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#1 (permalink) Old 04-22-2007, 11:32 PM
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Opinions on 3M Scotchguard paint protection film (aka 3m Clear)

After going on a mini-vacation and racking up quite a few miles (and getting my first paint chip) I’m seriously thinking of getting some sort of clear coat protection. The 3M solution looks like the most visually appealing solution to me and I was wondering what people think about it; specifically:
-[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]How well does it last?
-[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]Is it “wash resistant”?

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PS, 3M Scotchguard is the product I was thinking of getting.

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Re: Opinions on 3M Scotchguard paint protection film (aka 3m Clear)

Have it. Like it. However, it still scratches if you drive next to trees/twigs and such. Seems to scratch similar to the way the clear coat does, so it doesn't look too funny, but I doubt you can just buff it out.
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Re: Opinions on 3M Scotchguard paint protection film (aka 3m Clear)

works great. I've had it for about a year, it's just about the only part of the fj that doesn't have a paint chip.

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Re: Opinions on 3M Scotchguard paint protection film (aka 3m Clear)

I have it, I also love it. I think it will will help with anything that comes off the road and hits the paint.

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Re: Opinions on 3M Scotchguard paint protection film (aka 3m Clear)

Is there any special maintenence that you have to do once it's installed or do you just wash the vehicle as usual? Also how easy it it to replace once it gets damaged?

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Re: Opinions on 3M Scotchguard paint protection film (aka 3m Clear)

I had it back when I had my audi a4. Paid about $500 installed for the front bumper, mirrors, 1/4 of hood, and fenders. Definitely worth it if you live in an area where you'll get chips. Also, it makes cleaning off road debris, bug guts, tar, etc.. very easy, wipes right off.
For normal upkeep, you wash and wax it just as you would wax your car, just don't use any abrasives/polishes on it. If you already have chips on your front end it's probably not worth it to get the clearbra unless you get the chips fixed first. Otherwise when the film is applied, you'll have air bubbles/bumps where any paint chips are present and it won't look good at all. Applied on fresh paint with no chips=unnoticeable at most angles.
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Re: Opinions on 3M Scotchguard paint protection film (aka 3m Clear)

Here are a couple of sites that will help you out.

Paint Protection Film - XPEL Technologies Corp.

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Re: Opinions on 3M Scotchguard paint protection film (aka 3m Clear)

another thing to remember, there are a ton of different companies out there, who will swear up and down their product is better then the next. It's all made by 3m! The only difference you'll find from clearbra to xpel to invicashield to *insert local retailer* is the area covered and cut of each kit. So shop around for the best price.
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Re: Opinions on 3M Scotchguard paint protection film (aka 3m Clear)

Thats great advice. I'm going to have to take the FJ in to get the chips fixed. They are pretty small but nasty enough that I dont want to attempt fixing them with touch-up paint. Best to let the proffesionals fix that one.

Anyway once I have had the damage repaired I will be getting the clear film installed. From looking at other peoples threads it seems the A pillars are also fairly prone to damage so might get that done at the same time.

Last few questions on this how long does the film last before it needs to get applied (assuming that you dont catch a rock). Also resistant is it to normal wear and tear? Does it need to get replaced often or is it replace it after each bug / stone hit?

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Re: Opinions on 3M Scotchguard paint protection film (aka 3m Clear)

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It's all made by 3m!
Not true. Off the top of my head, I can think of a couple other companies that make Paint Protection Film.

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