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

artsci

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May 10, 2012
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3,228
Timonium, Maryland
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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TES-E

Member
Jun 23, 2014
412
55
Casa Grande, AZ
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:
 

Zroiron

Poodle Pack Leader
Feb 11, 2014
278
60
Las Vegas
Dude, you are awesome!
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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JPP

Active Member
Feb 4, 2013
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SF Bay Area, CA
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).

https://www.teslatours.com/
 

artsci

Sponsor
May 10, 2012
6,255
3,228
Timonium, Maryland
It even matches the colour of your dog! Nice work.

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.
 

SBerg

Member
Aug 13, 2013
67
4
Solvang, CA
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?
 

artsci

Sponsor
May 10, 2012
6,255
3,228
Timonium, Maryland
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?

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.
 

Caloncho

LongerTelomeres?
Nov 18, 2013
89
1
NewYork USA
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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Gu$ G

Member
May 7, 2018
130
33
Kaneohe, HI
Holy thread revival Batman!

Did you carpet your trunk in tan? I love the look and have this Dog hair and scratch problem! If so, did you document it here on TMC?
 
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