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My Leaf has a "bib"

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:39 pm
by derkraut
I made a "bib" for my Leaf, to protect the paint around the charging access door. I attached it to the two pop-up fasteners, as you can see. No drilling, etc. A 5-minute job. It folds back out of sight inside the opening really easily when you close the door. I used a piece of vinyl I had left over from when I did some upholstery work on an old Porsche many years ago. I remember that the Porsche had something similar to protect the area around the fuel filler opening. Notice that I had to cut out the center area, so the flap would not interfere with the access door latch when closing the door.

Sorta "crude"; but, it works, and is only visible when charging..




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Re: My Leaf has a "bib"

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:54 pm
by LEAFfan
derkraut wrote:I made a "bib" for my Leaf, to protect the paint around the charging access door. I attached it to the two pop-up fasteners, as you can see. No drilling, etc. A 5-minute job. It folds back out of sight inside the opening really easily when you close the door. I used a piece of vinyl I had left over from when I did some upholstery work on an old Porsche many years ago. I remember that the Porsche had something similar to protect the area around the fuel filler opening. Notice that I had to cut out the center area, so the flap would not interfere with the access door latch when closing the door.
Sorta "crude"; but, it works, and is only visible when charging...


I tried to cancel my 'protection package' because I thought it was meant for stones, etc. When I went to pick up the car, the sales guy said it wasn't for that, but to protect the paint when charging. So now I'm glad I have it.

Re: My Leaf has a "bib"

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:48 pm
by LeafPowerIsIxE
I was pleased with the "protector" also ... until I "tore" it with the hose last night when I was washing the car! The force of the garden hose actually pealed up a bubble. I had to remove it (and the glue residue) which took over an hour, including application of several coats of Mothers wax. Unreal.

Be careful when you wash!

Re: My Leaf has a "bib"

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:01 pm
by thankyouOB
protect it from what, fuel spills?

Re: My Leaf has a "bib"

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:11 pm
by derkraut
thankyouOB wrote:protect it from what, fuel spills?


Protect it from my wife's poor aim with the connector cord assy! I had her practice several times yesterday, and since her eyesight isn't the best, she sometimes tends to "hunt" for the receptacle. :roll:

Re: My Leaf has a "bib"

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:43 pm
by LEAFfan
LeafPowerIsIxE wrote:I was pleased with the "protector" also ... until I "tore" it with the hose last night when I was washing the car! The force of the garden hose actually pealed up a bubble. I had to remove it (and the glue residue) which took over an hour, including application of several coats of Mothers wax. Unreal. Be careful when you wash!


That's why I use a dry car wash (Dri Wash 'N Guard') to 'wash' my car. I used to sell it back in the late 90's. I love that you don't have to use any water or hose, especially since we are in a drought (perpetual?) here. It emulsifies the dirt and doesn't scratch or leave swirl marks. It's great on windows too so I rarely have to use my wipers.