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Old 01-12-2020, 05:58 PM   #1
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Default Paint or Stain Trunk

I'm new at this, got my car a few months ago, and need some experienced opinions.


I have an external trunk on a rack. It looks fairly new, constructed of galvanized metal, but no manufacturers label. It might be homemade. If so, they did a good job. It is covered with material that appears to be some kind of fabric and there are rivets that hold it together and go through the fabric and leather pieces.



My concern is the fabric is porous and nonresistant to dirt and moisture. Most of the trunks I have seen are covered with vinyl similar to the roofing material.


Is there something I could use to paint or seal this that would make it more durable? A brown or black would complement the car.
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Old 01-12-2020, 06:27 PM   #2
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Default Re: Paint or Stain Trunk

It looks too nice to paint or stain. Why not just do a water repellent treatment? If you want a different color the auto parts stores sell fabric dyes in auto colors.
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It looks like the type I have made by Varco. Search Varco luggage racks and you will see them. They also make a luggage rack that is more like the original ones not the chrome Taiwan ones. For some reason the vendors do not sell the metal based trunks from Varco but do sell a plywood one that basically does look the same but edge trim is how you can tell the difference.
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