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Is there any suggestions for something that would help protect my cars paint I didn't get what the dealer offered but I was wondering if any of you had any ideas? Thanks
 

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Go check out your local detailing shops, they can do it and most likely better than your dealer. Check the autopia and cargeek forums for all the info you ever wanted on car coatings. I'm personally getting cquartz UK next time I coat my vehicles.
 

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Best paint protection you can buy in my opinion is Expel clear film. I have the nose and side mirrors of my Corvette covered to prevent stone chips. 2 years and no damage. I think I paid around 750 bucks for this coverage and am very happy with it. I am the only one who knows the film is even there.
 

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opti coat or whatever. you don't have to get it through the dealer. go find a local bodyshop
Dealers are usually the worst to go to, just about anyone here will be better off going to a professional detailer that is known for doing a lot of paint protection jobs and overall is a good detailer.
 

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Hello

Acrylic paint protection is one way to get your exteriors shining for long. You can also use car waxing techniques and car polishing options to safeguard the car body. Go to a reputed car groomer to get this done in the best possible manner.

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I definitely want to get paint protection when I get my new Civic. I have fixed hundreds of tiny chips and dings from 10 years of highway driving in my 2006 Civic.

However, hasn't paint technology progressed? I was told years ago the new powder coated and dipped paints are much more chip resistant
 

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Not quite sure. I know paint has been improved so it doesn't fade as fast in sunlight but this is the first time I've heard about it being more chip resistant. May be more resistant but still possible and I tend to keep my cars for a long time. I'd just cover the car with clear film.
 

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Chip resistance might have to do with how elastic the paint it since that should help in it absorbing some of the impact.
 

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However, hasn't paint technology progressed? I was told years ago the new powder coated and dipped paints are much more chip resistant
From what I have read the more environmentally friendly paints are actually less chip resistant.... of course that may just be mfg. BS to cover their chip prone paint processes....

Has any else heard the same?
 

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For what an owner will pay for one of those special paint treatments in a few years it will be just a waste of money. I am willing to bet a treated Civic that has gone through a few winters in the Midwest will not longer bead water. The sun will bake it off in the southwest. No treatment last years.


Buy a good wax that will aid the clear coat and apply it every six months to a year. There is not magic solution here. Just good old manual labor and a result you can be happy with.
 

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meguiars #7. wax every 1-6 months depending on your needs. i try to wax every 2 months or so. also rain x on a regular basis. or if you have money to blow, aquapel. lasts longer but beads slower.
 

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The optimum (and most expensive) is the "nano" or ceramic coating. Get the wheels done as well. Lasts for years, and nothing, not even brake dust, will stick to it.
 

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For what an owner will pay for one of those special paint treatments in a few years it will be just a waste of money. I am willing to bet a treated Civic that has gone through a few winters in the Midwest will not longer bead water. The sun will bake it off in the southwest. No treatment last years.


Buy a good wax that will aid the clear coat and apply it every six months to a year. There is not magic solution here. Just good old manual labor and a result you can be happy with.
You are correct that nothing will last the life of the car, or for years and years of yes. HOWEVER - You can easily get stuff that lasts for a couple of years. The idea is to have something that truly lasts to take the worst of the wear and tear on the paint. This stuff has to be polished back off the car as when it sticks, it sticks. I put some on both my cars early this year and the water still beads right up even though it is winter here now. Makes washing a million times easier, I do not need to clay my car to get all the crap off of it as it comes off with basic hand washing now.

Yes, I will still put on wax or a detailing spray a couple times a year to really deepen the shine, or make it truly look it's best, but overall the upkeep required is AMAZINGLY less. My cost for a good coating done myself is under $100 including towels and whatever else I might need. Over three years it saves me that much in extra washes, waxes and time in upkeep so the $100 is totally worth it to me. I like washing and waxing cars and I love a clean car, anything to help me out and save time and keep my car looking it's best it worth it. Actually the $100 will do a few cars, but that's the cost to get going regardless.

My car - paint 2.5 years old and looking better than when I took it off the lot. Car lives outdoors and had no garage to keep it form the sun. My red car when looking like this gets everyone's attention at stoplights and when driving by lol. Man I love this shade of red and will be sad to lose that awesome paint when I trade for an Si. :(





Hard to see the shine on Honda's White Orchid Pearl in photos, but I tried.





 

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I have to say your Abarth really looks good. The depth and shine are amazing!

What wax do you use that lasts a long time? I am looking for something long term versus applying every two months.
 

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I had a 3M clear bra put on my hood and headlights. Later when I have more money I will do the lower part of the bumper, the headlights and the fenders.
 
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