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Old 01-11-2019, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by MMD View Post

This type of road debris damage happens frequently enough that it cannot be considered an exception. Drive along most Interstates and take a look at all the rubber from truck tires left on the sides of the roads. Have you ever been next to a 18 wheel truck on a Interstate when a tire explodes or the rethread tire unravels? Don't think this causes damage too huh? You need to get out more. You're unaware of the real world.
Yup, actually I have (thought it took out the rear quarter panel on the passenger side). I was in the fast lane and the semi was in the center lane and I had nowhere to go. I was lucky as the tire blew just after we passed it. Scared the crap outa me and my wife when it happened (this was in my '14 Z51 on the way back from Seattle)

And puuuullleeeeze dude.. you're not the only person who deals with "the real world"

Sheesh.....

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Old 01-11-2019, 06:16 PM
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Yup, actually I have (thought it took out the rear quarter panel on the passenger side). I was in the fast lane and the semi was in the center lane and I had nowhere to go. I was lucky as the tire blew just after we passed it. Scared the crap outa me and my wife when it happened (this was in my '14 Z51 on the way back from Seattle)

And puuuullleeeeze dude.. you're not the only person who deals with "the real world"

Sheesh.....
Well you were not impacted with the rubber and steel belt these tires have. It would be interesting to see how PPF protects against this type of damage which is quite common and very real world. You would think that companies that offer PPF would guarentee against road damages like this if it were capable of withstanding this level of damage.
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:33 PM
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I call FUD!! sorry, PPF does not cost $10k.
However, it does cost "$5,500.00 for a complete wrap." I won't name the contractor, but we ALL know the one......
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You would think that companies that offer PPF would guarentee against road damages like this if it were capable of withstanding this level of damage.
Maybe because it isn't designed to withstand it? Don't remember any manufacturer ever claiming so (and I would think a little common sense would indicate there's a point where NOTHING will protect what lies underneath.

But since we're providing anecdotes about our experiences with PPF, I hit a small animal (racoon, cat I really don't know) doing about 35 in my '14 Z51. It hit the front fascia on the passenger side, rolled underneath it, front tire ran over it and it exited the rear of the car. I pulled over and did a cursory exam and didn't see any damage. After I got home, it turned out the air dam was torn off and the wheel well liner was broken "all over the place" (ended up replacing it- fortunately it was only a $90 part!). And also, the front fascia paint - when viewed in the right light - was all spiderwebed but looked ok otherwise. If the Xpel wasn't there, I have little doubt that area would have needed to be repainted

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Old 01-11-2019, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Skid Row Joe View Post
However, it does cost "$5,500.00 for a complete wrap." I won't name the contractor, but we ALL know the one......
So basically $5500 is 45% less than $10K. And in reality a full wrap is not needed, just the common impact areas. So realistically the cost is more like $2-2500. $10K is FUD.
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However, it does cost "$5,500.00 for a complete wrap." I won't name the contractor, but we ALL know the one......
Depends where. A local authorized Xpel installer quoted me $4,100 for a complete one.
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Originally Posted by KenHorse View Post
Depends where. A local authorized Xpel installer quoted me $4,100 for a complete one.
I quoted installation bids here last week, from low to high, and they were deleted. I'm not naming the source/s, so I don't get the factual information deleted again. Ppf wraps aren't 360į worth it to me all things considered, as outlined in my previous posts.


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Old 01-11-2019, 08:42 PM
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I don't like stone chips. Of course no one does. I got the 3M clear bra on all the front parts and on the mirrors for $750. No chips after 87,000 miles. I see a few little indentations in the bra at the proper angle, but nothing went to the paint where that ugly primer shows. I can't touch up very well, so I don't like the looks of a front end all dabbed up with clumps of paint. It has been worth it for me, but I understand those who don't want to spend the money up front to have the film applied. I don't have any rock chips on the rest of the car either. Some are pricing in doing the whole car. You don't have to do that. Just get the front end done.

87,000 miles...I am somewhat embarrassed to admit to the forum our cars were built on the same day and I only have 17,500 on my car. Then again, seeing how well you drove it a few years ago on our drive through Newport Oregon Iím not surprised.
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Yes, stone chips bug me. I do have the protection film on my C7 and had it on my C6. It does seem to help the severity of the damage based on a '04 C5Z I have without the film with 35,000 miles.

The installer I used has a 4 year replacement for material cost only.
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I had the front end wrapped with Xpel - so hopefully stone chips will be kept to a very minimal amount.
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I care! I bought mine used with a couple tiny little chips here and there in the front and it drives me absolutely insane. So much so that I'm considering having the front bumper repainted and then wrapped in clear. I do have a mild case of OCD though. 😁
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Itís a car. Cars get chips and scratches. I certainly donít look for them and try to avoid them when possible but they happen. Oh well.

My C5 had 160k miles when I sold it and my C6 had 80k miles and neither were perfect but they were still presentable.

Iím up to 23k on the C7 so itís still pretty new
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and it makes our cars look silly stupid...
...but paint chips look better?
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:18 AM
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Well I have noticed that I have quite a few more stone chips on my 2014 Stingray than I had on my C5 or C6. Of course they were not white,which for some reason GM decided to use dark primer underneath and on my C6, which was Monterey Red they used light primer?!? However, there's way more on my C7 than either previous Corvettes and I wonder if the paint is more brittle or thinner? But, I keep the car Zainoed just like my previous Vettes. I thought of getting XPEL but I don't like the thought of the film yellowing and I'd have to have the chips fixed before doing it anyway. So I'll just let the next owner worry about them.
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It's funny how people still think PPFs still yellow these days. Someone should also tell them they don't need to change their oil every 3000 miles. lol
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87,000 miles...I am somewhat embarrassed to admit to the forum our cars were built on the same day and I only have 17,500 on my car. Then again, seeing how well you drove it a few years ago on our drive through Newport Oregon Iím not surprised.
But yours will last a lot longer. It's a good thing I'm looking at a new for next year or so. But as trouble free as this one has been and all the horror stories about the A8 and the rest of the drive line stuff I'm having second thoughts. I wouldn't want to get a new one and have it be a lemon.
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I don't like rock chips but had plenty on my 2015 that I kept touching up. My 2017 had some when I bought it used, but I just had the front fascia repainted and will add PPF to the nose only, no fenders or hood. Besides rock chips, the fascia looks sandblasted to me over time and it just doesn't hold up as well as the rest of the car. I like to drive mine but I also like it to look as best it can. With the PPF I'll worry less and at $500 it's not too bad.
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Doesn't it all depend on what type of oil you use???

PS, why is a guy called C5 asking questions on a C7 forum??
Why am I called 4thC4at60? Because when I joined the forum 15 years ago I was on my 4th C4 at 60 years of age. I am now 77, the 4th C4 is long gone, replaced by a C6 for seven (7) years, and now I'm in my C7 for four (4) years.....

Stone chips: 81K+ miles on the C7 - drive it everywhere, so, yes, it has stone chips. Have 40K miles on my Ferrari. It has stone chips too. Will have the front end of both cars resprayed at some point. At the end of the day they're just cars.
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I thought of getting XPEL but I don't like the thought of the film yellowing and I'd have to have the chips fixed before doing it anyway. So I'll just let the next owner worry about them.
Xpel doesn't yellow. No modern film does
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No, I don't obsess over getting stone chips but certainly don't want any. And I haven't and will not spend $2000>$3000 to cover car with film. I can fix A LOT of damage for that. I have a GS with the factory skirts and added GM front and rear splash guards.
I don't have any stone chips yet but I attribute that to driving with good old fashion common sense as much as anything.
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I worry about getting chips. But I'm not gonna pay for ppf when I know I won't keep the car forever.

I just try to stay far behind people when on the highway and I'll use Dr Colorchip to fix the ones that are inevitable.

Kevin, and Stacee summed up my feelings exactly, I don't want 'em, but I don't obsess over them either. I also have a Novistretch Bra that I'll slap on there for a road trip.

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