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Old 11-28-2010, 09:35 PM   #1
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I'm still pretty new to racing on-road, but am hooked. Over the past few months I've purchased a used car, and recently purchased a new car.

I like my stuff to look decent, but we race on an asphalt track with the "road dots" (sorry, I'm not sure what they are actually called). I put one of those "film protectors" on the bottom of the new car, but the used car isn't looking so hot underneath. Both cars aren't looking so great where the battery sits.

Is there something that people use to keep things looking good (not looking for miracles, just for it to look better). Plastic polish doesn't seem to do much...
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raise ur ride height so the car doesnt drag and dont run over the top of the dots. thats the easiest thing to keep the bottom plate scratchless
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:47 PM   #3
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....but if the damage is done, is there a product or cleaner out there that will make it look a bit better?
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If the surface is scratched, not much can be done. Unless you sand it smooth and re-seal it somehow. I would just get a new chassis if you are worried about looks.
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Old 11-28-2010, 10:00 PM   #5
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If the surface is scratched, not much can be done. Unless you sand it smooth and re-seal it somehow. I would just get a new chassis if you are worried about looks.
I'm more worried about how it works, but if it looks good doing it....well, it would be a bonus. A scratch is a scratch, but if I could make it somewhat shiny again....

I'll try a few things and if they work, I'll post it.
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Sand smooth and brush on some Minwax urethane clear.
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Sounds like you need one of Romells urathane chassis protectors.
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raise the height is good solution, when the asphalt track are uneven.. there are bound to be scratches... especially on the rear chassis.

for my case i check & replace the screws. if not i would have problems to change the suspension mount..when the screw thread wears off.

the skidplate is good enough to overcome the prob... for 1/10 touring.
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I use wide re-enforced strapping/pakaging tape on my car to keep the chassis bottom pristine. Works well & is cheap.
Looks like crap though, so may not be what you're after
Added bonus is it also protects the screws & is so cheap I can replace/recover often.
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Off road racing may not be the thing for you, but the coating would be a good thing when its new.
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a friend of mine says rubbing johnsons baby oil will keep the graphite shiny. havent tried it myself but he swears by it.
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You can get a chassis protector or a roll of chassis protection film.

The real deal is that you are racing, and a racing car will have marks and scratches, unlike some shelf queen. Take pride in being a racer, versus a chassis polishing dork.
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You can get a chassis protector or a roll of chassis protection film.

The real deal is that you are racing, and a racing car will have marks and scratches, unlike some shelf queen. Take pride in being a racer, versus a chassis polishing dork.
Beautifully put!
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You can get a chassis protector or a roll of chassis protection film.

The real deal is that you are racing, and a racing car will have marks and scratches, unlike some shelf queen. Take pride in being a racer, versus a chassis polishing dork.
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Goto your local hardware store and get the Tremclad clear coat in a spray can. Put 3-5 light coats on it, then hit it with a buffing wheel. Looks better then new.


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