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Roll-up leather dog paw and luggage scratch protection for rear bumper

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by artsci, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. artsci

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    I transport my yellow lab in the trunk once or twice a week. When she gets in out out there's always a risk that her claws will scratch the rear bumper. I also have concerns about heavy luggage doing the same when I lift it in and out.

    I've been thinking about this solution and finally put it all together today. I used a roll of tan leather that matches my interior, cut it to size, wrapped it around one of those foam pipe insulators, put plastic pipe inside the insulator to give it more weight, added a spare embroidered logo I had around, and attached it all to the back trunk liner with velcro strip, Here are some photos to the results. I hope it looks like it came with car, which was my goal.

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  2. Panacea

    Panacea TSLA Shareholder/Believer

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    Nice work...yet again!
     
  3. TES-E

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    Great idea! I will have to lift a wheelchair in and out of mine when I get it and this is an excellent way of protecting the bumper. My current car has evidence of why I need something like this. :redface:
     
  4. Zroiron

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    Dude, you are awesome!
     
  5. nanimac

    nanimac Aloha!

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    Love it...another product you can sell! I would buy it :smile:
     
  6. CatB

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    +1 on being a future customer - Lucy and I would appreciate black :)
    (still loving the lighted T)
     
  7. Hodginator

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    This is great!!!
     
  8. MikeC

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    Very clean. Would also be very useful for kids who climb into the jump seats.
     
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    Well done! FWIW there is a limo outfit out here in the SF Bay Area (early adopter of Model S about a year ago) who essentially did your mod for the trunk and also the frunk on their 2 black Model S with black vinyl which they could snap on or off (mounted snaps on the inside lip) to protect both the front and rear bumpers. Lots of luggage as well as cases of wine (...they do lots of wine country tours).

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  10. bonnie

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    Your pup's collar isn't black & red to go with the Tesla dog leash! I am confuzzled. (And nice job on the mod. I'll want something similar with the X.)
     
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    Awesome mod! I don't know why these are made for all models of cars that have painted rear bumpers.
     
  12. Akikiki

    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    Rick, you so smart. :smile:
     
  13. artsci

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    Not as smart as my dog thinks:)
     
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    It even matches the colour of your dog! Nice work.
     
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    All the tan carpet is there for a purpose -- it collects dog hair:)

    Labs, especially at this time of year, shed an enormous amount of hair. Normally it would be all over the interior of the car and very difficult to remove. But the slight static of the carpet attracts it keeps from flying around. It all ends up on the trunk carpet floor where it can easily be vacuumed away.
     
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    Great idea! We keep an old wool army blanket in the back and flop it over the edge when Karma our Chocolate Lab gets in and out of the car but this looks like a better solution. What are the dimensions of the leather and where did you get it?
     
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    The size of the leather piece I used for this is 32" x25". It was cut out of a much larger piece I ordered from Townsend Leather , a company I've dealt with for about 15 years. I discovered the company when I was looking for firm that had done custom leather work for show cars. It's dye lot 109146 from their Classic Cowhide collection. This is very high quality leather. I bought it thinking I'd line the parcel shelf with it but abandoned that idea when I determined that it would be too difficult to do well. So I had it in storage.
     
  18. Caloncho

    Caloncho LongerTelomeres?

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    nice looking lab there!
    I also carry a (heavy) wheelchair in and out the trunk and risk the rear bumper
    how wonderful it would be to be able to buy such a protective apron

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