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Old 02-10-2014, 10:35 PM   #1
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My '94 is fresh out of paint booth with a 2 stage paint (AK 30mm fenders and quarter panels). I would really like not to get any rock chips for at least 6 months.

Has anyone tried any products besides masking tape? Here are options I'm considering:
The goal is not to look like a blue tape maniac.

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I've heard a couple good things about the road wrap. Seems simple enough. If my car had paint I'd give it a try.
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As a body man that knows quite a bit about paint, I would go for the Road Wrap for a few reasons.

1. Its a lot tougher than plastidip. At speed, a rock or debris can chew right through plastidip and into the paint quite easily. I have rarely taken road wrap off the front of a car and seen any rock chips under it. And that's on high mileage cars here in Michigan, where the highways may as well be dirt instead of concrete.

2. Plastidip is known to discolor or "bite into" fresh clear coat. Depending on the quality or chemical makeup of your clear coat it could take up to 2 months for it to cure fully. I wouldn't put plastidip over anything that wasn't over a year old yet.

Regardless of what you choose, don't put anything on it for at least 30 days from the date it was painted, gas pockets are still exiting the clear and you don't want to trap them.

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As a body man that knows quite a bit about paint, I would go for the Road Wrap for a few reasons.

1. Its a lot tougher than plastidip. At speed, a rock or debris can chew right through plastidip and into the paint quite easily. I have rarely taken road wrap off the front of a car and seen any rock chips under it. And that's on high mileage cars here in Michigan, where the highways may as well be dirt instead of concrete.

2. Plastidip is known to discolor or "bite into" fresh clear coat. Depending on the quality or chemical makeup of your clear coat it could take up to 2 months for it to cure fully. I wouldn't put plastidip over anything that wasn't over a year old yet.

Regardless of what you choose, don't put anything on it for at least 30 days from the date it was painted, gas pockets are still exiting the clear and you don't want to trap them.

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Thank you very much for a great answer! I still need to install new suspension and bunch of other things onto this car so it won't see any track action for a few more months.
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I've used this. Hard to get all the bubbles out w/o spending a ton of time but it's functional and a roll lasts a long time.

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The 3M clearcoat "plasti-dip" coating stuff look interesting. I forgot the actual name, but it's similar to the road wrap once sprayed.
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Go to Cars & Coffee instead.

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I would 110% recommend this product.

Invisible Mask - Clear Bra Automotive Paint Protection, 3M Scotchgard, Carbon Fiber 3M Films

Click on Shop Our Store and then Catalog #1. Find your model. It's really hard to work with, but if you take your time, follow the directions and use a blow drier to help tack spots, it turns out really nice.

I'm pretty confident with the material because I've been using the same crap on my cell phones for years. It's just massively bigger.

I know the picture is washed out a bit, but you in your own eyes, you can barely tell there's anything there. If you want me to get some more better pics, let me know.

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3M has a sprayable clear bra out now that is supposedly quite good. I would look into that.

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3M has a sprayable clear bra out now that is supposedly quite good. I would look into that.

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My car came with one of these when I bought it. Yes, they still make them. Yes, I still have it on a shelf.

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If you're going to clearbra anything on the car, put it behind the front and rear wheel wells. R-comps will blast the paint off the fenders inside of 18 months without any protection.
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If you're going to clearbra anything on the car, put it behind the front and rear wheel wells. R-comps will blast the paint off the fenders inside of 18 months without any protection.
Great suggestion, thank you!
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