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Old 04-12-2021, 10:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hood Bra

I have an Mk4 Jetta TDI with a damaged hood. It is next to impossible to find one in my vehicle's color and I hate paint work....especially on hoods. The damaged area can be cut out and then covered by a hood bra.

I was wondering if the 2 protrusions on the top of the bra might hurt mpg.

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Old 04-12-2021, 12:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can we see the damage, pleez? Does the hood open and close?

If the metal isn't torn, cutting and welding seems a little extreme. Why do you hate painting, especially... Is it a custom color?
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Old 04-12-2021, 03:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hood doesn't open and close. I will try to grab some pictures. I have enough experience painting to know that I am no good at it, lol.
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Visible damage? I used this search https://duckduckgo.com/?q=jetta%2Fgolf+with+no+hood

Lots of Youtube videos on how to get it open.



I was rattle-canning my Type III notchback when an Hispanic kid about 6 or 7 came across the street and asked if he could help. I learned a lot watching him.

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This can gun spray handle attachment is a great accessory for anyone using spray or aerosol cans for an extended time. The trigger style attachment cuts down on mess, provides increased control over the spray and reduces user fatigue. Can gun installs easily on most spray cans. Get paint gun control from your rattle-can paints
What color is it; maybe you could find a hood with a complementary color. ....cheaper than a vinyl bra.
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You are going to need to open that hood sooner or later!

Have you heard of paintless dent removal? My adult brother walked on my hood and roof. I pulled the dents out of the hood enough that you barely notice, but the roof still looks bad.

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