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Protecting car while in garage

Discussion in 'Model S' started by kevincwelch, May 27, 2012.

  1. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

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    For some of you who have kids who may not necessarily be so careful when they open the doors, I was wondering what you do to protect your car (or will do). I was thinking of getting something like this for the car and the garage walls.

    For the car

    For the wall

    Opinion on these or similar items?

    We have a two car garage and the kids generally ride in my wife's car...
     
  2. ElSupreme

    ElSupreme Model S 03182

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    Those magnetic ones won't work for the Model S or the roadster. They use Aluminum and Carbon Fiber respectively which are non ferrous.

    The wall ones work if you park in the same place every time. I actually open my door into some bicycle panniers every time for a nice soft spot. It sort of ended up that way, I didn't plan it.
     
  3. dadaleus

    dadaleus 4GETOIL P85#S70,FdrX,S85D

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    I use those exact wall bumpers with the Roadster and they work great. You don't have to park all that exactly--they're pretty long.
     
  4. NigelM

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    #4 NigelM, May 27, 2012
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    Engage the child safety locks.

     
  5. kevincwelch

    kevincwelch Active Member

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    It's not only the kids! :)
     
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    kevincwelch Active Member

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    That's awesome.

    One of these between the cars...some other pad on the wall...I'm set.
     
  8. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Those look great. Too bad there isn't a parking-lot version.
     
  9. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Hey, you only asked about kids! If your wife is a problem, just stick a post-it note on her dash and write "$100k car..." on it.:wink:
     
  10. kevincwelch

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    Ha!

    I'll probably get a note back that says "should have bought a Yugo then!"

    Sent from my Nexus S 4G using Tapatalk 2
     
  11. stopcrazypp

    stopcrazypp Well-Known Member

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    The wall bumpers are probably your best bet. I don't need to use them personally, but I have seen people use them in extremely tight garages and they seem effective (and they're inexpensive too).
     
  12. spatterso911

    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    Ha! Your wife and mine must read from the same book then!
     
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    I use pool noodles (water logs for the Brits).
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    Cut them in half and tape (I use double-sided mylar tape) or caulk/hot glue them to the wall, cabinet, whatever. They're usually ~$1 each at Wal-Mart.
     
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    Another terminology term. Did not know this one!

    I have a few layers of cardboard on one-side "wall".

    And what's with that Doorpal site? Keeps trying to download everything to my computer. So invasive...
     
  15. kevincwelch

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    Hmmm...not experiencing this. I am using Chrome; no downloads coming my way...

    I think what I am going to do is just hang some thick yoga mats over the passenger side of the car during the weekends. I'll be honest; I leave the house during the week before the wife and kids are up and I come home at night and the other car is already parked in the garage.
     
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    $80 to hang a pool lounger between the cars?! You can buy the same thing at the dollar store... or if not there, you can find a lounger at target for maybe $5-$10... or an inflatable mattress for $20-$30. Then put black and yellow striped tape around the edge $5 and you are good to go. $80? Seriously?
     
  17. kevincwelch

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    It's a special polymer used on the SpaceX...
     
  18. Mike_Schlechter

    Mike_Schlechter Model S - P457

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    What I've done in my garage is use old carpet that was ripped out of my basement and wrapped 2x4s in it and then screwed them to the wall. It protects the door edges fairly well. I also banned bikes and wagons from the garage - that is what the shed is for - as the kids were doing massive damage to the cars.

    I'm all for a polymer coating to protect the car. I'm leaning against the Pearl White for the simple reason that touch ups would be so hard. If there was a way to better protect the paint I may reconsider.
     
  19. dsm363

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    The pearl white will look great. They have the pain armor option now officially for $950 so that may help some.
     
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    Not so sure ... what about where to hang it ... garage door opening mechanisms?
     

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