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Question DetailsAsked on 6/3/2015

What is the best way to protect new car from rock chips? specific products? applied permanently or removable cover?

Dealer promoting 3M Scotchguard Chipprotect but does it discolor? peel? last more than 5 years? can it be removed? In a car chat group one detailer wrote Xpel Ultimate, Ventureshield Ultra or Avery Nano Fusion all better products. Wouldn't a fabric or vinyl removable "bra" used when needed be best for preserving paint?

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the price of the "clear bras" is fairly high and add to that the instalation costs. they can be removed successfully but only for a short time (in my experience 2 years max) they need to be changed every 2-3 years. they all discolor and the the sun's heat cause the adhesive to bleed out of the edges. it's not a lot but it's just enough that dirt will adhere to it and you will have an unremoveable black line around all the shields.

i just removed one from a lexus last week that was only a few months old. most of it came off fine but there were several spots where the adhesive stayed. this removed with a solvent and the car looks as good as new.

personally, i don't like the product. i think it's a waste of money and for about the same price as the shields, you could get your hood and fenders repainted in five years. they will also trap dirt and combined with water runoff, you're basicly wet-sanding your vehicle's finish.

the fabric bras are somewhat hit or miss. if left on too long, they can rub the paint, primer and ecoat off completely. in louisiana, at our shop, we reccomend the fabric bras for the two weeks in the spring and two weeks in the late summer when "love bugs" are out in full force and if you have the "clear bras", we recomend getting them replaced every 2-3 years.

Source: 60 years combined experience in auto body collision repair

Answered 5 years ago by Dlauw

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