14 years ago a bear attacked my pickup while I was out hiking. She bent the cowl louver completely over, the hood edge touching the windshield edge. I bent it back and re-anchored it but it still bends slightly and every attempt I have made at painting it has cracked at the bent spot. It annoyed me again recently so I stopped by the paint section for new inspiration and saw Rustoleum LeakSeal Flexible Rubber Coating, the description of which makes it seem as if it would work; it even comes in clear and can be painted over. I have an '87 pickup whose clear-coat long ago baked and sanded and blew away: it’s not pretty (but the engine still has the correct compression, it gets book mileage, and everything else mechanical works well), so I don’t care much how it looks.
I also thought of that vinyl grip paint made to coat tool handles.
Has anyone an idea about these?