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    This is a discussion on Side Skirt "Repair" within the Dodge Dart Appearance forums, part of the Dodge Dart Garage - The Mopar Zone category; All, My driver side side skirts became scuffed or had some ragged gouges in them because who knows how this crap happens. Last year I ...

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      Side Skirt "Repair"

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      My driver side side skirts became scuffed or had some ragged gouges in them because who knows how this crap happens. Last year I had a similar issues with my front lip which i cried about on a post and then sanded it and used some Meguiar's Ultimate Black. However, these driver side skirt marks are a little bit worse. I had seen in a ChrisFix video where he used a heat gun to bring back the black luster to a weathered/whitish area of black plastic trim. I decided to give it a shot after I had wet sanded with some 320 and 600 grit sandpaper. See results below (to cut down on pictures, I am only showing rear of driver side):

      After Sanding; before using Heat Gun

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      After applying Meguair's Ultimate Black:

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      Pictures do not do it proper justice (or at least my photography skills and use of terrible shadows). So far it is a marked improvement. The heat gun eliminated the whitish haze from the damage and sanding. I used an old, small piece of laminate flooring (because that makes sense or it was just lying around) to put between the paint and the heat gun to reduce exposure of heat to clear coat and painted area of vehicle. it is supposed to rain tomorrow and I want to see how this holds up after a few days and some weather hitting it. However, so far, so good.

      Side note: Please disregard the pattern/color of my shorts. They are an older pair that have been assigned work detail for the remainder of its life.
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      Looks great! Please post pictures later on after it gets a little weathered!

      I have some repair work to be done just havnt gotten around to it and to be honest your method looks easier since mine involved spraying. Last time i did this i was spraying the grill-ish meeting place above the front lip so i already had everything taped off. I wasnt going to fix the scratches on the lip originally, but i looked at it and said lets see what this does on this guy. Turned out what i used matched it perfectly so the tiny 2 inch spot i sprayed looked like nothing ever happened when compared to the rest.

      Now on the other side of the front end i have a newly formed very large planter mishap that happened at a grocery outlet...This needs to be fixed though I hope yours looks good after it takes a beating because ill try it next!
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      Would love to see also later on. Have some scratches/dents on teh front and one side skirt
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      Quote Originally Posted by mopar22 View Post
      Would love to see also later on. Have some scratches/dents on teh front and one side skirt
      Raining all day today and then off an on the next two days. I will post some pics to show what it looks like on Saturday.

      One caution I will provide is that when sanding you eliminate the textured surface that is part of the OEM lip and skirt. The surface is smoothed out in those areas. You may want to weigh whether to just leave the existing mark and use the heat gun and polish product, or to sand it a bit first.
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      After a couple of days of rain (coming down hard at times) and driving in those conditions, still looks good. I will continue to monitor and see if the whitish haze returns.

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      Okay, after multiple days of rain and some hot weather as well, still looking good. I have not touched these skirts since sanding, heat gun and Ultimate Black application. The spots you see are just from the rain.

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      And after about a month (noticed this last week), the discoloration came back (see pic ). I once again used my heat gun and the Meguiars Ultimate Black to get it all nice again. Guess it will be a monthly thing. Also, it has rained quite a bit the past month and my car is not garaged.



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      Thank you for the followup mass_paul!

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      As an update, have not washed my car in several weeks and there has been some non-stop rain and very hot summer days. Anyway, these areas look really rough. Going to wash, use the heat gun and Ultimate Black and see if I can get it looking decent again.

      In hindsight, would have just left the scuffed areas as is (not have touched with sandpaper) and just used heat gun and Ultimate Black.



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      Okay.... So I washed the car, used heat gun and then the Ultimate Black. A huge difference, but obviously not perfect. Picture had direct sunlight so it further washed out some of the imperfections. Still, looks much better. I am going today case closed for the heat gun and product as an ongoing cure to skirt/diffuser repair.



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