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Old 11-22-2017, 04:04 PM   #1
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Roof Rack Paint Damage?

So I had the OEM VW roof rack on my car for a few months and after taking it off I noticed some hazing at all 4 corners. I couldn't get it off polishing by hand so I'll try my DA later in the week. Kinda pissed.

Is this a common occurrence? And yes, I washed and waxed the car prior to install.

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Old 11-22-2017, 08:03 PM   #2
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Looks like trapped moisture from the feet caused issues with the clear coat.
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:40 PM   #3
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Looks like trapped moisture from the feet caused issues with the clear coat.
Would it be better to just use the roof rack as necessary? Take it on and off whenever I want to go biking? Or does constantly removing and installing cause problems as well?
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Old 11-24-2017, 07:47 PM   #4
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Would it be better to just use the roof rack as necessary? Take it on and off whenever I want to go biking? Or does constantly removing and installing cause problems as well?
If it's going to cause that much damage having it fitted all the time I would only use it when needed.
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Old 11-24-2017, 09:28 PM   #5
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This is a common problem with virtually any rack on my cars, wet sand and polish then use clear paint protection on the paint before re install, there are pre cut films for this same issue.



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Old 11-24-2017, 09:32 PM   #6
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Would it be better to just use the roof rack as necessary? Take it on and off whenever I want to go biking? Or does constantly removing and installing cause problems as well?


If you go biking once every few months then maybe, but if you are not careful and damage the paint while installing it on and off then that's an issue.

Protect the paint before you install a roof rack, do not just wax the paint


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Old 11-25-2017, 02:04 AM   #7
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If you go biking once every few months then maybe, but if you are not careful and damage the paint while installing it on and off then that's an issue.

Protect the paint before you install a roof rack, do not just wax the paint


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I usually bike at least once a week so taking it off and on is probably too much. Going to try polishing tomorrow with the DA.

Looks laminx sells vinyl squares for this. Hopefully it's thick enough.

https://www.amazon.com/Lamin-x-Roof-.../dp/B0136V37UO
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Old 11-25-2017, 02:10 AM   #8
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I usually bike at least once a week so taking it off and on is probably too much. Going to try polishing tomorrow with the DA.



Looks laminx sells vinyl squares for this. Hopefully it's thick enough.



https://www.amazon.com/Lamin-x-Roof-.../dp/B0136V37UO


Yeah is not worth the potential damage , first time I installed mine it slipped off my hands and I was lucky that I didn't scratch the paint .

I have the vinyl installed and it does work. Good luck


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Old 11-27-2017, 04:12 PM   #9
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Oh man then I don't even want to know what mine looks like.
It's been on for 2 years straight lol...
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Old 12-02-2017, 03:57 AM   #10
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Oh man then I don't even want to know what mine looks like.
It's been on for 2 years straight lol...
Yeah I'd be scared to take that off.

I ended up polishing with the DA and got most of the haze out but there's some leftover marks. I guess I could try compound and a more aggressive pad? It looks pretty bad though.


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Old 12-02-2017, 07:49 AM   #11
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That is odd. No issues here and I have mine (oem rack) on for 5-6 months a year. 2.5 yrs of usage.

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Old 12-02-2017, 11:53 AM   #12
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Mines damaged worse than that. First car of three brand new Volkswagen (two mk6 as well) I've installed a rack on WITH damage, but here's my two bits of incite.

A. When I decided to haul kayaks, my roof box, etc on the car I pretty much wrote off something would happen to the paint (it happens

B. Took a deep breath and realized it's just a daily driver, never gonna be a show car, and the slight imperfections are out weighed by the extra functionality I get with the rack.

It sucks. I mean I don't have an R, but a new gti isn't something I consider "cheap" and I still park it away from everyone to protect it from door dings, but l can live with some scuffs for a more practical fun daily
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Old 12-03-2017, 04:40 AM   #13
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This is part of why I use hitch racks. They have their downsides too, but good ones like the Torklift are so well hidden it's not an issue (and I have the rack on the car for 3/4 of the year anyway!)

Of course, you're not going to carry Kayaks on them any time soon.
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:50 PM   #14
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I took my OEM rack off for the winter today after having it installed for ~2 months. I had the same marks in my paint as pictured above (mine is Deep Black Pearl though). I cleaned the car prior to installation just like the OP did. Luckily, I was able to get mine out with the DA using a red pad and a quick hit of 3M Imperial Hand Glaze followed by a more thorough HD Speed polish/wax.

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Old 12-04-2017, 08:54 PM   #15
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Roof Rack Paint Damage?

This will help or you could cut your own


https://www.ecstuning.com/Volkswagen...nt_Protection/


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Old 12-04-2017, 09:16 PM   #16
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^ was going to say, use PPF under.

OP, what type of pad? I would use a Megs microfiber cutting with m105, then finish with a foam

My brother just installed one with fairing, and the Yakima has just plastic that sits on the roof. For now, we used painters tape until we grab some rubber to put under it
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Old 12-05-2017, 04:46 PM   #17
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^ was going to say, use PPF under.

OP, what type of pad? I would use a Megs microfiber cutting with m105, then finish with a foam

My brother just installed one with fairing, and the Yakima has just plastic that sits on the roof. For now, we used painters tape until we grab some rubber to put under it
I used an orange uber polishing pad with meguiars ultimate polish. I do have a green uber pad that's a little more aggressive and a compound pad. Probably should've tried that too.

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