GU patrol wheel arch moulds (Scratches)

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 19:10
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Any one out there have any tricks to rub the scratches out of the black plastic wheel arches?

Can't see how myself but you never know!

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Reply By: Member - Stillthinkinaboutit - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 19:18

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 19:18
Don't try fine wet and dry sand paper.
It definately does not help !

'Black Wax' or ' Black Magic' and a tooth brush is the best I have been able to achieve. Still can't get rid of the deep ones though.

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Reply By: AdrianLR - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 21:15

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 21:15
It's rather drastic but one of mine was scraped against a brick wall and the local panel beater removed it,filled & sanded it and sprayed it black. It lost the texture but with a satin paint was not noticable unless you knew what to look for.

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Adrian
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Reply By: fishskin - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 22:55

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 22:55
Hard to say without a photo, but try something like a plastic paint( we use the wurth: brand) comes in diff. shades of black!, should hide most of it. apply with a rag - might have to do whole arch to match perfectly...
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Reply By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 23:21

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 23:21
I am always jealous of you guys with the standard black arches. I have a ST-L that has colour coded trim and it is looking very messy after the trips I have done. I did use some of that paint on latex stuff to protect it in the first year or so but I forgot one trip and now the rear arches are really peppered.

I will go to one of those "Chips Away" bumper specialists for a touch up when I come to sell.

By the way, I think that the ST now comes standard with painted arches.

Kings
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Follow Up By: madcow - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 08:20

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 08:20
You will find that the front mudflaps do not protect the rear flares. There is room for stones etc to come from the front tyre directly to the flare. Some sheet rubber screwed onto the mudflap works well.

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Reply By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 23:58

Thursday, Jun 02, 2005 at 23:58
Andrew,

I use a Maguires product, not sure what it's called "Trim Detail" or something like that, doesn't remove the scratches but does make them less visable, easy to apply just squirt on to a rag and rub in, re-apply when needed.

Browny
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Reply By: GUPatrol - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 10:00

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 10:00
The best way is to cover them....

With more scratches..... I've given up!!

The rear ones in mine are pelted with stone damage... from the front wheels...

Painted ones on new models or ST-L are even worse.

The plastic used is very soft and cannot be fixed.
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Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 18:52

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 18:52
"and cannot be fixed"
You're just not using a big enough hammer!

I've gone the same way with covering them with more scratches. If theres a big scratch on an immaculate flare, it stands out.... Keep hacking thru scrub and you'll soon be rid of any menacing polished sections, and it will all blend nicely.
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Follow Up By: V8Diesel - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 19:06

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 19:06
Bit of bush work and the problem 'goes way' of it's own accord. Mine just ripped straight off the first time I used my GU off road;-)
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Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 19:20

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 19:20
Beaut! one less thing to polish!
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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 19:19

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 19:19
If they are smooth, shiny plastic .... use Brasso, then for finer finish use Silvo or Autosol!
Works on CDs & perspex etc!
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 21:48

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 21:48
Yes! brasso will fix ABS, acrylic, Polycarbonate, and othere similar materials but the GU flares are made of Polypropylene,, you cant do anything with them unfortunately. Michael
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Reply By: Peter McGuckian (Member) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 10:23

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 10:23
I recntly made some deep alterations to the LHS black wheel arch on the concrete pillar at work. I have sued black sikaflex to fill - shaped with a rag soaked in solvent - the spayed matt black. Not perfect but OK.

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