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Today it was in the lower sixties, so I washed my baby. I was so bummed!!!!! The paint in front of the rear wheel well looked as if it had over spray on, grayish white. I discovered to my horror that it was the paint or I guess the clear coat. It almost looks as if it was sandblasted!!! This isn't my first black truck/car, I had others for years and not had them look this bad!!! Anyone else have this problem??? :cry
 

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If you're driving on roads that have been sanded, it could be an accumulation of a lot of tiny rock chips. It's a bit better if you have running boards, but the same thing will happen to any color.

I parked mine to make sure that didn't happen. There's only one black one in the area, and his is a daily driver - the paint at the front of the rear fenders was pretty well gone after he made a couple of trips through the mountains, but the hood still looked pretty good - most of the damage was from sand churned up by the front wheels.

I took the plastic rear fender protectors off this fall - really cleaned up the look of the truck. I'm going to repaint them - look pretty good, but definitely some rock damage - and put them back on for long road trips.

Unfortunately, one of the downsides of owning a really unique, sculptured vehicle.

I've got a Duramax with running boards, and very little damage, even though it's constantly on bad roads in the winter.

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Running boards will not completely protect the rear fenders from debris thrown up by the front tires. The rear fender protectors were designed to be replaced when they get dinged up.
 

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Chip Guards

Stretch,
One thing you might check into is the spray plateing like RICK418CARS has on his custom SSR :cool (CHECK HOT ROD POWER TOUR THREAD AND LOOK FOR THE PIC OF THE COPPER AND CREAM COLORED SSR).
I have checked with one company named GoldTouch inc. That sells the equipment for this operation. You may contact them to see if there is some one close to your area that has the equipment and would be willing to do a set for you. As I understand it from the brochures I recieved, the top coat can be tinted for differant colors (ie. chrome red, chrome blue, maybe even chrome black) Their web site is www.goldtouchinc.com and the contact I had was Frank Petriello, 1-800-940-7874. :thumbs
I was looking into getting a system from him, but just couldn't part with that kind of cash right now.
 

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The fender protectors are fairly easy to remove, if you take the running boards off first. One small metal clip at the bottom needs to be slipped out from behind the fender, the carefully and slowly peel them back as you go upward. The really tough job is getting rid of all the residue from 2 sided tape.

If you're lucky most of the damage will be on the protectors. They can be repainted and reinstalled fairly easily.

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I have a black ssr 04 I have had it since Monday and my fender protectors are all chiped up already so I am glad I am not the only person with this problem, I just hope the rest of the paint job holds up better, I had a 350z a while ago and every time I took it for a ride I would get a new chip in the paint..
 

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I have a black ssr 04 I have had it since Monday and my fender protectors are all chiped up already so I am glad I am not the only person with this problem, I just hope the rest of the paint job holds up better, I had a 350z a while ago and every time I took it for a ride I would get a new chip in the paint..
Take a real good look at a front "invisible bra" treatment, like Expel - been working for a year on mine.
 

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Won't mud flaps help this?
 

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HI Bill,

I have slightly oversized black mud flaps and so far after 2,000 miles I haven't gotten any chips yet. :thumbs I think the mud flaps helped out a lot and certainly do work great... along with the running boards they make for a good defense against those stone chips on the rear fender areas.
 

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I put the oversized splach guards on as soon as I notice the chips. The SSR had less than 800 miles on it, it looks like it has 100,000 miles on it. I took it to the dealer today and got the old "there's nothing we can do". I asked the body shop Mrg. why the only place there were chips was on the fender and ferder guard. The kick pannel under the door doesn't have a one, and the fender behind the rear wheel doesn't have any!!! The paint on the fender has a different texture than on the body. Both the kick pannel and the rear fender lower are plastic body pieces, therfore a different paint process. Has anyone any suggestions what I could do to next???
 

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The chips are more of a problem on the front for me. I was starting to feel like I had a rock magnet under my hood. I got a bra for long trips but any small chip realy shows in the purple. I was going to get some of the colored wax and try that. They make some good black waxes also, have you tried that? :cool :cool
 

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Marc NY said:
HI Bill,

I have slightly oversized black mud flaps and so far after 2,000 miles I haven't gotten any chips yet. :thumbs I think the mud flaps helped out a lot and certainly do work great... along with the running boards they make for a good defense against those stone chips on the rear fender areas.

Marc:

Do you know what brand/model you used? I saw another post that mentioned a set made by Groboski (a division of Highland, industries) *Long Life Duramax...Part # 10057 *12 " wide X 18" high and about 1/8" thick.

I better get a set on quick... I'm alreaddy up to 1600+ miles.
 

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IMO they should come from the factory/dealer with them installed!!! What's another $15.00 when it would save a lot of heartach!!!!
 
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