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Old 12-29-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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How to protect paint from chips?

My hood looks like someone splattered white paint on it, but that's my car. I'm thinking about buying the wifey a new vehicle, and don't want it to suffer the fate of so many chips as mine has.

I thought there was a product out there that allows you to put a thin, clear plastic coat over the paint. That's better than a bra or deflector that scratches the paint.

I can't remember what that product is called. Going searching!


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Old 12-29-2013, 04:17 PM   #2
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Found it- Invisible Mask.

Has anyone had any experience with this stuff? Willitwork?
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A clear bra is what your thinking of, or also known as Paint Protection Film (PPF) The brand you might be thinking of is Lamin-x

There are many manufacturers of the stuff. A lot of tint shops do this kind of work as the process is very similar to window tint, or you can buy a roll online and try it yourself.

3M also make a DIY spray on clear bra as well.

http://www.amazon.com/3M-90100-Paint.../dp/B00CCOBOI4
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I was getting ready to mention that^^.



Spray on and peel off. 3m has never that I know of, made a bad product.
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That spray would be good for my chin spoiler, I painted it and it lasted about 3 months before the paint started to chip off. I just ordered a mach 1 chin spoiler for the svt and I am debating whether or not to paint it, prob just gonna leave it black but now that I see the protector spray it makes me think twice...
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I'd go for a high quality film with a warranty against the clear bra/film chipping pealing or discolouring. It seems to work ok
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Yeah, it's clear protective film. I will inquire around town at tint shops. I imagine it would be difficult for a shop to do it without washing the car first. Knowing the goofballs in Memphis. I don't know if I can trust them.

Invisible Mask makes kits from 3M film. I'd use one of their kits, but I'd like to cover the whole hood. The car should be ok for a while since the wifey's trip is more residential than mine. The big trucks have just killed the Focus' hood.
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You can also buy bulk sheets of Lamin-X I'm sure you could get 3m stuff the same way. Just have to cut it yourself. I will be doing that on my next car. My Subaru looks beat from it.
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First time ever putting a clear bra on any of my cars, for a daily its a must. I do a lot of highway miles so it was needed, worth the money imo.
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You think the hood gets it bad? Take a close look at your windshield... Mine sparkles like glitter when the sun hits it just right.
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