I used a strip of 3M PPF at each corner for protection. When I take the rack off you can see the rubber feet imprints (including numbers) in the film! And the clips marked the film at their edges too.Has anyone had luck using film to protect the paint where the racks touch the roof? I have all the parts for my thule rack, but I'm scared to install them. I know it's silly.
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I didnt use the film on my ST with the Rhino rack and had only one tiny scratch after 3 seasons with the bike racks. But the ST did not have the locating pins and it seemed like the front bar shifted a bit once which could have caused the scratch (maybe should have checked torque more often).
If you’re worried PPF is cheap insurance, I got mine on amazon I think, 4 in wide I believe it was. And check torque every once in a while to avoid movement. Of course clean surfaces during mounting. And taking it off if you run it year round for cleaning (might not be needed with PPF though).
Attached is a picture of the front driver PPF, all corners applied in similar manner. That’s a good reminder to install my rack next week and start biking!!
Edit: added pics with flash and pics of rear, previous pic was bad! Flash help the film show up on the pictures!
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