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Old 07-06-2019, 11:30 AM
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Cowl guards or armor or whatever they are called

I’m probably over thinking this but here is my current situation...when I got my Jeep it had the dents in both cowls from the mirrors. All the covers kinda looked basically the same so I ended up going cheap and got a set for 13 dollars on eBay. The did have 3m branded tape on them but after three weeks one blew off going down the interstate yesterday. I didn’t bother trying to go back and track it down. I have ordered some other stuff from extream terrain since I got those on eBay and the ship fast and were great to deal with so I was going to get a set from them. They have a few different styles and Atleast 3-4 look exactly like what I have. Two styles really got me curious. Both were made by red rock. The both have the same look of the eBay ones I bought. Same name brand. Pretty much the same title in the listing. One is 22 dollars one is 55 dollars. Only difference I can find is the material it’s made out of...the 22 dollar one says abs plastic. The 55 dollar one says uv thermoplastic. On a side note the rugged ridge version has the same pattern and says it’s made from the thermoplastic. It’s around 58 dollars also. Again I know I’m probably way overthinking this. Anybody have any experience with any of these? I wouldn’t even mind the powder coated metal ones that have to be put on with rivets. But the only two styles I’ve seen is the diamond plate (witch I don’t like) and one that has some little vents in it made by drake (I think) it’s ok. 75 dollars but in the pics I can find of it it just looks a little...odd. I don’t know.

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Considering your dialogue is 300+ words long, you are overthinking it. Find a style you like and in your budget, use some rubbing alcohol on the painted surface of your Jeep where the 3M tape will stick and it will be fine. Adding 3M to an assumedly waxed surface... does not a strong bond make. Or... pull the 3M tape off and use something like Gorilla Glue. The tape creates additional height, which is how air got under it and pulled it off.

If not, take your rig to a hail dent repair place. I'd bet they can fix them.
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Yep, anytime you see a cowl cover, you know there's at least one dent under there. Sometimes the dent removers can get them out, otherwise the only alternative is to replace the fender as that cowl piece is actually part of the fender.

The cause is opening the door without the strap hooked. The doors can swing all the way around the cause the dent.
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You could just get something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B146HLC...v_ov_lig_dp_it

It's basically what the dent repair place will use.
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You could just get something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B146HLC...v_ov_lig_dp_it

It's basically what the dent repair place will use.
Great. The OP was already overthinking this and then you go and give him more options to think about.
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Great. The OP was already overthinking this and then you go and give him more options to think about.


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Old 07-13-2019, 07:51 AM
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I figured I would update anyone that might care...so as I said the first said I had was a set I paid 13 dollars for on eBay. So cheapest you could get. My second set I went with the rugged ridge set from extream terrign that was close to 69 dollars with tax. I just thought maybe the more expensive would fix the shape of the Jeep better and therefore would stick better. Well I got them a few days ago and going with the eye test they are virtually identical. The rugged ridge COULD possibly be a shade darker than the cheapos. Also the cheap versions double sided tape was marked 3m. The rugged ridge looks the same but isn’t marked 3m. I just went to the store and got a roll of the wider 3m double sided tape. Both sets had skinny tape on them. So with the tape I’m approaching having 100 dollars in this mess. I’ll let you guys know if they actually fit different after the install.
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I figured I would update anyone that might care...so as I said the first said I had was a set I paid 13 dollars for on eBay. So cheapest you could get. My second set I went with the rugged ridge set from extream terrign that was close to 69 dollars with tax. I just thought maybe the more expensive would fix the shape of the Jeep better and therefore would stick better. Well I got them a few days ago and going with the eye test they are virtually identical. The rugged ridge COULD possibly be a shade darker than the cheapos. Also the cheap versions double sided tape was marked 3m. The rugged ridge looks the same but isn’t marked 3m. I just went to the store and got a roll of the wider 3m double sided tape. Both sets had skinny tape on them. So with the tape I’m approaching having 100 dollars in this mess. I’ll let you guys know if they actually fit different after the install.

Return them while you still have a chance. Those cowl covers trap moisture under them and destroy the paint underneath them, causing a worse problem than what you're trying to hide.

Go to a paintless dent repair shop and have them pulled out. I purchased a dent puller and did mine myself since I had other dents/dings I wanted to repair.


PDR is the way you want to go.
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I figured I would update anyone that might care...so as I said the first said I had was a set I paid 13 dollars for on eBay. So cheapest you could get. My second set I went with the rugged ridge set from extream terrign that was close to 69 dollars with tax. I just thought maybe the more expensive would fix the shape of the Jeep better and therefore would stick better. Well I got them a few days ago and going with the eye test they are virtually identical. The rugged ridge COULD possibly be a shade darker than the cheapos. Also the cheap versions double sided tape was marked 3m. The rugged ridge looks the same but isn’t marked 3m. I just went to the store and got a roll of the wider 3m double sided tape. Both sets had skinny tape on them. So with the tape I’m approaching having 100 dollars in this mess. I’ll let you guys know if they actually fit different after the install.

Return them while you still have a chance. Those cowl covers trap moisture under them and destroy the paint underneath them, causing a worse problem than what you're trying to hide.

Go to a paintless dent repair shop and have them pulled out. I purchased a dent puller and did mine myself since I had other dents/dings I wanted to repair.


PDR is the way you want to go.
I don’t care if it messes the paint up underneath. I actually prefer the look of the covers. And since they are both dented anyway I really don’t care about the paint. If I decided to paint the whole Jeep one day I might leave them off but until then the will be on there. But if they fall off this time I will be using emblem adhesive next time with the double sided tape.
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I donít care if it messes the paint up underneath. I actually prefer the look of the covers. And since they are both dented anyway I really donít care about the paint. If I decided to paint the whole Jeep one day I might leave them off but until then the will be on there. But if they fall off this time I will be using emblem adhesive next time with the double sided tape.

You'll care about the paint once those covers start rusting through but hey, not my Jeep.
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I don’t care if it messes the paint up underneath. I actually prefer the look of the covers. And since they are both dented anyway I really don’t care about the paint. If I decided to paint the whole Jeep one day I might leave them off but until then the will be on there. But if they fall off this time I will be using emblem adhesive next time with the double sided tape.

You'll care about the paint once those covers start rusting through but hey, not my Jeep.
Well for one thing plastic doesn’t rust 😐 and if it gets messed up in another way I’ll replace it.
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Yep, anytime you see a cowl cover, you know there's at least one dent under there...

Not always. I have the covers, put them on before I got any dents.


OP, as said above. Find a style you like. Clean the area good with alcohol and put them on. I've had this $14 set on for over two years now. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M7NSCBV..._N8jnDbZK0566C
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I have the Warrior Products aluminum covers. I riveted them to the OME covers. I like drilling holes.

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