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pacrockett 06-18-2013 02:02 PM

Cowl Covers
 
This past Monday I woke up to an approaching thunderstorm and still had my top and doors off from the weekend. Long story short, I now have "idiot dimples" on both sides of my Jeep. Has anyone installed cowl covers on their jeep to cover this up? I've looked at two different covers from Rugged Ridge and Warrior Products. It looks like you have to drill in the Warrior Products cover but the Rugged Ridge is held in with 3M tape. Has anyone had luck with either of these? If so, how do they look? For anyone who has gotten the WP Cover, how hard was it to install? Pics would be great if possible.

Thanks guys!

Chadouken 06-18-2013 03:26 PM

X2

Same thing happened to me on driver's side and I was also thinking about getting either the Rugged ridge or Warrior covers, unless there are other suggestions?

cmaggi2 06-18-2013 04:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Chadouken (Post 3873973)
X2

Same thing happened to me on driver's side and I was also thinking about getting either the Rugged ridge or Warrior covers, unless there are other suggestions?

Plasti dip first...I did and ended up just leaving the dip on. Covers the dimple ok.

DC Dennis 06-18-2013 04:15 PM

Are you talking dents from Hail?

lolpetewtf 06-18-2013 04:20 PM

No dents from the door swinging all the way open and the mirrors denting the cowl.

DC Dennis 06-18-2013 04:24 PM

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Originally Posted by lolpetewtf (Post 3874138)
No dents from the door swinging all the way open and the mirrors denting the cowl.

Interesting, did not have that problem with the YJ, fender flairs were enough of a bumper. Glad to know to keep a heads up on that and to keep the limiting straps on! thanks!

Scott2373 06-18-2013 04:37 PM

He's referring to the dents left after your doors swing wide and hit the mirrors. Usually occurs when one is replacing or removing doors and the retention strap isn't attached.

pacrockett 06-18-2013 05:48 PM

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Originally Posted by lolpetewtf (Post 3874138)
No dents from the door swinging all the way open and the mirrors denting the cowl.

Yeah this is what I'm referring to as "idiot dimples"

Lusus_Naturae 06-20-2013 01:41 AM

I have the Rugged Ridge ones. They are nice thick plastic. The tape seems ok, if it falls off I will consider some heavy duty 3M tape, but it looks like that's what they used. If you don't like them in black, buy the spray can of color match paint form Quadratec or wherever and spray them to match. All you need to do to prep is clean them with rubbing alcohol, let dry, and spray in layers. That spray paint goes on in nice even, thin, coats - some of the nicest paint I've used in a can.

You aren't the only one with idiot dimples. I got mine even after I read about all the oops that people did to get them. I unhooked my limiting straps to work on the dash, opened the doors all the way, resting them against the hood tightly. All it took was a gust of wind to give me dimples. I did this a million times in the TJ and never got a dent, the JK metal is just too thin.

Seeuoffroad 06-20-2013 10:25 AM

Also dented mine. Purchased the Rugged Ridge ones. When they showed up I took them to Line-X. Asked the guy to spray them black the next time he sprayed something. They look 10 times better only charged me $15

BadOleRoss 06-20-2013 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by pacrockett (Post 3873693)
Long story short, I now have "idiot dimples" on both sides of my Jeep.

How did you manage to do both side?

Chadouken 06-20-2013 12:07 PM

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Originally Posted by cmaggi2 (Post 3874117)
Plasti dip first...I did and ended up just leaving the dip on. Covers the dimple ok.

I'm really new to Jeeps and have never used plasti dip. I've looked at a couple products online- do you use the canned spray? Any tips on what to do/not to do? I've also read posts where people plasti-dip their grills and interior beds instead of carpet, etc. I kinda want to know about this stuff a little more- looks like a good solution for the dimples. Do you have a picture of yours?

Rodger L 06-20-2013 02:00 PM

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It the Rugged Ridge ones on the other day. Quick and easy. Would love to see pics of them line-x'ed

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cmaggi2 06-20-2013 06:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Chadouken (Post 3881646)

I'm really new to Jeeps and have never used plasti dip. I've looked at a couple products online- do you use the canned spray? Any tips on what to do/not to do? I've also read posts where people plasti-dip their grills and interior beds instead of carpet, etc. I kinda want to know about this stuff a little more- looks like a good solution for the dimples. Do you have a picture of yours?

Not the best pic, but it's the best for now. Canned spray, just taped off the windshield with painters tape and newspaper. Grills look good, haven't seen it as a bedline substitute.

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Seeuoffroad 06-21-2013 04:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Rodger L (Post 3882072)
It the Rugged Ridge ones on the other day. Quick and easy. Would love to see pics of them line-x'ed



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Line-X sprayed.

brighton 06-21-2013 04:49 PM

An an alternative, I paid a PDR guy to remove the dimple on my driver's side a couple of years ago. I believe it was $60 and he came to the house. Since then, I've moved the mirrors from my doors so no more chance of dimples.

pacrockett 06-25-2013 07:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Lusus_Naturae (Post 3880247)
I have the Rugged Ridge ones. They are nice thick plastic. The tape seems ok, if it falls off I will consider some heavy duty 3M tape, but it looks like that's what they used. If you don't like them in black, buy the spray can of color match paint form Quadratec or wherever and spray them to match. All you need to do to prep is clean them with rubbing alcohol, let dry, and spray in layers. That spray paint goes on in nice even, thin, coats - some of the nicest paint I've used in a can.

You aren't the only one with idiot dimples. I got mine even after I read about all the oops that people did to get them. I unhooked my limiting straps to work on the dash, opened the doors all the way, resting them against the hood tightly. All it took was a gust of wind to give me dimples. I did this a million times in the TJ and never got a dent, the JK metal is just too thin.

Thanks for the advice. I'll probably go this route.

pacrockett 06-25-2013 07:17 PM

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Originally Posted by BadOleRoss (Post 3881248)

How did you manage to do both side?

My fiancÚ was doing the other side and we both forgot to put the straps in.

damndirtydog 06-25-2013 07:31 PM

It doesn't take much to get the doors to swing. I've had plenty of mashed ankles from the door swinging shut before I can get my drumstick in the door.

Primobillet 06-28-2013 07:01 AM

Just did the same thing (swinging door) so this thread makes me feel better. Is there any way to pop off the dented section and push it out from the inside?

GTJ 06-28-2013 07:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Primobillet (Post 3907654)
Just did the same thing (swinging door) so this thread makes me feel better. Is there any way to pop off the dented section and push it out from the inside?

I have heard that you can let your jeep sit in the sun and then put dry ice on it and it may pop out the dent - I am going to try it but haven't yet

Lusus_Naturae 06-29-2013 02:49 AM

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Originally Posted by damndirtydog (Post 3899151)
It doesn't take much to get the doors to swing. I've had plenty of mashed ankles from the door swinging shut before I can get my drumstick in the door.

Yep, the TJ never bit my leg this hard, I think the JK likes it though.

Vin 06-29-2013 08:05 AM

The fenders come off with (I think) 18 bolts. You can take them off and pop the dents back out.

thinkxingu 06-29-2013 08:10 AM

I think the RR covers add a nice contrast, especially to lighter colored vehicles. I have them on my stone white Islander, and like them. And I don't have to see the (one) dimple or worry about it again.

S

Rodger L 06-29-2013 11:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Seeuoffroad (Post 3886402)
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Line-X sprayed.

Nice!

pacrockett 06-29-2013 03:02 PM

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Originally Posted by thinkxingu (Post 3910846)
I think the RR covers add a nice contrast, especially to lighter colored vehicles. I have them on my stone white Islander, and like them. And I don't have to see the (one) dimple or worry about it again.

S

Mines white also, I was worried how it would look with the color. Could you post any pics?

johnnyjellybean 06-29-2013 03:53 PM

1 week with the Rugged Ridge cowl covers and I love them. I actually pretty much got rid of the dimples but installed the covers anyway and am very happy I did.

Primobillet 06-30-2013 08:20 AM

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Originally Posted by johnnyjellybean (Post 3911806)
1 week with the Rugged Ridge cowl covers and I love them. I actually pretty much got rid of the dimples but installed the covers anyway and am very happy I did.

How did you get rid of the dimples originally?

Lusus_Naturae 07-22-2013 12:22 AM

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Finally got a photo of mine installed. I used the Mopar matching spray paint form Quadratec and sprayed about three layers on them over 45 minutes. Each layer is pretty dry in 15 minutes and the spray is nice , no globs or spits.

Bmill 08-15-2013 08:55 AM

Good idea! Closer pics lusus!


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