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    Trunk rack that doesn't scratch the paint

    I'm looking for an inexpensive trunk rack for short biking trips, but I'm worried about the rack scratching the paint where it sits on the trunk lid. Has anyone found a rack that doesn't scratch the paint? (car is a 2008 lexus gs350)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock Climber View Post
    I'm looking for an inexpensive trunk rack for short biking trips, but I'm worried about the rack scratching the paint where it sits on the trunk lid. Has anyone found a rack that doesn't scratch the paint? (car is a 2008 lexus gs350)
    I had a Saris Bones rack that had soft foam rubber pads that didnít scratch the paint as long as the paint was clean and wiped down with something like a dry car wash or detailing product and microfiber cloth before hand. Also the rack pads should be wiped down to insure dirt or debris isnít on them.

    Itís usually not the rack that scratches the paint, itís the dirt or dust between the rack and the paint.

    You could also put a piece of clear bra or helicopter tape on the trunk lid where the rack pads sit, but this would be unsightly if the rack isnít always installed.

    Just keep a microfiber cloth and dry wash or detailing spray handy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by isleblue65 View Post
    I had a Saris Bones rack that had soft foam rubber pads that didnít scratch the paint as long as the paint was clean and wiped down with something like a dry car wash or detailing product and microfiber cloth before hand. Also the rack pads should be wiped down to insure dirt or debris isnít on them.

    Itís usually not the rack that scratches the paint, itís the dirt or dust between the rack and the paint.

    You could also put a piece of clear bra or helicopter tape on the trunk lid where the rack pads sit, but this would be unsightly if the rack isnít always installed.

    Just keep a microfiber cloth and dry wash or detailing spray handy.


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    Good suggestions. I'm going to add that no matter what, you're always going to have rub marks or dull spots, no matter what you do.

    And those foam pads get harder with age.
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    the only trunk rack I know of that doesn't scratch the paint of an 11 year old car is a roof rack! or the back seat with a blanket

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    Thanks for the great responses!

    I live in Seattle so the rack would also be wet most of the time. As I feared, it's just not going to work, but luckily I have a hitch rack on my truck, so I'll keep using that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    if it touches the paint, it will scratch the paint.

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    Get some paint protection film...cut it...and apply it to the part of the area where the rack contacts the car.

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    Those trunk racks will scratch the paint and they'll warp your bumper/lid. That's just what happens. Use it occasionally, like maybe once or twice a month and take precautions, you probably won't notice anything, but use it as primary equipment for transporting a bike, it'll scratch and warp. IMO, they are good for very occasional transport and when you don't care about the vehicle. Otherwise, the $$$ is better spent on a towbar/receiver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    This is a good call for a GS 350
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    If you keep the car clean, you will minimize scratches. But they will eventually happen. And manufacturers recommend taking the rack off the car when it's not in use.

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