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    Leather Strap Chafing

    I noticed some paint chafing on the bonnet from my leather strap and when I had the hood repainted after the louver addition I added some XPEL protective film: https://www.xpel.com/ It was an easy enough project, took about an hour, and total cost was under $10. It's pretty much invisible and the only other solution to chafing I've seen is lambswool under the strap that I wasn't too keen on.

    During installation before the soap solution was squeegeed out:



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    Re: Leather Strap Chafing

    That protective tape is pretty amazing. I've applied a 1" strip of it under the Tenex studs around the cockpit edge for protection from the tonneau cover and wrapped it around the bonnet and trunk prop rods where they snap into the rubber holders to prevent the paint from wearing.
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    Re: Leather Strap Chafing

    Iím thinking that it would be good for where the sidescreens rub on the doors.
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    Re: Leather Strap Chafing

    I think one area of caution would be possible removal difficulty for the film if it has aged over time after a lot of exposure to sun. https://rennlist.com/forums/996-foru...a-removal.html Probably not an issue in New England
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    Re: Leather Strap Chafing

    I'd think it would be great for under the leather hood strap, where it won't be exposed to the sun. In some of the other areas mentioned, the paint will fade differently underneath. Like carpet runners, a different set of problems are created.
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    Re: Leather Strap Chafing

    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyRick View Post
    I noticed some paint chafing on the bonnet from my leather strap and ...
    Patina. It's called patina. Wear it with pride.
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    Re: Leather Strap Chafing

    Yes if I interpret Reid correctly old sports and racing cars are suppose to have wear marks and chaffing. An yes it’s called REAL patina. Drive em like you love em.
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    "...you really can't restore a car in 10 days. I don't want to watch a race where people have to restore it in a week. It's not going to drive, and those cars never work. In real life, it takes years to get it right. " Jay Leno.

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    Re: Leather Strap Chafing

    Quote Originally Posted by Editor_Reid View Post
    Patina. It's called patina. Wear it with pride.
    OR ... it's a bunch of scratches on my brand new paint that I don't want looking like crap.
    Rick

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    Re: Leather Strap Chafing

    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyRick View Post
    OR ... it's a bunch of scratches on my brand new paint that I don't want looking like crap.
    The d*mn patina will be there soon enough without rushing things, eh Rick?
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    Re: Leather Strap Chafing

    Quote Originally Posted by steveg View Post
    The d*mn patina will be there soon enough without rushing things, eh Rick?
    I suppose I'm an old fashioned guy that likes a shiny paint job without the "patina" of faded paint, parking lot dents and scrathches from those that park by ear. My pet theory is that the rush to the appreciation of cars with patina has a lot to do with how expensive body and paintwork has become to get that beautiful exterior. Easier and cheaper to keep it as it is and call it "patina" I can certainly appreciate a Healey with worn original paint that has been lovingly waxed over the years and leather that's been treated carefully with Hide Food, but a lot of what I see advertised as a car with patina is what we formerly called a "used car".
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    Re: Leather Strap Chafing

    You know Rick I am just teasing you. I wouldn't want scratches in my new paint job either. Give it a week or two then take the tape off to achieve patina, if you can get the tape off. Considering tape on fairly new paint....maybe better leave the tape on. By the way, your summary of the causations of what is now called patina is right on. Dave.
    About TV Shows-
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    Re: Leather Strap Chafing

    By the way, my tonneau cover has put rub marks on my rear shroud which had an unblemished paint job of only a few years old. I'm not happy about that either.
    About TV Shows-
    "...you really can't restore a car in 10 days. I don't want to watch a race where people have to restore it in a week. It's not going to drive, and those cars never work. In real life, it takes years to get it right. " Jay Leno.

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    Re: Leather Strap Chafing

    Quote Originally Posted by vette View Post
    By the way, my tonneau cover has put rub marks on my rear shroud which had an unblemished paint job of only a few years old. I'm not happy about that either.
    You should see what tonneaus do to a bugeye! And don't even talk about the soft top that has an iron bar in its base that rubs on the rear deck. Some of my friends would fold towels under the tonneau and tops to prevent chafing.
    Rick

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