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JB330Ci
01-03-2003, 07:41 PM
:mad: :banghead: Just found out there are 3 or 4 rock chips on th e hood. I knew there was a rock hitting the windshield this afternoon when I was on the highway going about 85 mph. It always has little rocks flying here and there but I didn't expect to see the chips on the hood. They are about 1/4" long and you can see the base paint under. I coverd them with wax and will just polish the wax off tomorrow morning.:mad: Does going fast get more chips or the other way around? :tsk:

Kaz
01-03-2003, 08:04 PM
Well, driving faster = rock moving faster relative to paint = hits harder = more likely to chip paint.

Makes sense to me.

Plaz
01-03-2003, 08:09 PM
Originally posted by JB330Ci
Just found out there are 3 or 4 rock chips on the hood.

3 or 4?!?

Man, multiply that by 20 for my first 15k miles.

I still think the worst of it occurred in Death Valley following Vince with his anti-tailgating countermeasures. :tsk:

I just had a big detailing job done... I plan to touch up my chips just before the next one, in 6 months or so. Wash with Dawn, touch up chips (maybe I'll try the paint pen thingamabob that's being advertised here), then bring it in for the full detail, to put a few coats of wax over the touch-ups.

I just figure it's part of the cost of ownership. I'm sure not going to change the way I drive, or where I drive, just for some minor cosmetic blemish avoidance. :dunno:

(Except I may insist on being in front of Vince for any future 'fest caravans.) :lmao:

Kaz
01-03-2003, 08:20 PM
My visible chips on the sheetmetal isn't bad. The bumper, OTOH looks like the face of a teenager, though the paint dents without chipping off the plastic.

Plaz
01-03-2003, 08:23 PM
Originally posted by Kaz
My visible chips on the sheetmetal isn't bad. The bumper, OTOH looks like the face of a teenager, though the paint dents without chipping off the plastic.

Alpine White is probably the best color to disguise rock chips... all mine look like white specks on my blue car. Like the hood has dandruff or something.

Kaz
01-03-2003, 08:28 PM
After that trip, I'm seriously considering getting a half-bra for long (or rocky) trips. Repainting the bumper isn't such a huge deal compared to the hood, and a halfsie is easier to take on and off so I'd likely use it only when appropriate.

bren
01-03-2003, 09:15 PM
Originally posted by Kaz
I'm seriously considering getting a half-bra for long (or rocky) trips. Repainting the bumper isn't such a huge deal compared to the hood, and a halfsie is easier to take on and off so I'd likely use it only when appropriate.

I got the Colgan from Bav. Auto for this very reason....

SONET
01-03-2003, 09:25 PM
Originally posted by Kaz
After that trip, I'm seriously considering getting a half-bra for long (or rocky) trips.
Hey I still have some black racing tape left over from DV. I might even give you the rest of the roll if you were to ask nicely. :lmao:

<img src="http://home1.gte.net/res0jr6t/Misc/03-BMW330Ci.jpg">

I have very few rock chips (except on the headlights... yikes!), however I do have quite a bit of tape goo that I keep finding in the strangest places. Wonder where that came from? :dunno:

--SONET

eric5150
01-03-2003, 09:40 PM
So, following the logic here, wouldn't that mean that Stuka is going to need xpel for both sides of the car to do any good ? ;)

Stuka
01-03-2003, 09:53 PM
Originally posted by eric5150
So, following the logic here, wouldn't that mean that Stuka is going to need xpel for both sides of the car to do any good ? ;)

Stuka's hood still looks very pretty, since I got Stongard put on the car before I even drove off the dealer's lot.

Best 800 bucks I have ever spent.:thumbup: Yes, I know it should be less, but I got the car in IN, and the Stongard guy had to drive from OH to do the job and charged me drive time.:dunno:

Andy
02 M3 CB/Cloth SMG

Bill97Z
01-04-2003, 10:22 AM
Bra's will hurt the paint.....get an xpel kit, that is the way to go.....

tgravo2
01-04-2003, 10:56 AM
What about that 3M clear bra, I thought about doing that

The Roadstergal
01-04-2003, 12:07 PM
I've seen Stoneguard and Xpel, and the deciding factor in the 'invisibleness' always seems to be the quality of the install. Get someone good!

I'd disagree with the 'bras damage paint,' though - if you clean and dry the paint well, then put the bra on correctly, and pull it and wash and dry after going through wet or dirt, you should be fine. A friend of mine bra-ed his Z before crossing mountian passes (a regular commute), and his paint looked fantastic.

Pinecone
01-04-2003, 12:55 PM
I don't have rock chip problems. I got StonGard installed on the M3 the evening I picked it up. It had a 2 hour drive without protection.

I did the BMW kit on the Roadster. And it needs to be redone. I may do it, or I may have someone else do it.

On the Dakar Roadster it is pretty much not noticible, except where there are a couple of install flaws. And even they aren't that bad.

The Topaz M3 does show the line at the edge. Part of that may be that I need to do a better job of cleaning the line after waxing. But that is a spring project already in the works.

Personally, I think overall it looks better than something like the Colgan bra.

invisiguard
01-12-2003, 11:30 PM
Kaz, if you decide to have a clear bra installed, get a hold of Edre at Envision Design Labs in Torrance (edl@envisagedesignlabs.com) He does great installs and is very reasonably priced, tell him Jeremy from Invisiguard sent you, he'll take care of you;)
If anyone has any other questions about paint protection film feel free the write me at Invisiguard@sbcglobal.net
Jeremy