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Old 12-10-2012, 02:04 AM   #491
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Upon another inspection I found what is either a small mark in the 3M, or a small crack. I'll have to wash it and check at work tomorrow, in better light.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:42 AM   #492
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damn... it was a matter of time..
hope its not a crack
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:31 AM   #493
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Doh! That sucks, Bill.

Hopefully it's not a crack. If it is, you might be able to inject it with epoxy, or sand down the clear and re-clear the lip.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:53 PM   #494
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What do you use to keep the front black plastic area so shiny?

I know from one of the first posts on this thread that you said you used black vinyl wrap on the upper chrome one going "through" the Ford emblem, did you wrap the bottom areas as well?

Thanks!

I am going to have a lot more questions as I just got my 2012 Focus Sedan and love what you have done to yours! Please don't get mad! :)
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So, I took a closer look after washing the lip today. I still need to check the mounting holes underneath but there is some subtle damage. I tried to make it show up as best as I could in the pictures; in real life you have to know where to look for most of them, and even then they're pretty hard to see.

Underside, scrapes:



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This one is by far the most noticeable, it's on the passenger side. It's still pretty easily missed though. It looks worse here.



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What do you use to keep the front black plastic area so shiny?

I know from one of the first posts on this thread that you said you used black vinyl wrap on the upper chrome one going "through" the Ford emblem, did you wrap the bottom areas as well?

Thanks!

I am going to have a lot more questions as I just got my 2012 Focus Sedan and love what you have done to yours! Please don't get mad! :)
On the front end, the only black vinyl is on those chrome trim pieces. I'm assuming you mean the rest of the front grills? Those are the factory Piano Black.

As for keeping them clean, I just regulary wash the car. Right now it's averaging 1 - 1.5 weeks between washes.

And it's certainly fine, I'm glad you like it!
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Dang it Bill - those pics show the damage with horrible clarity - sorry man. What are your repair options??
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:06 PM   #497
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Right now, none. Aside from the last one the rest are near undetectable.

Repair would entail removing the lip, pulling off the 3M carefully (if it could be without excessive additional damage), some careful sanding and epoxy-ing of the areas, and then clear coating.

It's small enough in person that even I can deal with it. Given the cold weather I'll be keeping an eye on the damage to make sure it doesn't spread, but for now I'll let it be. I think the layer of 3M over the entire thing helped.
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Why not remove the lip for the winter months? Is the removal process that involved?
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It's mounted to the 3M wrapped portion of the bumper with heavy duty tape.

I don't care to deal with that, nor do I have the time right now.
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Oy. I see what you mean, I wouldn't either.
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