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Old 01-08-2019, 05:07 PM
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No matter how careful I was....I knew it was gonna happen sooner or later. I just lightly rolled into a concrete curb while parking "head in" into a parking space. Slightly scuffed up the tip of the stock black plastic Z06 (not Z07) air dam. Air dam not broken or misaligned, but the scuffs are visible. My options seem to be:

1) Forget it and live with it;
2) try to repair it a simple and easy way; or
3) replace the air dam.

To attempt #2, my thought would be to sand down the scuffed part...but then the sanded part would be even more visible. I could try to "blacken" with tire black, or with something like shoe polish, or paint it. For all the hassle of painting, I would probably just replace it.

I figure 90% of Z06 owners have similarly scuffed up their air dam. Any genius ideas for hiding minor curb rash? Or are #1 or #3 the only real options? I don't need it perfect, but I don't want it to look like a redneck/ghetto repair, either. If #3 is the only viable option, can anybody recommend a good vendor (other than Chevy dealer)?

(if anybody is offended by the "redneck/ghetto" adjective, lighten up)
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Old 01-08-2019, 05:34 PM
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Forget it and live with it. Front splitters like that are basically disposable. When it gets so beat up that you can't stand the sight of it any longer then go with the replace it option.
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I’d take some tire black or vinyl coating and see what that does. If thay does not satisfy you sand it, I actually use a fine file and redo with a coating.

I’ve hit mine a few times and I’m good with the repairs.

But I’m not **** about details. My saying is if you need to squint to see something it’s not there. Don’t go looking for issues if they are not readily eye catching. Also if I am the only one that can notice an issue I don’t get too excited over it either.

I don’t sweat the small stuff makes the car more enjoyable for me.
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Exactly why I never pull forward into a parking space, truck driver mentality I guess.
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No front camera? Ive been down that road!!! Mine was a stage 3 carbon flash. i had it repaint, costed me 150$ was like new afterward!
It was on my 15, now the 19 will have front camera!!
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Originally Posted by MickOpalak View Post
Forget it and live with it. Front splitters like that are basically disposable. When it gets so beat up that you can't stand the sight of it any longer then go with the replace it option.


Consider it as essentially a wear use item (like brake pads). Give it your best shot on repair, and see how that works out for you. If it's a no go, just order a replacement. Relatively low cost, and straight forward replacement.
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Go to a 3 m dealer and have them install a faux carbon fiber tape-looks great is cost effective and completely covers the rash. I've done it twice!
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Originally Posted by 6104696 View Post
No matter how careful I was....I knew it was gonna happen sooner or later. I just lightly rolled into a concrete curb while parking "head in" into a parking space. Slightly scuffed up the tip of the stock black plastic Z06 (not Z07) air dam. Air dam not broken or misaligned, but the scuffs are visible. My options seem to be:

1) Forget it and live with it;
2) try to repair it a simple and easy way; or
3) replace the air dam.

To attempt #2, my thought would be to sand down the scuffed part...but then the sanded part would be even more visible. I could try to "blacken" with tire black, or with something like shoe polish, or paint it. For all the hassle of painting, I would probably just replace it.

I figure 90% of Z06 owners have similarly scuffed up their air dam. Any genius ideas for hiding minor curb rash? Or are #1 or #3 the only real options? I don't need it perfect, but I don't want it to look like a redneck/ghetto repair, either. If #3 is the only viable option, can anybody recommend a good vendor (other than Chevy dealer)?

(if anybody is offended by the "redneck/ghetto" adjective, lighten up)
Maybe you can explain how using the perjorative term "redneck" differs from say using the offensive deragotory "n-word" term?
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Old 01-09-2019, 04:18 PM
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If it is really bothering you just replace it.
Its not cheap but $160 is worth having it look new.

https://www.ebay.com/p/C7-Corvette-S...2352/670952072

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to each their own -for me - It would drive me Bat **** crazy and for the cost - I would put a new one on there - do the labor yourself. then its over with.
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to each their own -for me - It would drive me Bat **** crazy and for the cost - I would put a new one on there - do the labor yourself. then its over with.
This is exactly me. I have the stage 3 front lip and it is scraped on the under part of it where it ISN'T visible at all but even that bothers me a little bit...
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I threw out my state one splitter when I got a stage two one. You should be able to find one pretty cheap for sale.
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Maybe you can explain how using the perjorative term "redneck" differs from say using the offensive deragotory "n-word" term?
History? Now get out of here hillbilly! Haha soo sensitive these days...

Op I went with the Protect protection plate. It helps against underneath scrapes but if you hit something square in the front your probably still gonna have visible damage. I find the camera slightly difficult to use.

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Option #1 and call it Patina! - the only way to keep them showroom fresh forever is to just leave them parked at home away from all hazards
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Not offended at all but this “Redneck” has front cameras so after 2 years mine still looks new.
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Originally Posted by 6104696 View Post
No matter how careful I was....I knew it was gonna happen sooner or later. I just lightly rolled into a concrete curb while parking "head in" into a parking space. Slightly scuffed up the tip of the stock black plastic Z06 (not Z07) air dam. Air dam not broken or misaligned, but the scuffs are visible. My options seem to be:

1) Forget it and live with it;
2) try to repair it a simple and easy way; or
3) replace the air dam.

To attempt #2, my thought would be to sand down the scuffed part...but then the sanded part would be even more visible. I could try to "blacken" with tire black, or with something like shoe polish, or paint it. For all the hassle of painting, I would probably just replace it.

I figure 90% of Z06 owners have similarly scuffed up their air dam. Any genius ideas for hiding minor curb rash? Or are #1 or #3 the only real options? I don't need it perfect, but I don't want it to look like a redneck/ghetto repair, either. If #3 is the only viable option, can anybody recommend a good vendor (other than Chevy dealer)?

(if anybody is offended by the "redneck/ghetto" adjective, lighten up)
I replaced mine myself $150.00 on line and 30 minutes to change it. Came with instructions. You just need a drill and pop rivet tool.
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No front camera? Ive been down that road!!! Mine was a stage 3 carbon flash. i had it repaint, costed me 150$ was like new afterward!
It was on my 15, now the 19 will have front camera!!
Front camera works fine. Car was already parked; I was in a rush, pushed in the clutch a half second before hitting the brake and starting the car. It rolled forward about an inch...and that was enough......

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Go to a 3 m dealer and have them install a faux carbon fiber tape-looks great is cost effective and completely covers the rash. I've done it twice!
Interesting.

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Maybe you can explain how using the perjorative term "redneck" differs from say using the offensive deragotory "n-word" term?
OMFG. First step: Lighten up. Second step: Take some history lessons. Third step: Learn to spell. LOL. (hey, that rhymes)

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Originally Posted by MMD View Post

Maybe you can explain how using the perjorative term "redneck" differs from say using the offensive deragotory "n-word" term?
Wow, I guess some people are really desperate to be offended somehow!
For me, "hillbilly" and "redneck" can be expressions of fondness. Why would you assume that they must be pejorative? Now go back to starching your underpants.
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I'm on the "replace with a stage2/3 splitter and while you're at it, get the grille with cameras" band wagon. The grille isn't a terribly hard install. I did it myself in my garage when I had a stingray (HATED the "braces" grille and swapped it with a Z06 grille). Took me less than an hour and I'm far from a pro.

EDIT: just saw your post #18. Was a little buried in quotes so I missed it. If you've got the cameras, I definitely say just take this opportunity to get a stage 2/3 as it looks WAY better. You can pick up an aftermarket one for super cheap. Like $500 for carbon flash.

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Originally Posted by fjaphd View Post
Go to a 3 m dealer and have them install a faux carbon fiber tape-looks great is cost effective and completely covers the rash. I've done it twice!
Do NOT do this. Nothing looks cheesier than fake carbon fiber. People see it and say "oh you got the carbon fiber lip, nice! I like me some carbon fi--- wait... that's hydrocarbon. oh... *awkward silence*" It's like seeing someone's really nice engagement ring and then learning it's CZ. womp womp.
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