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Old 07-21-2007, 01:45 AM   #1
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Clear Coating your 5th gen

there is a company here in fort collins that offers 3m clear coating for your vehicle. i have seen several Zo6's that this company has coated with this stuff from nose to tail. is any one else thinking of doing this in hope that the paint will not be damaged from rocks/road debris. I know that the zo6's that this guy has done is very expensive however this seems like a good choice with the poor quality roads in colorado. i know that i do not want any rock chips in my paint. i think that this option is worth the money charged. the website is http://www.qualitytint.com/
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Old 07-21-2007, 03:53 AM   #2
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From what I understand, car co's are already doing less coats of paint and more clear coats to try to protect it from rock chips and all. It really isn't a bad idea if you think about it. The more clear coats you have, the more difficult it is to damage...scratches and all. For the right price, I'd do it.
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Old 07-21-2007, 08:12 AM   #3
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There isn't a coating you can buy that will prevent paint damage from rocks and road debris. While clear coat will help protect the paint from very minor chips etc, your car will already have plenty of clear coat protection when you take delivery

I used to detail professionally, all of those 'paint protection packages' are nothing more than a good polish/wax job you can do in your garage for much less.

My product of choice is Zaino - I have used it on my GMC for quite a few years now and it looks great.
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Old 07-21-2007, 11:24 AM   #4
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This is something I was discussing w/ another buddy of mine after he broke his mirror off the side of his Ford F250 in passing another truck. The mirror broke off bouncing between the two trucks and it caused a few minor scrapes and scratches. But, we were discussing the paint process now and from years ago. He restores old trucks and sells them for a profit. If he really likes the truck he restores, he'll hold onto it for a while and then sell it. But, car co's used to paint multiple layers of paint. Then, they started going clear coating. Then, they stopped w/ the multiple layers of paint adding multiple layers of clear. It isn't meant to do much, but is meant to give as much protection as possible....very minor rock chips will hit, but not cause paint damage.
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Old 07-21-2007, 02:07 PM   #5
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this product is different from the clear coat that is painted on your car before you buy it. This product is a clear plastic film that is applied to you vehicle much like tint is applied to your windows.
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Old 07-21-2007, 09:59 PM   #6
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wouldn't that affect the "shinyness" of the vehicle...and make it a pain to wash?
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Old 07-21-2007, 11:43 PM   #7
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I've heard of this stuff. It's called 3M Clearbra. There's a guy in VA that had it done to the front of his Z06. You can't tell the difference.
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Old 07-22-2007, 02:26 AM   #8
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Huh. I'd be curious to look into it more. If you can't tell the difference and it won't scratch or fade over time (and you could remove it if you wanted), I think it would be a great idea.
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Junk... only works in states where there is no sun, rain, and/or snow... BIG TIME RUST STARTER...

Prove to me otherwise and I might buy into it…
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Old 07-22-2007, 08:16 AM   #10
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this product is different from the clear coat that is painted on your car before you buy it. This product is a clear plastic film that is applied to you vehicle much like tint is applied to your windows.
I may be wrong, but I think the paint needs to 'breathe'

I've seen this used on front ends during trips, on the rocker panels etc.
Over time it fades/changes color. As a temporary protectant in high impact areas, they work great. Over the whole car? I'll take my chances
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