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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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I'm getting some damage to the finish of my left side air box, by the key. I've got no fobs, tags, or key chains hanging from the key. Any ideas where this is coming from?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 11:26 PM
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Judging by the pattern it looks like the po did. Looks like it's just in the clear coat and starting to weather enough to show. I dunno what else it could be.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 12:32 AM
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Maybe from your pants.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 01:29 AM
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I was thinking the same thing since there is no damage in front of that area. Your pants or chaps are flapping in the wind and rubbing off the paint.

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Something has been chipping away at the finish!
My guess, it is key related,

Even cloth will damage paint IF it rubs...

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I would have said a key tag, since that's what has caused mine to look something like that. The shape of it has me wondering if something behind it is getting hot. I can't recall what's behind it though.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-20-2017, 08:59 AM
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Did it just show up one day or was it something that's been getting progressively worse over a period of time.

There's really only a few things that would cause this. The most obvious is something rubbing on the painted surface like a key FOB or tag, but you're telling us that didn't happen. Someone else mentioned heat, that's a big possibility, you should investigate what's behind the cover. You know how car hoods and roofs get that white, chalky look from being exposed to extreme heat from the sun? That's the clear coat being damaged and might be the same thing that's happening to your side cover, but not from the sun, instead the heat source might be from behind the cover.

One other thing that could be causing it is some type of chemical or corrosive fluid that found it's way onto the cover. Probably not as likely but still worth checking out to see if you have any leaks.....

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