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They permanently damage the paint on the vehicle no matter how "temporary."
Toyota Corolla, Larsen magnetic mount since 2007 (I replaced the magnetic mount once I think but am not sure). 400,000 miles and no damage to the paint. When I take it off to wash the car and want to put it back on, I cannot tell where it was. I would not try similar with one where metal on the mount could contact the paint.
 

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I'm glad that you guys like your magnet mounts and claim that no paint damage is done, but your cases are very rare. My Grandfather owned a body shop, so I witnessed a lot of damage, including that from magnet mounted devices. The base of the magnet mount can have the most high-tech, slick bottom, but when road grim and dirt get between your antenna and the paint, it will scratch. So, have fun with that. It's not my car and not my problem. It's just an observation from someone who installs NMO mount antennas for a living and has first-hand knowledge of the damage incurred by magnet mount devices.
 

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My experience of paint damage wasn't from the mag mount itself, but the coax whipping back and forth on the roof from the wind. Puts small scratches in the clear coat. Then you have the pinch point where you cram to coax in through a door or window. The point where the coax makes the bend to enter the vehicle is another wear point on the paint or painted trim work.

HRO sells 3/4 inch NMO hole plugs for when you want to sell/trade your vehicle in...

NMO hole plug from HRO

They are also sold by many other sources, but I picked HRO since many hams shop there.

I vote for a NMO mount. If you aren't comfortable doing it, have someone who is. They make a special hole saw that will do the job with no damage to the headliner at all.
 

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There is paint damage whether they claim it or see it or not. We know it's there. As others have said, if you're going to drill holes already then properly mount the antenna. Mag mounts are only good for temporary installs and by temporary I don't mean one that is on there constantly for weeks and weeks, months and months - that's not temporary.
 

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Hopefully I don't have to delete my own post as off-topic, so here goes...

The absolute best mag mount "install" I ever saw was a mag mount CB on the trunk with the coax routed inside the passenger compartment via plastic cable clamps screwed to the body (about 6 of them).
 

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Just an old soldier with a question for the drilling crowd. Is it ok to drill and mount NMO in the center of the trunk lid ?
 

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Just an old soldier with a question for the drilling crowd. Is it ok to drill and mount NMO in the center of the trunk lid ?
Sure. All our old Crown Victorias had the VHF whip mounted dead center on the trunk lid. As long as there isn't any bracing on the underside to keep the NMO mount from properly seating, it's not an issue.

However, it's not the "ideal" location. Performance will be better on top of the roof. Putting it down on the trunk lid can create some issues with it being down below the roof line, close to glass that may have a metal film tint or defroster wires. But, yes, it'll work.
 

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Here's one that will keep the coax from scratching the paint, but you still have to drill that dreaded hole to get the coax inside the vehicle without causing damage to the coax. I know this guy is safe from having scratched paint and I'm sure his resale value will remain high...

Magnet Mount Fail.jpeg
 

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Here's a good one that definitely has a good ground!
Looks like the parking lot at a HamFest. Always entertaining to walk around those. Only thing that is missing is a bunch of amber blinky lights. Nothing screams "whacker" like mag mounts and way too many amber strobes.
 

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Looks like the parking lot at a HamFest. Always entertaining to walk around those. Only thing that is missing is a bunch of amber blinky lights. Nothing screams "whacker" like mag mounts and way too many amber strobes.
Someone once told me that "whacker"/"ham sexy" status was having more than one antenna and radio. lol

I agree - the strobes are what push it over the line IMHO.
 
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