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Old 06-18-2013, 08:52 PM   #1
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Protecting the plastic interior pieces?

I have a question about protecting the plastic interior pieces in the focus. Because of my boyfriend and his lack of a car, I tend to treat my sedan like a truck. I'm constantly loading and unloading really heavy speakers, hugs subs and mopeds in the back seat and regardless of how careful I am (and how ridiculously uncareful he is ) the plastic pieces on the back doors and the pillars in the back are getting torn up bad pretty quickly. I was planning on just getting a hatch to compensate and have more room but I can't really afford it at the moment and I love my sedan too much to part ways with her.

I want to protect the plastic as much as I can from the really deep scratches and I was thinking of doing some sort of clear vinyl or something like that but I'm not sure how much protection this would give me. Do you guys have any ideas on what I could do (besides slap the boyfriend)? Hahah

Any ideas or suggestions are totally welcome! I will be eternally grateful!

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Moving this to "MK1 Interior Mods & Upgrades" Karyn. Not sure if they make anything to protect the plastic parts to be honest with you. Are you talking about something that is permanent or something that you can remove and put back in when needed? I have some of that 3M clear vinyl protector stuff that you use on the exterior, but I am not sure how well it will adhere to plastic though.
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Duct tape, new boy freind, plastidip, old blankets, cut up old jeans and stitch them up to slip on pillers and things like a sock, a couple layers of saran rap heated with a hair drier(turns it hard and molds into what ever shape(at least that's what I'm told)) ???

Never heard of anything quite like your asking that isn't permanent like DIY bed liner, lol...
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Thanks don! I really didn't know the best spot for that post, it kinda seemed to fit in numerous sub areas of the forum.

How protective is the 3M? I'd like something that I can just leave on there, but really I'd do just about anything. The scratches that are there already are pretty deep and I want to keep more from happening.
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Duct tape, new boy freind, plastidip, old blankets, cut up old jeans and stitch them up to slip on pillers and things like a sock, a couple layers of saran rap heated with a hair drier(turns it hard and molds into what ever shape(at least that's what I'm told)) ???

Never heard of anything quite like your asking that isn't permanent like DIY bed liner, lol...
Bed liner might be interesting, but I'm not sure how that'd look in the interior. I'll check it out and see what's up. I wouldn't want to do just the back pillars though.

I could totally just cover the pillars in some sort of thicker fabric (using your sock idea hahah) but that still leaves the insides of the doors.

I guess I could just make him wrap all his stuff in bubble wrap or something like that, but I doubt I could make that stick in the long term.

Ditching the boyfriend seems like the easiest option, but sadly enough I'm kinda fond if him, the music he plays and our mopeds so that's a no go.
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Your other half needs to just be more considerate! Shipping blankets aren't that expensive, removable, washable... it's not his car to destroy... c'est la vie.

3M clear bra film is a few mils thick and is fairly resistent to tearing; but if your beau is loading stuff like a , it could still get torn and gouge the interior. Plush while it is removable; you may end up having to use a cleaner to get some of the sticky backing if it stays on too long. The existing gouges are going to be vulnerable to easy puncture and bubbles in the application stage unless you knock the edges down somehow.

So I suggest his ass use blankets or shipping blankets for more rugged stuff... and act like you ARE doing him a favor!
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Your other half needs to just be more considerate! Shipping blankets aren't that expensive, removable, washable... it's not his car to destroy... c'est la vie.

3M clear bra film is a few mils thick and is fairly resistent to tearing; but if your beau is loading stuff like a , it could still get torn and gouge the interior. Plush while it is removable; you may end up having to use a cleaner to get some of the sticky backing if it stays on too long. The existing gouges are going to be vulnerable to easy puncture and bubbles in the application stage unless you knock the edges down somehow.

So I suggest his ass use blankets or shipping blankets for more rugged stuff... and act like you ARE doing him a favor!
I guess I could have presented the situation in a better light, I volunteered to help him pick up the stuff every other week when he has shows and since he can't drive a stick I'm always there with him. I understand accidents happen because we are usually trying to load everything in quickly and get out of places, but I'd like to know that my car is protected just in case. He's not slamming stuff in there on purpose (at least I freaking hope not, I'll stab him) but we're all a little clumsy sometimes.

That being said it still sucks! I'm liking the idea of a clear protectant, I think I'll try the 3M stuff if I can get my hands on it and keep some moving blankets in the trunk that I can flip out and cover everything while everything is going in and out. I didn't even think of those really! Good call!

I guess if the 3M isn't thick enough just wrap the pillars in a fabric of some sort or maybe plastidip them? I'm not sure how thick that stuff is actually or how that would look...

Should I just sand down the scrapes that are already there and hope for the best or would I need to repaint them after sanding them down? Regardless it's already noticeable, I just wanna stop anything worse from happening.
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From the way it sounds the interior parts are pretty bad. I would get some nice spare pieces and install them when the hauling is done. (That might be easy for me to say since I can go to a dirt cheap junkyard with a high Focus turnover.)

...Or just remove the paneling until further notice.
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From the way it sounds the interior parts are pretty bad. I would get some nice spare pieces and install them when the hauling is done. (That might be easy for me to say since I can go to a dirt cheap junkyard with a high Focus turnover.)

...Or just remove the paneling until further notice.
^^^this. The first gen Foci are now plentiful in pick 'n' pull scrap yards; decent interior is cheaper NOWHERE else.

Wait, wait, wait...

Your boyfriend can not drive stick?!? tsk, tsk!

Good luck with the junk yards!
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Bed liner might be interesting, but I'm not sure how that'd look in the interior. I'll check it out and see what's up. I wouldn't want to do just the back pillars though.

I could totally just cover the pillars in some sort of thicker fabric (using your sock idea hahah) but that still leaves the insides of the doors.

I guess I could just make him wrap all his stuff in bubble wrap or something like that, but I doubt I could make that stick in the long term.

Ditching the boyfriend seems like the easiest option, but sadly enough I'm kinda fond if him, the music he plays and our mopeds so that's a no go.
Well just so you know, they do make pink bed liner


realistically that's probably not the best solution though, just load up on extra blankets/towels and wrap his gear before tossing it in the car. Teach that man to drive stick already too

I cant remember what instrument you said he plays but if you are handy with the sewing machine, you could just make covers for his gear. He will like it because it will protect his stuff and you will like it for protecting your car. Patch on his band's name and he will look even more legit.

http://www.thegearpage.net/board/sho....php?t=1056544
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