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Mud flap effectiveness after 1.5k miles (or lack of)

MY2Ski

Member
Jun 2, 2020
65
72
Portland, OR
My Y is a lower SN~6xxx and I have been driving it since last June. Total miles ~6,000 but ~1,500 of that was in snow with gravel in it. Severe paint damage and I did put on the mud flaps as soon as they were available, but the damage was already done. My 12 year old Acura RDX which has seen similar conditions has maybe 1% this amount of damage. Looking into getting some tough PPF (satin black) to cover the bottoms of the doors including the leading edges and bottom edges.
2020 MY left door chips.jpg

2020 MY right door chips.jpg
 

monteitis

Member
Feb 15, 2021
39
41
Greater Los Angeles Area
Has anyone tried to use something like VRP or 303 aerospace on the plastic rockers to restore the plastic? I've used these on the interior plastics that looked a bit scratched up and they look almost new afterwards.
I use honda polish for everything on cars & motorbikes. Look it up, my favorite product of all time. Can use for waterless washes and detailing on paint, plastics, metals, whatever. Works great on stovetop too.
 

LwlPeak

Member
Mar 28, 2021
123
66
NC
My Y is a lower SN~6xxx and I have been driving it since last June. Total miles ~6,000 but ~1,500 of that was in snow with gravel in it. Severe paint damage and I did put on the mud flaps as soon as they were available, but the damage was already done. My 12 year old Acura RDX which has seen similar conditions has maybe 1% this amount of damage. Looking into getting some tough PPF (satin black) to cover the bottoms of the doors including the leading edges and bottom edges.
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My gosh. This is horrendous.
 

EVisstillacar

New Member
Jun 17, 2021
2
0
Bend, Oregon
I just added the PPF myself yesterday. I don't love it to be honest and I'll be happily surprised if it makes much difference. Sort of like when grandma puts plastic on the couch. The rockers (Plastic under the door) is getting it the worst. I wonder what it would cost to just replace those at some point, if I even care to.
I regret getting PPF for our 2021 model 3. Had service tech install that (behind rear wheel well), along with front mudflaps. Today when I washed the car, a month after installation, and there is a line of dirt all along the seam. Also, the tech obviously didn’t wash his hands before installation, as there are greasy fingerprints visible around the edges. I feel like ‘it’s just a car, let the paint take the hits’.
 

JHCCAZ

Supporting Member
Feb 2, 2021
183
311
Tucson
Here's our 2015 Subaru Crosstrek as an example. Has the same type of plastic trim (different finish/material it seems) in the same location. After six years and over 100k miles it has zero marks on it. Just some schmutz that I wiped away towards the bottom to show the surface but no damage whatsoever. View attachment 656819
My first new car was a 1981 Mazda GLC, a little white sedan. It came with a super-tough pebbly plastic rock guard in body color,, applied over the lower fender behind the rear wheel. Probably sprayed on but possibly an adhesive mount. That stuff still looked new when the car was old.

So this is nothing secret or new, just that Tesla hasn't utilized it. I suppose it's possible that the good chemical formulas are banned (Known to the State of California to Cause Retention of Value and to Be Incompatible With Natural Erosion Processes ;))
 
Apr 22, 2017
173
104
Denver, Colorado
thats painful to see. my 4runner has side steps and ppf on lower doors because with off road tires here in colorado, alot of snow and sludge gets kicked to the sides. but no paint damage on it.

i'm glad i decided to get ppf on the lower section of the doors too
 

Midnightsun

Member
Nov 29, 2020
390
475
Canada
Has anyone tried to use something like VRP or 303 aerospace on the plastic rockers to restore the plastic? I've used these on the interior plastics that looked a bit scratched up and they look almost new afterwards.
I came across Stoners trim shine about a month ago at Walmart. Really did a great job and lasted weeks. Just spray on and you're done. Product
 

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