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Cadillac XTS Forum Discussion, Inner Fender Wells in Current Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Has anybody noticed that the material used on the inner fender wells is not the usual plastic?? It kind of ...
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    Cadjiek is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Inner Fender Wells

    Has anybody noticed that the material used on the inner fender wells is not the usual plastic?? It kind of feels like a hard felt material.
    I wonder how it cleans up especially after a ride in the winter on a salt covered road. Anybody know what this material is. I guess I won't be useing any Armoral on it. That's ok as long as it washes up nice. Yes I am one those characters that cleans everything on my cars. By the way did I say that the lighting on this this car is gorgeous inside and out. Well I just said it. I'm having a blast.

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    Re: Inner Fender Wells

    Good catch @Cadjiek. I had not actually taken the time to look at them on SilverFox until your comment. Yes it does seem like a type of felt, That is probably one of the reasons the interior is so quite. Here a some shots I just took when I looked of the fender wells. These by the way are uncleaned following my drive yesterday through a torrential downpour. They were totally dry today and yesterday did not drip water on my floor (in other words, I do not think they absorbed any water at all).

    These are from the front wheel well:







    and the back wheel well:



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    Re: Inner Fender Wells

    Ewww, not a good choice of material. I can't stand the look of a clean car and tire-blacked tires and then a dirty/light-colored wheel well. I always wash the fender wells and then spray some tire black on them. I can't imagine how this material will look after a winter of driving on salted and sanded roads. Time will tell for all y'all lucky guys who own one....

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    Re: Inner Fender Wells

    Quote Originally Posted by TulsaVic View Post
    Ewww, not a good choice of material. I can't stand the look of a clean car and tire-blacked tires and then a dirty/light-colored wheel well. I always wash the fender wells and then spray some tire black on them. I can't imagine how this material will look after a winter of driving on salted and sanded roads. Time will tell for all y'all lucky guys who own one....
    The wheel wells are darker than they appear in the photos. That was with flash.

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    Re: Inner Fender Wells

    I'm sure it is a material that is designed to be cleaned. Who knows maybe it will clean better than the plastic ones.

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    Re: Inner Fender Wells

    My wife has them on her 2010 Lexus RX-350. Cleans up very good and helps with sound.

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    Re: Inner Fender Wells

    Guess it's the new GM standard. Just looked at a new LaCrosse and it has the same material in the wheel wells.

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    Congrats and enjoy your car!

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    Re: Inner Fender Wells

    Quote Originally Posted by CJM View Post
    Just picked up my XTS today!! ▄ber sweet ride, this car is very nice
    Excellent @CJM. How 'bout some more details please

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    Re: Inner Fender Wells

    Quote Originally Posted by CJM View Post
    Just picked up my XTS today!! ▄ber sweet ride, this car is very nice
    Don't get up too many times at night, to go to the garage for a "little peek."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TulsaVic
    Ewww, not a good choice of material. I can't stand the look of a clean car and tire-blacked tires and then a dirty/light-colored wheel well. I always wash the fender wells and then spray some tire black on them. I can't imagine how this material will look after a winter of driving on salted and sanded roads. Time will tell for all y'all lucky guys who own one....
    Cadillac is not new with this. My 2006 Acura RL had the felt covered wells. They were introduced in late 2004 for the 2005 model year.

    I owned my RL for over 5 years and 96k miles and the material held up just fine. I would often spray the area with a high pressure hose to keep it clean.

    As others have mentioned, the intention is to minimize road noise and pebble noise bouncing off of the inner fender.

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