and you'll be fine.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:48 PM   #5
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Well of course attaching external equipment that is sure to get dirt and grime under it and then vibrate will eventually cause damage. Just a question of how noticeable it gets.

I fit both my and my wife's bike in the hatch due to paint and mileage concerns.
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:04 PM   #6
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The only damage I ever received was from the fairing feet.

I have a OEM rack with Thules fairing. On my mkv I ran it year round. When removing it I found the fairing feet acted like sand paper and left 4 spots on the roof. Dirt got between and just rubbed and rubbed. Thule sells protection for that.... Use it.

No damage came from the feet.... But it was OEM so I don't know if that applies....
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:44 PM   #7
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I found the fairing feet acted like sand paper and left 4 spots on the roof. Dirt got between and just rubbed and rubbed.
I actually never thought about that, very good point. I am definitely going to use the tape. Seems like an inexpensive solution to a potentially very expensive and unsightly problem.

Thanks everyone for your quick replies. This forum is awesome!
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:45 PM   #8
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:47 PM   #9
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I've been running the votex bars off and on for the last year. Just make sure the pads and roof are clean. A nice coat of wax on the roof and door jams will help eliminate any issues as well.
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I don't use the clear vinyl.

It's a pain in the ass to install, and it always ends up looking like crap over time.

Just make sure you keep your car clean, wax the roof before installing the rack, and make sure the pads are clean.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:30 PM   #11
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Never saw the attachment points, but as rec above, clean, wax and use the 3M clear to protect the top.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:31 PM   #12
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I don't use the clear vinyl.

It's a pain in the ass to install, and it always ends up looking like crap over time.

Just make sure you keep your car clean, wax the roof before installing the rack, and make sure the pads are clean.
I used those 3m pads on my MK4. It was a black car but they left awful lines on the roof from fading. Personally with a little cleaning and wax it will be fine.
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:08 PM   #13
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My Thule rack came with the 3M tape fore the feet and the Thule fairing also came with little 3M squares as well. No paint damage yet. Just take your time applying the 3M tape and you should be fine. My 3M tape does not look like crap; you can't hardly see it when properly applied.
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I went to a local tint shop and they cut me some clear film pieces to go under the feet of my racks. You would never notice them unless you were looking for it.
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