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I have the same problem, but only on the right side, for some reason. I used the film sold by Wunderlich. They sell two packages: one is a set of pre-cut pieces for the panniers and the other is just a rectangle of the film which you can cut to your liking. It's easy to apply inexpensive and almost invisible.
 

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You should be able to buy film sheets at any motorcycle parts store specializing on dirt bike supplies. Much less expensive than Wunderlich. Nice thick material, 8 or 12 mm, that wears well and doesn't leave residue when removed or replaced.
 

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I just use clear stick on tape - change it every few months and it does the job. Couple of layers stop any scratiching and some WD40 removes the stickie-mess afterwards.
 

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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Thanks everyone for the posts.

I guess no one has tried the frame protectors that I originally posted about?

They are those dome type heavy weight decals.
Maybe I will try them out and give a review.
 

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My bike doesn't spend a lot of time in the wash bay. Even so, the protectors look very near a clean and glossy as they were when new. Maybe a slight dulling at the main contact points but generally, they just wipe down and look fine.

Almost anything beats the scared up paint under them.
 
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