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Old 10-25-2008, 10:23 AM   #1
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Exclamation Destroying the paint

So how long do you think itll be before the HUGE front area of the Camaro looks like a golf ball with all the rock chips that are bound to happen??

I figure that the bumpers would be fine but the headlights are going to turn into fogged and chipped versions of the 98-02 Camaro. I really hate to say this but I think itll happen pretty fast.

The main thing the car has going against it is that its such a FLAT area for the front of the car. In fact some areas even lean forward!

Does anybody know what the headlight covers are made out of?
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Old 10-25-2008, 10:27 AM   #2
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won't on mine.

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Old 10-25-2008, 10:32 AM   #3
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Don't be so sure about that. The difference between these headlights and the 4th-gens is that not only was quality on compromise during the 4th-Gen production period, but also the 4th-gen headlamp lenses were fully exposed to the elements.

The 5th-gen Camaro has a pretty-well concealed set of headlamps, protected under the shade of the huge v-shaped indention. Harmful UV radiation will have a much tougher time getting to the lens along with road debris which is what causes those ugly hazy, yellowed headlamps. The same thing goes for the Mustang - Personally, I have yet to see an S197 Mustang with foggy headlamps and I live in Florida! And they're not even as well-hidden as the Camaro's!

However, if you're worried about it, do the very thing the factory always failed to do: put clearcoat over them to protect them. Unfortunately, federal standards for headlamp housings are very low, so most car manufacturers went ahead and cut corners on them and just slapped some very mildly-protected clear lexan plastic over the headlamps and called it a day. The Chrysler cars are notorious for it which is why their cars from the late 90's and early 00's have some of the foggiest headlamps imagineable.

Maybe the reason Mustang headlamp lenses are always so clear is because they do put clearcoat over them, I don't know - but I do know their concealed locations helps, and it will help even more so with the Camaro. Just get them clearcoated and you won't have a thing to worry about!

As for the bumper... especially on that SS, well all I can say to everyone including myself is that we best be as careful as we can. xD It's gonna get rashed up eventually, but that's what a quick bumper repaint is for.
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Old 10-25-2008, 11:19 AM   #4
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Very very good points. I have never thought about putting clear coats on headlight lenses but it does make a ton of sense.

Ive thought about the rockblocker and itll be a great investment for sure. I cant get the site to work so how much does one of their kits usually run?
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Old 10-25-2008, 11:54 AM   #5
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What's the best coating to use to reduce the chip damage to the front? I don't want the front to look all rippled from the chip coat, and a bra is TOTALLY out of the question.
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Old 10-25-2008, 03:07 PM   #6
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What's the best coating to use to reduce the chip damage to the front? I don't want the front to look all rippled from the chip coat, and a bra is TOTALLY out of the question.
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So? There's no info on the site....looks like a front.
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price is around 250-350. . well worth the money.
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Old 10-26-2008, 03:00 PM   #9
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can you wax and polish on that stuff?
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Old 10-26-2008, 03:05 PM   #10
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So? There's no info on the site....looks like a front.
clear vinyl wraps custom made for your car. so that when the vinyl gets chipped, you just replace the section.
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What about the 3M clear tape / Bra that I see alot of Corvete drivers getting installed to keep the front end from looking like a cheese grater?
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It's about the same thing dvnt88. . .

and yes you can wax over it. . . it's just like waxing over stripes.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:43 PM   #13
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thank you franknbeans for beating me to the rockblocker link post

the rockblocker stuff is something i have heard MUCH about with very few bad results. grantid the cost may be a bit outrageous, think about the long term investment? custom cut vinyl strips made of 3m vinyl that prevent the crap we hate most...rock chipping.

now of course you may not think its worth it since you've been driving car(s) for xx amount of years and never cared. but this being my first "major" car, im gonna get that lovely little addition to make sure its perfect.
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for sure man. . . When i sold my srt-4 it only had 17k miles on it. . Weekend driver car for 4 years and there wasn't "a lot" of rock chips, but more than i wanted.

I want 0 on my Camaro 4-5-6 years from now.
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can you wax and polish on that stuff?
From http://rockblocker.com/faq.htm

Q. Can I use wax over Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film?

A. Yes. When waxing the vehicle, some wax may build up along the film edges. This can easily be removed when dry with a soft brush such as an old toothbrush. Do not use any waxes containing dyes or waxes that are not recommended for urethanes. Abrasive polishes and/or rubbing compounds are not to be used.

Q. What products does 3M recommend to best maintain Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film?

A. 3M makes a variety of products to help maintain the beauty of your vehicle. 3M™ Car Wash Soap (3M Part #39000), 3M™ Show Car Paste Wax (3M Part #39526) and 3M™ Perfect-It Show Car Liquid Wax (3M Part #39026). The best surface cloth to use is the 3M™ Perfect-IT™ III Detailing Cloth (3M Part #39016) since others may scratch the surface of the film.
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hmm i think ima just go without the rockblocker, i don't trust my polisher on that stuff.
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:28 PM   #17
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As soon as I get my SS, its going into the auto protectors to get full limo tints (shaved windows) and a clear bra (by 3M).

I resprayed my magnum front 3 times before I finally decided to get it clear bra'd.
You cant notice it at all and since then no chips!!
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Yeah, the best way to tint is to tint to the edge of the windows then shave them at the edge so it looks like a factory window. It looks freakin amazing, like you cant even feel the edge of the tints.
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Old 10-29-2008, 01:56 PM   #20
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One thing to be aware of...when sections of the 3M mask is removed, it's very possible it may pull paint. This stuff really sticks.

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clear vinyl wraps custom made for your car. so that when the vinyl gets chipped, you just replace the section.
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Old 10-29-2008, 02:00 PM   #21
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If the headlight covers (which are probably made of lexan) get scratched, fogged or haze(y)you can use Brasso. It will clear them right up. But I don't see that happening for about 50k miles or more.
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