ATTN: Detailers, dealing with rock/paint chips on front bumper?

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by Kroze, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. Kroze

    Kroze Active Member

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    How do you guys fix these things and do you have any recommendation on how to prevent it from happening? buy a car bra?

    I have 2 2006 model cars and both of them are pretty bad in term of rock chipping in the front bumper.
     
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    3M Clear Bra is an option, but an expensive one.

    I'd avoid the leather ones, unless you plan on taking it off frequently and cleaning it. Once dirt/stones/etc. get in behind it, the bra can rub against that stuff and scratch the paint even more.

    That, and they're ugly IMHO.
     
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    look for someone that uses ClearShield by SolarGuard or VentureShield. If you're feeling real jiggy, you can check out www.xpel.com and buy your own kit and put it on, but it's not easy.

    edit: both of those products look much better than 3M ClearBra.
     
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    Have you personally used this? It looks like a good product, but I'd like to hear an experience aside from what is on their website.
     
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    ran a quick search on google and on bimmerforums someone says it turns out foggy looking. said it was barely worth $40

    repaint would be the best looking "fix" option :dunno: but then you're looking at $400 plus more for repairs
     
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    Touch-up paint or reshoot if bad enough, then get a clear bra.
     
  8. MartyFukstein

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    No, but I've used touchup kits similar to it.

    They don't work well on light metallics, but on solids and dark colored cars, it's well worth the $40.

    Consider the alternatives:

    1. Do nothing.
    2. Respray for $400.

    $40 seems like a fair compromise.
     
  9. albuffit

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    hm.. its the opposite for me, although i mix my own paint.

    works great on light colored metallics (if you can get the match close on some), but looks like completely shit on black and dark color cars (metallics and solids). anything non-metallic (besides black which may turn out the worst) usually turns out damn good, especially white and red.

    for prevention:
    1) dont tailgate.
    2) dont drive on known rocky roads.. if so, drive slow.
    3) dont drive on highways as much.
     

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