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DIY Stone chip guards

Seeing as I'm replacing the *ahem* VW bug with the Alfa bug (I've even just bought club membership!) I thought I'd show off my very amateur rear-arch stone guard replacement.

I assume most of the cars go this way, but I like a clean car so my 'orrible standard stone guards were annoying me, and replacing them with standard ones seemed pointless 'cos they don't go far enough up the wheel arch.

So: armed with a length of a well-known brand of clear vinyl wrap and a pen, I set to work:

Here is what I had to start with, nothing out of the ordinary but grotty nonetheless:

Once removed, I could see what the paint was once like, all those moons ago:

I set to work with the wet 'n' dry, to see if I could flat off a few of those stone chips. It didn't do anything:

After polishing that mess back to the way it was, I got a sheet of clear plastic and marked out where I wanted the new/improved guards to go - then transferred the designs to a piece of vinyl that was ever slightly too short:

I decided to effectively keep the same design, just extend it further up the wheel arch, to cover off the original design fault.

Then I simply fitted them with a bit of soapy water to allow me to move them on the car, anda heat gun to shrink it round the corners. The finished result started off a bit rubbish, with air-bubbles and creases etc, but after a week or so, here's the finished results:

Hard to see with my rubbish iPhone camera, but I guess that's the idea!

May end up doing them again because they've got a few rough edges, but they'll do for now.

Whaddya think?

P.S. I take it this forum doesn't allow direct image posting due to bandwidth?

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Looks good... Mine are really bad on the spider so may look into doing this myself...

As for imaging, yes you can have direct imaging but I think it's limited to size of the file and physical image size...
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I have found that fitting mudflaps to the front wheel arches has significantly reduced the damage to the paintwork on the rear arches from flying grit. I bought some wide universal flaps off Ebay and fitted them to the liners with plastic rivets. They have been there for nearly a year now and are working well.
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Originally Posted by OGR4M View Post
P.S. I take it this forum doesn't allow direct image posting due to bandwidth?
Good job on the guards

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