How to prevent rock chips w/o clear bra?

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  1. Original

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    What are the best preventive measures for protecting resprayed paint?

    Resprayed paint is always soft and I've had things like doors be fine, but I'm looking to redo my front end and would hate to see hundreds of dollars down the drain when it's full of rock chips in a year.

    I think I've heard once that paint shops can use a harder clearcoat? I usually do my own work so I don't know!

    Contour SVT, don't ask why I spend so much money making it pretty. :o

    I appreciate any input :hs:
     
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    Don't tailgate on the highway
     
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    I usually stay back :hs: I think they all came when I had the car at 16 years ago, probably tailgated back then :o

    Is that really the only cause?

    It's weird to hear newer cars with back chipping as well.
     
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    I assumed debris was the only cause for front end chips- whether it be rocks or something else besides prep and adhesion. That's why they put the chip guard underneath the basecoat on the side aprons, to prevent damage. They obviously can't do that on the front without ruining that smooth appearance.

    I know some clears are supposedly harder than others, but I have no data to back that up- so I won't make any claims.
     
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    There are harder clears. G35s and newer Audis use them. Called ceramiclear, I think.

    But, when they chip, they chip BIG.

    Clearbra is your only option to prevent rock chips.
     
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    the inevitable :wtc:

    thanks guys
     
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    Mercedes uses CeramiClear. Audi uses Spies-Hecker and some of the new Infinitis have self healing paint (for the first 3 years, then it becomes like regular paint).
     
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    1. Park car in garage.
    2. Lose the keys to said car.
    3. ???
    4. Profit
     
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    lol thanks dudes, btw does painters tape help at all for highway driving?

    I live in a college town so I only use it to drive down the block usually.. but once every two months I drive about 600 miles on the highway.
     
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    the infinity paint is shit Ive seen it blown off at the car wash
     
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    Painters tape can definitely help on trips, yeah. I usually use the green stuff they sell at autobody supply shops; it's lower adhesion than the blue stuff and I find is easier to work with.
     
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    Depending on the car, you'll probably have to wait 20-30 years before the profit ever is set. Even sitting in a garage it'll lose value :sad2:

    Even though yes, it is the only way to prevent rock chips. I feel bad for the people here in Utah that use regular car bras especially considering they have started going to a sand/salt mixture. Some nasty shit when those bras are removed :noes:
     

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