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Unread 06-13-2014, 12:29 PM   #1
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Double stick tape and water trapping

Just taking delivery of my new Rubi today. I've spent many hours researching various mods, add-ons and customizations.

One of the things I've noticed is that a fair number of exterior add-ons like hood protectors, plastic body "armor", etc. use double stick tape as the installation mechanism. Can this tape cause water to get trapped behind the add-on causing rust issues?

Here's an example of a product so adhered. (No, I don't want plastic "armor" - just an example)

If you mouse over the image that shows the back side, you can see that with a near surround of tape, water might get trapped.

Any experience in this area?

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Unread 06-13-2014, 01:51 PM   #2
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Never had rust issues, but you could always cutout some small gaps for draining if you are worried about it.
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Any "armor" that gets attached with tape is not armor.
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Unread 06-13-2014, 05:50 PM   #4
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Just cut a few notches on the bottom sticky tape for any potential trapped water to escape if you’re worried about it. I’m thinking that what water might get in there wouldn’t really matter. The paint and clear coat alone shouldn’t let any rust start to form, unless of coarse there are no chips in it.
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that cowl armor is really for those that forget they removed the door strap and dent it. cheap fix with a cheap part. I mean its fairly hard to get a rock there, unless you flop it. Then that would not help anyway. The only thing that i have that is held on somewhat like that is the bug defector on the hood. Even that is rather worthless too. Still get bugs, rocks hitting the window. But it has saved the leading edge of the hood from rock chips. Not that it would matter much anymore.
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that cowl armor is really for those that forget they removed the door strap and dent it...
Yeah I remember my first JK (’08) and the cowl dent I did. The JK sheet metal is so thin that it takes no effort all to dent it so now I’m extremely careful. When I need the door open to work on whatever I add towels between it and the mirrors with bungee cord attached to the door handle and bumper to hold a slight pressure on the door.
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Thanks to all for the advice
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