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Old 05-27-2015, 08:45 PM   #1
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Adding Protective Coating on the Wheel Wells

Hi group, I was wondering whether or not anyone has added a protective coating to the wheel wells of their Escape. The coating I am thinking of would be similar to the spray of bed liner in the box of a pick up (i.e.: rhinocoating). The reason I am asking is I would like to protect the fiberglass in the wheels wells from getting damaged by rocks while on the non paved roads (I.e.: the Dempster Highway from Whitehorse to Inuivik). I am only contemplating doing the wheel wells as the bottom of the trader has the insulation blown on it. This might take a beating but it is easier to spray on more foam versus fixing a crack in the glass.

If anyone has done it, could you advise me of the following:

1. What product did you use?

2. Did it serve its' purpose and are you happy with this modification?

3. Would you put it on again on a future trailer?

Thanks. And for those going to the rally, have a ton of fun!!!!

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Old 05-27-2015, 09:40 PM   #2
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Scott,

I am going to get my wheel wells done also. If you have the front box it has the Rhino lining type coating on it. I have seen it on many fiberglass trailers fronts for ski sleds etc.Check with Escape on the type they use etc if you like.

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Old 05-28-2015, 10:34 AM   #3
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Scott,

I am going to get my wheel wells done also. If you have the front box it has the Rhino lining type coating on it. I have seen it on many fiberglass trailers fronts for ski sleds etc.Check with Escape on the type they use etc if you like.

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I dunno. While I like the idea of protecting the wheel wells from debris, cracks, etc, I also like the nice smooth gel coat for ease of cleaning.
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:53 AM   #4
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ETI will coat your wheel wells

We had ETI coat our wheel wells with the same stuff that goes on the storage box. It is white, and rough. It seems to do a good job of protecting the fiberglass from rocks etc. when we have gone over some gravel roads that I wish we had avoided. It is hard to clean, but on the other hand, it is the wheel wells. I tried to see if it could be done in a contrasting color (black), but that wasn't possible.

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I figure you just wait until the wheel wells are too ugly to endure, and then get them coated.
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We had ETI coat our wheel wells with the same stuff that goes on the storage box. It is white, and rough. It seems to do a good job of protecting the fiberglass from rocks etc. when we have gone over some gravel roads that I wish we had avoided. It is hard to clean, but on the other hand, it is the wheel wells. I tried to see if it could be done in a contrasting color (black), but that wasn't possible.

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This is what we're thinking of doing as well. Hubby wants to protect the area *before* any dings and such get in there. Do you remember what you paid for it? (Yes, I know the price can change, but at least it's a good estimate.) Thanks
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Would spray on truck bed lining work, or would it not be good for fiberglass.
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This is what we're thinking of doing as well. Hubby wants to protect the area *before* any dings and such get in there. Do you remember what you paid for it? (Yes, I know the price can change, but at least it's a good estimate.) Thanks
I just asked Crystal about this since considering it. She'd emailed:

Rock protection in wheel wells. Cost?
$300 – do note that the tread on our tires is not so aggressive that debris would be thrown up and necessitate this addition

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Would spray on truck bed lining work, or would it not be good for fiberglass.
It's been applied to fiberglass by many people, but of course, surface prep is required if you want to make sure it adheres properly. Probably scuffing up the gelcoat with some coarse sandpaper would work.
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I just asked Crystal about this since considering it. She'd emailed:

Rock protection in wheel wells. Cost?
$300 – do note that the tread on our tires is not so aggressive that debris would be thrown up and necessitate this addition

My main concern for getting get wheel wells protected was a video I saw of a trailer that had a blowout while going down the road. I don't remember if it was a scamp or a casita, but the strip of tire that was flapping against the body did serious injury to the trailer. My recollection is that the owner didn't notice the blown tire until there was smoke coming from the wheel.

I think this was discussed about a year ago on the forum, and someone posted a link to a myth-busters video of truck bed lining material withstanding some explosive force. Probably my tires will never blow and it will not be a useful thing, but just in case...
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