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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Fender Covers?

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For the first time in a very long time, I now have a Mustang with a really nice (and fresh) paint job that leaves me worried about leaning over the fender without adequate protection for the paint! (This is a good problem to have, I know, but it is a problem ;-) )

I am looking for recommendations for a high quality fender cover. I have heard about covers with a removable/washable soft liner and padded magnets to hold the cover in place. Possibly in three sections for both fenders and the across the core support/grille.

I have been searching and coming up empty handed - can anyone point me in the right direction?


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I can tell you what not to use: The wifes good bath towels.
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I have one of these, it's very nice.


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I can tell you what not to use: The wifes good bath towels.
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 02:15 PM
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NPD has a few different styles- I used one for a while but I noticed it promoted (for me anyway) bad habits- such as laying a part or tool there- just for a second - and its covered- (yeah but bad idea) and worse- letting my elbow touch the top of the fender- usually when i was tired- but still- I know better than to do that- so Fwiw-
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Haha I just saw the bath towels thing- actually you can use them- u just gotta make them disappear afterwards- No evidence= no problem
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I have one of these and I really like it... I didn't buy it from CJP. Mine was a couple of dollars cheaper at a swap meet

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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 02:30 PM
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NPD’s works well for me.


Be careful to not leave any tools under your body when leaning over. You can unknowingly dimple the top of the fender.

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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 02:36 PM
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I worry about putting anything on my fenders as well. I just can't get behind most fender covers that have a vinyl backing. At some point, dirt is just going to pushed into it and cause scratches...maybe small scratches, but that's not acceptable to me.

I much prefer using a soft towel that can be washed. I hold it in place with a couple magnets and call it good.
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I use our old bath towels(held by magnetics) just to lean over the fenders and never place any part or tool on it.I use an old tool cart to place my items on.
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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 05:25 PM
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Get some good quality masking tape, put on sharp edges of fender. Go down to local second hand store and grab a few soft blankets. Don't forget to remove tape promptly after work is complete. Clean, soft blankets will not hurt the flat areas, tape will protect edges from minor abrasion if blankets shift. Wear sweat pants or something that has no button, and no belt buckles. In a pinch, tuck rag in to belt draped over pants button and wear belt with buckle to your rear
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I have a set of Mach 1 logo ones that I bought from NPD many moons ago. They feel like they are made of a soft rubberized foam material. They don't use magnets or weights, but don't slip.


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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 06:35 PM
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I got a pair of these:


They're perfect. Well made and grippy. Be sure to clean your fenders off before putting them on so they don't rub dust around. I prefer NPD because of their service and parts availability.

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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 07:59 PM
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An old blanket, cut in half, qtrs, works well enough for me. My paint is not that nice, just need something. Towels just feel more abrasive.

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I use a cheap Summit fender cover but put it over a soft, clean towel.

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